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Pentagon watchdog raises doubts about the Afghan war progress

WASHINGTON – the Pentagon watchdog agency is raising fresh doubts about the progress in the 16-year-old AMERICAN war in Afghanistan.

The agency says the Afghan government by the end of 2017 had not expanded his area of control, even as the U.S. added about 3,500 troops and the strengthening of the air strikes against the Taliban.

In its report released Friday, the Pentagon’s office of the inspector general said it is too early to assess whether the war strategy announced by President Donald Trump in August will be the realization of the main aim of compelling the Taliban to reconcile with the government in Kabul. He said that it is difficult to measure the plan’s effectiveness, because potentially useful pieces of information, such as Afghan military victim rates — not available to the public.

The proposed more measures of progress are needed.

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