US, Afghans work toward agreement on night raids

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Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:00 am

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - In a phone call Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged "mistakes" and asked Afghan President Hamid Karzai to allow American forces to enter Afghan homes in "exceptional circumstances" as the two sides rushed to finalize the wording of a draft security agreement ahead of a meeting of tribal elders who must approve the deal.

Deep divisions in Afghanistan over legal immunity for American soldiers and contractors as well as night raids have threatened to derail diplomatic efforts to keep thousands of American soldiers in the country beyond next year's withdrawal deadline. The issue has taken on added urgency amid a spike in violence that has raised fears the Afghan forces aren't ready to take over the battle against the Taliban and al-Qaida linked militants without more training.

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