The war strategy employed by the U.S. and its coalition allies in Afghanistan has weakened al-Qaeda terrorists and the resurgent Taliban who gave them cover, according to a new report by the Obama administration.
"The surge in coalition military and civilian resources, along with an expanded special operations forces targeting campaign and expanded local security measures at the village level, has reduced Taliban influence," the five-page summary read.
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"Most important, al Qaeda's senior leadership in Pakistan is weaker and under more sustained pressure than at any other point since it fled Afghanistan in 2001," the report found.
The review by Obama's national security staff warned that the U.S. is still the main target for al Qaeda, and that "Pakistan and Afghanistan continue to be the operational base for the group that attacked us on 9/11."
While the report indicated that the gains "remain fragile and reversible," the Obama administration plans to stay the course and keep U.S. troops in the region through 2014.
The progress review also confirmed that American troops will begin pulling out of Afghanistan in July 2011 as planned.