US, Afghans near agreement on night raids

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

KABUL, Afghanistan The Afghan president's office says a tentative agreement is being hammered out on the thorny issue of U.S. night raids.

That would clear a major obstacle that has been holding up a security agreement aimed at letting American forces stay in the country beyond next year's withdrawal deadline.

The statement says U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called President Hamid Karzai Tuesday to ask him to let U.S. troops conduct operations that might require entering Afghan homes in "exceptional" circumstances.

His office says Karzai promised to include that in the security agreement if Kerry defends it at a gathering of tribal elders.

The White House says the sides are working to finalize the agreement's text ahead of Thursday's Loya Jirga.

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