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US intelligence agencies issues pessimistic report on Afghan war

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Afgahn war pessimistic reportUS spy agencies following a pessimistic report on Tuesday said a resilient Taliban is “diminished in some areas” despite 12 years long war in Afghanistan.

This comes as the US military habitually issues positive assessments of its progress in pushing back the Taliban and building up Afghan forces however the latest annual report has given a downbeat to the Congress from the intelligence community.

According to the intelligence agencies battlefield progress is tentative and fragile in areas due to be handed to Afghan forces and the Afghan economy is headed for a downturn when Western aid declines after most NATO troops leave next year.

The report said, “We assess that the Taliban-led insurgency has diminished in some areas of Afghanistan but remains resilient and capable of challenging US and international goals.”

The report presented by James Clapper, National Intelligence Direct at a Senate hearing added that the Taliban’s leadership continues to shelter in cross-border sanctuaries in Pakistan, “which allows them to provide strategic guidance to the insurgency without fear for their safety.”

“Kabul has little hope of offsetting the coming drop in Western aid and military spending, which have fueled growth in the construction and services sectors,” it said.

Pentagon and its field commanders have touted major progress and painted the Taliban as severely damaged and divided but the intelligence assessment contrasts with upbeat the statements.

According to the report Afghan air force, which is trying to build up a fleet of helicopters and small aircraft, has made little headway despite  Afghan security forces had proven capable of safeguarding major cities and key roads near “government-controlled areas.”

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