In the middle of the night, a loud knock on the door is followed by foreign forces barging into your home and searching for insurgents.
Until now, this was common practice in Afghanistan, with U.S. troops often performing the "night raid," Time reported.
The Afghan minister of defense Abdul Rahim Wardak and the American commander General John R. Allen signed an agreement Sunday that will gradually stop U.S. forces from performing night raids and give more power to Afghan forces to perform them, The New York Times reported.
"This is an important step in strengthening the sovereignty of Afghanistan," Wardak said in a press conference.
The U.S. is also optimistic that this agreement will lead to Afghan sovereignty.
Allen said Afghans are now "in the lead on two of the most important issues: capturing the terrorists and ensuring they remain behind bars."