U.S.: Afghanistan in 'Downward Spiral'

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U.S. intellegence groups say Afghanistan is seeing some of the worst violence since 2001.

In a leaked draft of the National Intelligence Estimate, 16 intelligence agencies agreed that the country is in a "downward spiral."

The secret report added that the Afghan government is weak and unable to stop the rise of the Taliban's influence.

"We're not making progress," a senior U.S. Commander said in response to the report. He spoke under the condition of anonymity.

"We're not making progress because of a lack of capability in the government and because the Taliban have a safe haven from which to plan, train, and launch attacks into Afghanistan," he added.

Rampant government corruption and growing Taliban violence is threatening to destabilize the country.

The Bush administration is reviewing its Afghanistan policy and plans to send 3,500 additional troops to the country by the end of this year.

"We are doing a review to look to see what more we can do," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday. "We are looking to see where some of the strengths are and how we can support those strengths and also how we can help the Afghans when there are weaknesses."

CBN News Senior Reporter George Thomas has more on the state of Afghanistan and its affect on the U.S. Click the play button for his comments.

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