U.S.-Afghan Pact Won’t End War – Or SOF Night Raids by Gareth Porter + NATO needs Afghanistan as launch pad for regime changes

by Gareth Porter
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
crossposted at ISP
May 2, 2012

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2012 (IPS) – The optics surrounding the Barack Obama administration’s “Enduring Strategic Partnership” agreement with Afghanistan and the Memorandums of Understanding accompanying it emphasise transition to Afghan responsibility and an end to U.S. war.

But the only substantive agreement reached between the U.S. and Afghanistan – well hidden in the agreements – has been to allow powerful U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) to continue to carry out the unilateral night raids on private homes that are universally hated in the Pashtun zones of Afghanistan.

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