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US Gives Afghans Control Over Nighttime Raids, Meeting Top Demand

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The United States and Afghanistan signed a deal Sunday giving the Afghans control over night military operations, resolving a major source of friction between President Hamid Karzai and Washington. Under the deal, a newly formed national force -- the Afghan Special Operations Unit -- will have the authority to search houses and private compounds and arrest suspected insurgents. U.S. forces will provide support "only as required or requested."

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