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U.S. Special Operations Soldiers conduct a night training mission during which they raid a simulated drug lab March 7, 2011, at Hurlburt Field, Fla., as part of Emerald Warrior 2011. Emerald Warrior is an annual two-week joint/combined tactical exercise sponsored by U.S. Special Operations Command designed to leverage lessons learned from operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom to provide trained and ready forces to combatant commanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tony R. Ritter/Released)

In spite of the criticism against U.S. and NATO forces’ use of night raids in Afghanistan, the man tapped to be the next head of Special Operations Command defended the practice during testimony before Congress, the National Journal reports.

Vice Adm. William McRaven, the man who commanded the operation that kill Osama bin Laden in May, told lawmakers that the missions, typically carried out by special forces, often are misconstrued as violent, the journal reports. President Obama has nominated McRaven for the top special operations spot.

The use of night raids has been controversial and has drawn the ire of Afghan president Hamid Karzai, who repeatedly has called for U.S. and NATO forces to stop conducting such missions.

Source: Stripes

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