Pentagon’s report paints grim picture of Afghanistan in 2017 –

Afghanistan is “at a critical point” in its battle against multiple insurgencies and terrorist groups, the Pentagon has said in a new report to Congress. It also reveals that US and Afghan authorities are seeking peace through talks with the Taliban.

Sixteen years after the US-led invasion aimed at overthrowing the Taliban and denying a safe haven to Al-Qaeda – the group blamed for 9/11 terrorist attacks – Afghanistan is facing a “continuing threat” from as many as 20 insurgent and terrorist networks, in what the US Department of Defense called “the highest concentration of extremist and terrorist groups in the world.”

That is one of the assessments in the just-released “Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan,” covering US efforts between … Read More on