Afghanistan Report making waves

There is a new report that has been released called “Report on Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan and United States Plan for Sustaining the Afghanistan National Security Forces” which is a report to Congress based on a requirement set by section 1231 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (Public Law 110-181).

I have a copy of the report and plan to read it over the next few days and then write up my feelings about it. However until then, many media outlets who can pay their people to read the report and write up their opinions have already starting putting up articles about it.

On the official mouthpiece website, defense.gov, you can see synopsis of the report in a “positive light”.

Stability in Afghanistan is no longer on the decline, and most Afghans believe that despite increased violence, security actually has improved since this time last year, according to a new report Pentagon officials sent to Congress today.

The congressionally mandated Report on Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan attributes the 87 percent increase in violence from February 2009 to March 2010 largely to increased U.S., coalition and Afghan national security force activity, particularly into areas where they previously had not operated.

http://www.defense.gov//news/newsarticle.aspx?id=58948

But if you head over to the Stars&Stripes website at www.stripes.com you can see a headline and their story that is not so “positive” in review of the report.

Despite the addition of more than 50,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan over the past year, there still aren’t enough forces to conduct operations in the majority of key areas, according to a congressionally mandated report released Wednesday on progress in Afghanistan.

Coalition forces have decided to focus their efforts on 121 key districts in Afghanistan, but right now, NATO has enough forces to operate in only 48 of those districts, the report said.
There are currently 86,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, up from about 30,000 when President Obama took office. By August, there will be 98,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

With the rest of the U.S. and foreign partner troops that will arrive in Afghanistan this year, coalition and Afghan security forces will be able to focus on all 121 districts “over coming months,” a senior Defense official said Wednesday, declining to be more specific.
The 150-page progress report said that Afghanistan’s deteriorating situation has leveled off, but violence still increased 87 percent between February 2009 and March 2010…

You can read the Stars and Stripes full article at http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=69668


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