Despite the contention of senior military leaders and diplomats alike, there is little evidence to show that efforts to stabilize Afghanistan are succeeding, according to Nov. 19 report by the Department of Defense Inspector General.
The report, which addressed the period between July 1 and Sept. 30, showed that “available measures of security in Afghanistan, including total security incidents, population control, and civilian casualties, showed little change.”
Roughly 65 percent of the country’s population lived in areas controlled by the government during the three-month period — a figure unchanged during the past year.
At the same time, Afghan security and army forces continued to endure comparable high casualty rates to the year before.
Also, while State Department and Taliban officials met in July, there are few signs that the warring factions are headed toward reconciliation.