Afghanistan has rejected a U.S. intelligence forecast that predicts the military gains of the past three years will be significantly rolled back by 2017.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's spokesman was quoted by Reuters on December 30 as calling the report "baseless."
Aimal Faizi said previous U.S. intelligence reports for Afghanistan had proved "inaccurate," but did not provide details.
A new U.S. National Intelligence Estimate predicts Afghanistan would suffer military setbacks by 2017 even if some U.S. troops remained and that Afghanistan will fall into chaos if Washington and Kabul do not sign a pact to keep an international military contingent there beyond 2014.
U.S. officials say that unless a deal is signed to keep perhaps 8,000 U.S. troops, the Taliban might stage a major comeback and Al-Qaeda could regain safe havens.
Based on reporting by Reuters