News - Afghanistan
US Special Operations commander, Adm. William McRaven defended the unpopular night raids in Afghanistan that have provoked the fury of the Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Mr McRaven who directed the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, also backed a training programme his troops run for local police forces - an initiative that some fear could spawn militias and new violence.
He said in an interview with journalists late on Saturday that the US understands Afghan concerns about night raids and has allowed its partner Afghan forces to take the lead in operations.
"At 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 said.
His comments come as Afghan President Hamid Karzai has called for an end to the raids as well as the search of Afghan houses by foreign troops.