The Afghan government can count on popular support only in a quarter of the main urban areas and other districts that are considered key to winning the war with the Taliban and other insurgents, the Pentagon said in a report delivered to Congress on Wednesday.
In the status report on the war in Afghanstan, the Defense Department said that years of rising instability had “leveled off” since January and that there has been an increase in the number of Afghans who see their government heading in the right direction.
The report stops short of declaring that the tide has turned in a nine-year war that has seen the Taliban make a comeback since it was toppled from power after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
In fact, polling of Afghan civilians by the US and NATO military command indicates that President Barack Obama’s new strategy for the war has not done much to change popular sentiment regarding a number of key measures.
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