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Thursday
Dec162010

Afghan War Review: Gains Remain 'Fragile and Reversible'

Photo Courtesy - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment(WASHINGTON) -- The White House released its annual report on the progress of the war in Afghanistan on Thursday.  The five page Af-Pak review cites that the core goal “remains to disrupt, dismantle, and eventually defeat al Qaeda in the region and to prevent its return to either country.”

According to the report, the following components are “working well”:

-- “al Qaeda’s senior leadership in Pakistan is weaker and under more sustained pressure than at any other point since it fled Afghanistan in 2001”;

-- In Pakistan, the foundation is being established “for a strategic partnership based on mutual respect and trust, through increased dialogue, improved cooperation, and enhanced exchange and assistance programs”;

-- In Afghanistan, “the momentum achieved by the Taliban in recent years has been arrested in much of the country and reversed in some key areas, although these gains remain fragile and reversible.”

‪‪These components, on the other hand, still need work:

-- Denying al Qaeda's “safe haven in the tribal areas of western Pakistan”;

-- In Afghanistan, it’s proving tough to establish “basic stability and security in the face of a resilient insurgency that finds shelter in a neighboring sanctuary;”

-- “More broadly, we must continue to place the Afghanistan and Pakistan challenges in larger and better integrated political and regional contexts.”

The conditions are being created, the report says, to start withdrawing U.S. troops in July 2011.

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