“Pakistan’s domestic extremist threat and the 2010 floods recue the potential for a more aggressive or effective Pakistani effort in the near term,” says the report covering the period from April to the end of September.
The report, titled “Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan,” is the sixth in a series that the Pentagon is required to submit twice a year to Congress. The report charges that Iran continues to provide weapons and training to the Taliban, and says their safe havens along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border remain an obstacle even as Pakistani military cooperation with NATO improves.
Its data will be used in a more comprehensive White House review next month assessing United States strategy in Afghanistan and any need for revision.
The United States and its partners are making modest gains in some key areas of Afghanistan, but the insurgency is still strong and expanding across the country, a report has concluded.
The US has expressed concerns over the Pakistani military’s efforts to combat Al Queda and Taliban activities on its border along with Afghanistan. On the negative side, the report cited Pakistan’s reluctance to go after insurgents operating from havens on its border with Afghanistan.
In one particularly blunt sentence, the report said that while it recognized the “tremendous effort” Pakistan was making against some insurgents inside its country, “insurgent safe havens along the border will remain the primary problem to achieving a secure and stable Afghanistan.”
“Efforts to reduce insurgency capacity, such as safe havens and logistical support originating in Pakistan and Iran have not produced measurable results,” notes the 96-page “Report on Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan.”
The report says that Taliban is not popular but it exploits frustration with a weak Afghanistan government. The report also indicate that there were signs of progress in security, governance and development in “operational priority areas.”
While the Pentagon report describes “uneven” progress with “modest gains” in security and creating stable local government, it suggests the current strategy is showing “some signs of progress.”