Friday, April 30, 2010

Pentagon Report finds few Gains in Afghanistan over Six Month Period

"KABUL, Afghanistan — A Pentagon report on the last six months in Afghanistan portrays an Afghan government with limited credibility among its people, a still active if not growing insurgency and an enormous reliance on American troops to train, outfit and finance the country’s defense forces for the foreseeable future.

The report, released on Wednesday, is mandated by Congress every six months. It points to some improvements, including an increased optimism among Afghans about their government and the slowing of the insurgency in places where NATO troops have concentrated their efforts.

But an array of measures suggest that the situation is little better over all than it was six months ago despite enormous expenditures of effort, money and lives by the American and international forces."
Read the rest of the news article here:  "U.S. report on Afghan War Finds Few Gains in 6 Months", The New York Times, April 29, 2010.  Read a defense press release on the report here:  "Report Notes Afghanistan Developments, Challenges", Department of Defense, April 28, 2010.

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