Pentagon Unimpressed By Afghan Troops' Battle Against Taliban

The Pentagon said in report released on Tuesday that Afghan security forces have demonstrated resilience in heavy fighting with the Taliban this year. However, they have suffered high casualties and must continue to improve to achieve more than a stalemate this fighting season. The twice-yearly document was the first issued since U.S. and coalition forces ended their combat mission in Afghanistan and handed over responsibility for internal security to Afghan police and military forces. Coalition troops now are mainly in a train, advise and assist role. The report said that Afghan forces conducted several large-scale independent operations around the country simultaneously during the reporting period, but their performance was "uneven."