US report faults Pakistan over Afghan war
US: Despite an easing of tensions with the United States, Pakistan is
persistently undermining security in Afghanistan by permitting safe
havens for insurgents, a Pentagon report said Monday.
In a biannual war assessment mandated by Congress, the Defense
Department said that the 68,000 US troops in Afghanistan and their
allies had succeeded in preventing Taliban advances while limiting
civilian casualties. But Taliban havens across the border in Pakistan,
the limited capacity of the Afghan government and "endemic corruption"
pose the greatest risks as the United States prepares to pull out troops
by the end of 2014, the Pentagon said.
The report noted the better US relations with Pakistan, which agreed
in July to reopen Western forces' supply routes into Afghanistan.