A Pentagon report says Afghan National Security Forces have made progress in defending the Middle East nation but military self-sufficiency issues remain after the withdrawal of U.S. troops, CNN reported Nov. 9.
Joe Sterling writes the Pentagon submitted its “Report on Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan” to Congress on Nov. 8, which indicated that ANSF might not be ready to execute counterinsurgency operations by themselves when U.S. combat troops leave in 2014.
The Pentagon also noted that although the size of Afghan security forces almost doubled since 2009, casualties have increased by 79 percent during this year’s fighting season, Sterling writes.
In 2012, NATO forces led the fight against Taliban insurgency in order to put the Afghan government in control of urban areas, the Pentagon report states, according to the article.
U.S. military officials told CNN that a preliminary U.S.-Afghanistan agreement calls for keeping between 8,000 and 12,000 NATO and U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014.