U.S. report cites limited progress in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON, Dec 10, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
A Pentagon report said that the
United States has made limited gains in Afghanistan, as "the
Taliban-led insurgency remains adaptive and determined, and
retains the capability" to emplace substantial numbers of
improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and to conduct isolated high-
"The insurgency also retains a significant regenerative
capacity," said the Report on Progress Toward Security and
Stability in Afghanistan, which was delivered to Congress and made
It said the coalition troops surge accomplished its mission in
Afghanistan, as Taliban and al-Qaeda's capabilities have waned,
but militant safe havens in Pakistan, corruption and Afghan
government capabilities are the greatest obstacles to stability in
"The insurgency and al-Qaeda continue to face U.S.
counterterrorism pressure within the safe havens" in Pakistan, the
report says. "U.S. relations with Pakistan have begun to improve
following the re-opening of Pakistani ground lines of
communication, and there has been nascent improvement with respect
to cross-border cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan."
The report's findings point to progress with the Afghan
national security forces (ANSF), which will take over security
operations when U.S. and coalition forces leave at the end of
But overall, the report paints a picture of mixed progress
toward security and stability, with the area along the
Afghanistan- Pakistan border remaining a hot zone.
"Pakistani-based sanctuary for insurgents, such as the Haqqani
Taliban Network in North Waziristan, as well as the financial and
operational support that insurgents receive from various sources,
keeps the security situation along the border with Pakistan in
Regional Command East volatile," the report says.
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