Afghanistan: May 17, 2005


President Karzai has demanded that American troops stop raiding wherever and whenever they want. The U.S. rules of engagement allow them to keep Afghans out of the loop (lest pro-Taliban, or just sloppy, officials tip off the targets), and hit anywhere and any time. This upsets the pro-Taliban tribes, who have always been very "anti-foreigner." Karzai is trying to talk the heads of these tribes into calling off their armed opposition to the government. One of Karzai's bargaining chips is his influence with the Americans.


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