25 Nov 2010

Rise in violence in Afghanistan reported

6:01 am on 25 November 2010

The Pentagon says violence in Afghanistan has reached an all-time high, with clashes up fourfold since 2007.

In a twice-annual report to the United States Congress, the Pentagon says progress has been uneven, with only modest gains against the insurgency by the Taliban.

The Pentagon also reports gains in security, governance, and development in key areas.

But it warns the Taliban is exploiting perceptions that NATO countries would soon withdraw combat forces.