U.S., Afghanistan sign breakthrough deal giving Afghan gov’t. more night raid oversight (video).

U.S. Army Sgt. Drew Russell, left, a cavalry scout with…

U.S. Army Sgt. Drew Russell, left, a cavalry scout with Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Redhorse, and U.S. Air Force Maj. Sean Naylor, an air liaison officer with the 116th Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS), provide security while on guard duty at night, in Parwan province, Afghanistan, May 9, 2011. Naylor’s 116th ASOS is attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kristina Gupton/Released)

Afghanistan and the U.S. on Sunday signed a breakthrough deal giving the Afghan government greater oversight of controversial night raids, setting the stage for sealing a long-term partnership agreement next month.

After months of difficult talks, the two nations agreed to give Afghan judges more power to regulate the raids, curtail U.S. military searches of Afghan homes and restrict the ability of American forces to directly interrogate detainees.

The deal breaks a logjam for the two nations in talks meant to define what role the U.S. will play in Afghanistan after most foreign troops withdraw by 2014. It also marks the most significant attempt so far to hand critical military operations over to Afghans as they try to take the lead role in fighting the Taliban-led insurgency.

Source: Dion Nissenbaum for The Wall Street Journal.

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