As part of ongoing military occupation of Afghanistan, both the U.S. military and the U.S.-backed Afghan police often use a tactic known as "night raids".  Targeting homes in the middle of the night, these operations involving heavily armed troops barging into homes, detaining, assaulting, terrorising and sometimes murdering people. A report from 2011 details how, after his father and older brother had been shot dead, “11th grader Abdullah was hooded, handcuffed and flown to prison, where he was detained for questioning and then released". Though leading to hundreds of deaths and sparking outrage across Afghanistan, the U.S. Special Operations Forces continue to carry out nights raids on homes suspected to be associated with Taliban, without any judicial process, and a high level of civilian casualties.


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