There is a long way to go in Afghanistan as al Qaeda operatives still plot and plan across the border in Pakistan, a top Pentagon official has said.
"Al Qaeda operatives still plot and plan across the border in Pakistan," Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, said at the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Change-of-Command in Kabul on Monday.
"The Taliban still try to regain lost ground, still intimidate and still assassinate -- as we saw just this past week with the brutal killing of President Karzai's brother, as well as last night here in Kabul. And local corruption still preys upon the lives and the livelihoods of the Afghan people," Mullen said.
The joint chiefs of staff said that there "is a long way to go."
Mullen said the enemies of Afghanistan, and those who seek nothing more than to strike out against the US-led coalition, have been dealt heavy blows over the last year.
"They have been pushed out of sanctuary. They have been denied influence over local populations. They have been hounded and they have been hunted -- their leaders killed or captured by the score, their resources diminished and their training disrupted," he said.