Kabul seeks control over NATO deployments

KABUL (Afghanistan)—The Afghan government has sent NATO headquarters a draft agreement that would give Afghanistan more control over future NATO deployments in the country — including the deployment of some U.S. troops, officials said Tuesday.

The draft technical agreement would put into place rules of conduct for NATO-led troops in Afghanistan and the number of additional NATO troops and their location would have to be approved by the Afghan government.
The agreement — an attempt by Afghanistan to gain more control over international military operations — would also prohibit NATO troops from conducting any searches of Afghan homes, according to a copy of the draft obtained by The Associated Press.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Tuesday that his government sent the draft agreement to NATO about two weeks ago.

Addressing parliament at its opening session, a frustrated Karzai said the U.S. and other Western military allies have not heeded his calls to stop airstrikes in civilian areas in Afghanistan. He warned that the fight against militants cannot be won without popular support from Afghans.

The Afghan president urged the U.S. and NATO to follow a new military strategy in Afghanistan that would increase cooperation with Afghan forces and officials to prevent the killing and maiming of civilians.

“We will not accept civilian casualties on our soil during the fight against terrorism and we cannot tolerate it,” Karzai told parliament.

U.S. and NATO-led troops say militants deliberately use civilians as human shields in their fight against foreign and Afghan troops, and there have been multiple disputes over whether some of those killed in operations were civilians or militants.
NATO spokesman James Appathurai said the letter from the Afghan government has been shared with NATO nations but no discussions about it have yet taken place.
“The bottom line here is we are very much willing to engage in discussion to see how we can, in cooperation with them (Afghan authorities), improve how we do business,” Appathurai said. The draft technical agreement calls for:
The deployment of additional NATO troops and their location carried out only with Afghan government approval. Full coordination between Afghan and NATO defense authorities “at the highest possible level for all phases of military and ground operations.”

House searches and detention operations to be carried out only by Afghan security forces. If approved, the agreement would apply to all 48,000 NATO-led forces who operate under the International Security Assistance Force, including some 17,000 Americans. It’s not clear if the agreement would apply to the separate U.S. coalition and its 15,000 U.S. troops, said U.S. spokesman Col. Greg Julian.

The latest dispute over civilian casualties arose two weeks ago, when the U.S. military said its troops killed 32 militants in the eastern province of Nangarhar, while Karzai said 17 of those killed were civilians.
Civilian deaths undermine Karzai’s support ahead of his re-election bid this year. They also sap the support that foreign troops need to help the government extend its reach across the country.

U.S. Gen. David McKiernan, the commanding officer of all NATO and U.S. troops in Afghanistan, issued a directive to troops in September meant to reduce the number of casualties.
Commanders have said they are advising troops to break off a battle with militants rather than risk firing into a civilian area. Appathurai, the NATO spokesman, said that directive is meant to convoy NATO’s concerns over civilian casualties.
Defence Secretary John Hutton said Tuesday that relentless army deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq were putting “very substantial strain” on British forces, including soldiers’ marriages.
Hutton said he accepted the views of army chief General Sir Richard Dannatt, who said army marriages were feeling the strain of spouses only being home for a short time before redeployment, as the “undermanned” army fights on two fronts.

what happened to the outrage against Taliban killing Civilians indescriminately and in higher numbers
One could add, it is playing into Obama's hands, as if the reports are correct Karzai is on borrowed time!

Again He said She said!!
Can't see the problem really, it's their country and we should do what they require of us or leave. It's the same with Iraq, both countries have an elected Government and National Sovereignty, we would soon kick off if we had foreign troops in Leicestershire blowing things up and not doing what they were told.
Sven said:
Is there going to be an election soon?

America, UK or Afghanistan?


Yes in Afghanistan. Nice to see Karzai learning the art of Western politics so quickly - postering to his potential supporters in advanced of the election.
He would brick it big time , if we upped sticks and left, I recal what happened to the last President of Afghanistan Niabullah a Communist who "invited" the Russians to invade to stabalise the country against the Mujahideens, when it went pear shaped, he took refuge in Swedish Embassy if I recall, when the Taliban won control of Kabul, they dragged him out and hanged him.
semper said:
He would brick it big time , if we upped sticks and left, ...

Or maybe Karzai is trying to strengthen his position by letting it be known NATO(US) is not the only interested party in a game for Afghanistan?

"Europe needs energy supplies from central Asia, and central Asia needs European investment. Another sphere of mutual interest could be security in Afghanistan. At present, the EU offers financial support to the Afghan government and helps to train its police and judiciary, and the SCO has established a contact group with Afghanistan. Both sides want to do more, and they might be able to make a greater impact there by working together rather than separately. The EU has money and the Shanghai organisation, whose members almost all border Afghanistan, has trained personnel and direct experience of the region."


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That bit about not entering houses... Could that be anything to do with the several tonnes of partially refined opium that Brit troops found in the basement of a house? A house that was owned by either his (half)brother or his brothers "business associate"? Appologies for the vague. Just woke up, not feeling well, can't be bothered researching...
Wasn't Karzai a former employee of Haliburton ?
Now that Good old Dick has gone perhaps Karzai's time is coming to an end.
sounds like the major of kabul is getting too big for his boots!
if he keeps on saying things like that there will be a regime change for the changed regime.