Violence in Afghanistan has reached an all-time high, with clashes up fourfold since 2007, the Pentagon has said.
In a twice-annual report to the US Congress, the Pentagon said progress had been "uneven", with only modest gains against the Taliban insurgency.
The Pentagon also reported gains in security, governance, and development in key areas.
There is no military resolution possible to this conflict. Saner heads and DC and Brussels understand this. But there will be no end to this war, because the US and NATO military cannot bear to bring themselves to admit that, after almost one decade on, they are no closer to resolving this conflict than when the occupation began.
So the killing, maiming, and dying will continue apace.