Second, on April 8, 2012, the United States agreed to cede control of special operations to Afghan forces. [14] Part of the agreement is to give Afghan military units greater control over controversial night operations, unpopular with indigenous peoples, and to place raids among Afghan judicial authorities, while U.S. troops play a supporting role. [9] [10] [11] [14] [15] [16] The document was signed on 8 April 2012 by Afghan General Abdul Rahim Wardak and US General John Allen. “Today, we took another step towards a strategic partnership between the United States and Afghanistan. Above all, today we have taken a step closer to our common goal and vision of a safe and sovereign Afghanistan,” Allen said at the signing of the agreement. [9] 5 See id. Art. 24.

Art. 24 sofa provides that the terms of the BSA as well as the terms of all other relevant bilateral agreements between Afghanistan and each RSM 2015] INTRODUCTORY NOTE on AFGHANISTAN 273 COUNTRY PARTICIPANT IN SOFA 273. The long-delayed agreements were signed the day after President Ashraf Ghani took office, which marked the first major act of his government and began better relations with Afghanistan`s international supporters. The designation by the United States has given way to a country of special privileges, such as access to American military training and excess military supplies, said Hillary Clinton. In a separate statement, the State Department said Afghanistan would also be able to obtain loans for equipment from the United States and financing for leasing. The agreement does not, however, imply “no security obligation” from the United States vis-à-vis Afghanistan, the State Department said [54] to designate Afghanistan as an ally, but it has the potential to raise unpleasant issues for the United States. There is Afghanistan`s cold and cold relations with Pakistan, which is also an ally, and the possibility that the two neighbors will be overthrown, especially if Afghan officials believe, in the years following 2014, that their Pakistani counterparts continue to help the Taliban. [54] Neither Kerry nor Karzai provided information on what had been agreed exactly, and it was not clear how they had reached a compromise on an Afghan request for the United States to guarantee the security of Afghanistan, as it would be if the country were a NATO ally.

That could force the United States to send troops for raids in Pakistan, the U.S. nuclear power. Afghan government officials said the requirement was essential to the country`s sovereignty and needed to be met. The Obama administration had said it would not consider such a guarantee. [67] According to the BBC`s David Loyn, David Loyn said that President Karzai had not obtained security guarantees for US troops to protect Afghanistan from external attacks.