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U.S. Sees Promising Security Gains In Afghanistan

Attacks against foreign troops have declined
The Pentagon has said in a report that Taliban attacks have declined in most of Afghanistan.

The report to Congress says that a surge of U.S. and allied troops has paved the way for security gains in the south and elsewhere, while the Taliban have failed to gain back former southern strongholds in Helmand and Kandahar provinces.

The report, which covers progress from April 1 to September 30, says that the total number of "enemy-initiated attacks" fell to a total of 2,500 in September, compared to about 4,000 in the same month last year.

However the report says that insurgent camps in neighboring Pakistan, as well as the Afghan government's shortcomings, posed a risk to overall progress.

compiled from agency reports