December 16th, 2010
07:58 AM ET

War review: Still on course for July 2011 withdrawal

The U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan has shown some progress but the "challenge remains to make our gains durable and sustainable," the White House said in a new report Thursday.

The United States was also still on course to bring some troops home from Afghanistan as soon as July 2011 and continue to move toward the goal of having Afghans take the lead in security in the country in 2014, the report said.

The report, which is called the "Overview of the Afghanistan and Pakistan Annual Review," is part of President Barack Obama's assessment of the war in the region.

Shortly after beginning his presidency, Obama instituted the annual review process of the war in Afghanistan.

The report did mention gains the United States says it has made in its battle against al Qaeda.

Al Qaeda's "senior leadership has been depleted, the group's safe haven is smaller and less secure, and its ability to prepare and conduct terrorist operations has been degraded in important ways," the report said.

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