Afghanistan Asks for More Say Over Military Deployments in its Territory
President Hamid Karzai’s Afghan government has sent a draft document to NATO outlining how it wants future security relations between it and Western forces to be. The Associated Press received a copy of the document and I’ve below quoted their published conclusions. I haven’t been able to find a copy of the technical agreement. Calls for a new agreement to be drafted gained momentum following the completion of Iraq’s Status of Forces Agreement with the US.
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.