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The Department of Defense provided Congress on Wednesday the April 2014 "Report on Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan". It says although the Afghani security forces continue to make progress, four key high-end capability gaps will remain after the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission ends on Dec. 31, 2014: air support, intelligence enterprise, special operations, and Afghan security ministry capacity. International funding and coalition force assistance will be critical to sustaining the force going forward.
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction says there's no proof the fuel is actually being used by Afghan forces. It could be lost, stolen or diverted to insurgents.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the death penalty is a consideration as the military moves to investigate and possibly put on trial a U.S. soldier suspected of gunning down 16 Afghans.
A counter-insurgency force somewhere between 10 thousand and 80 thousand is what President Obama reportedly has chosen to go to Afghanistan. Truman Project CEO Rachel Kleinfeld says, "These are always difficult. Insurgencies are hard to win, but we've had a lot of success in the Phillipines and we've had a lot of success training other armies as well." However Georgetown University Security Scholar Paul Pillar disagrees saying, "the bigger our footprint, the more military operations with collateral damage."