U.S. commander defends night raids in Afghanistan

By Published: December 11, 2011

In an interview with The Associated Press late Saturday the leader of U.S. Special Operations Command, Adm. William McRaven, defended the unpopular night raids on homes in Afghanistan.

The Associated Press reports that the fallout over the raids has angered the country's president and held up a security agreement with the United States.

"At the end of the end of the day I think you would find that night raids are very valuable when you are trying to get someone who is trying to hide," McRaven told The Associated Press.

Read more about McRaven's interview about night raids in Afghanistan from The Associated Press.

Soldiers of the 3rd Platoon, Destroyer Company, 2 Battalion of the 87th Infantry Regiment, are silhouetted by an illumination flare during a raid in southern Kandahar.
Neil Shea/Stars and Stripes


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