NATO night raids in Afghanistan lead to protests across country

Kabul, Sept 20 (ANI): The number of night raids on civilian homes by international forces in Afghanistan has increased substantially, a study has revealed.

The BBC quoted the Open Society Foundation study as saying that although the US had improved their practices, the five-fold increase in raids had led to a storm of protests.

Although the foreign forces claim that the raids are a valuable weapon against the insurgents, the Afghan government is unhappy with them over the civilian casualties.

Despite the political pressure from Kabul, the number of people questioned in their homes in night raids has reportedly risen rapidly in the last two years, up five-fold between 2009 and 10 and increasing still further this year.

The Open Society Foundation researchers have assessed that there might have been 40 raids a night happening across Afghanistan in the recent months.

"They claim to be against terrorists, but what they are doing is terrorism. It creates violence," they quoted an Afghan, as saying.

The report found that international forces have improved their practices so that the Afghan government has more control and women are respected more. However, these developments are getting overshadowed by the growing number of raids. (ANI)