A new report on Afghanistan released by the US Defense Department described progress in the war as "uneven," reported The Washington Post on Tuesday.
The report, which was requested by Congress for every six months, said there were "modest gains in security, governance and development in operational priority areas."
However, the progress seemed to be outweighed by what the report's authors referred to as "numerous challenges."
The report was released as the Pentagon and other governmental agencies have provided the White House with internal war assessments that are expected to form the basis of a strategic review to be conducted by mid-December.
A Pentagon official was quoted by The Washington Post as saying, "we are seeing the shift of momentum that we aimed for" against Taliban forces. "It's not complete, and there are still challenges." But "the concept is being proven in key areas."