- The Washington Times - Friday, April 30, 2010

KABUL | NATO and Afghan forces raided a lawmaker’s home and fatally shot the woman’s brother-in-law during a nighttime operation in eastern Afghanistan, sending hundreds of people into the streets shouting “Death to America” in protest, the lawmaker said Thursday.

The military operation tapped into a well of resentment about raids by American and local troops that have been known to wound or kill civilians as well as insurgents. After a storm of complaints from Afghans, NATO’s top commander in Afghanistan issued a directive this year to avoid night raids when possible.

Safiya Sidiqi, the member of parliament whose brother-in-law was killed, said family members told her that about 100 NATO soldiers stormed her home, near the city of Jalalabad, about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. She was not home at the time.

Hundreds gathered on streets near Jalalabad on Thursday, burning tires and shouting anti-U.S. slogans. A crowd gathered around the body, covered in a white sheet, and cried, “Long live Islam.”

NATO said Thursday that a joint operation with Afghan forces killed “one armed individual while pursuing a Taliban facilitator” on Wednesday night. The person killed ignored demands given in English and through an Afghan interpreter to lower his weapon, NATO said, without giving details of the person’s identity.

Mrs. Sidiqi said the soldiers broke the windows of her home, entered and pulled out 15 members of her family who were then photographed and fingerprinted. Calling the raid “barbaric,” she said they eventually opened fire on her brother-in-law.

Mrs. Sidiqi did not respond specifically to questions about whether her brother-in-law was armed. “Whatever happened, it was the mistake of NATO,” she told the Associated Press.

Police are investigating the raid.

Also Thursday, a joint NATO-Afghan operation captured members of the Haqqani network, an autonomous Afghan Taliban faction with close ties to al Qaeda, and two other militants in Khost province.

NATO said the two Haqqani members were responsible for arming fighters and placing roadside bombs.

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