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Pentagon signals ‘acute’ problems in Afghanistan, even as US cuts forces

Posted by The Agonist on May 3rd, 2012

From our partners at The Agonist

Anna Mulrine | Washington | May 2

CSMThe presence of Al Qaeda and Taliban safe havens in Pakistan remains unresolved – and may be beyond the capacity of the US military to fix, a new report to Congress concludes.

Largely overshadowed by President Obama’s trip to Afghanistan, the Pentagon Tuesday released a congressionally mandated report on the progress of the war that acknowledged a “resilient” Taliban and pointed to “long-term and acute challenges” for a US military whose presence on the ground will decline considerably in many of the most violent areas of the country in the months to come.

** The Report:Report on Progress Towards Security and Strategy in Afghanistan/United States plan for Sustaining the Afghanistan national Security Forces(PDF) April 2012 ~ link fixed

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