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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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Progress Report on Afghanistan War to Be Released

Photo Courtesy - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment(WASHINGTON) -- The much-awaited report from the White House on the progress of the war in Afghanistan will be made public on Thursday.

President Obama ordered an annual evaluation of the war last December when he announced his plan to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan to battle a resurgent Taliban.

On Tuesday, the president will hold a final strategy session with his military and diplomatic teams on how the war is progressing before the assessment is released nationwide.

After the findings are published Thursday, Obama will follow up the report with his own comments.  Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are also expected to offer their opinions of the study.

While the administration wouldn’t tip its hand on what the review contains, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Monday that the president “feels confident we’re on the right track.”

Earlier in the day, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he anticipated no increase in the number of American forces deployed in Afghanistan next year.  The current level is about 100,000.

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