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Afghan War Progress At Risk From Corruption, Training Lags

Security progress in Afghanistan risks being undermined by the Afghan government’s failure to develop rapidly enough and tackle corruption and by shortfalls in the number of coalition trainers, the Pentagon said.

Last year’s addition of 30,000 troops from the U.S. and 10,000 more from other coalition nations cut the Taliban’s strength and further eroded support for the insurgents among the Afghan public, according to a Defense Department report released today. Those efforts were backed by a bigger, more capable Afghan national security force that now numbers almost 285,000.