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No Optimism on Afghanistan from DNI: Taliban ‘Likely to Make Gains in 2017’

WASHINGTON, DC —Afghanistan will “continue to deteriorate” this year despite U.S-led international support, primarily because of capability lapses among the American-trained Afghan forces and the expected “gains” by a resurgent Taliban that grew stronger under former President Barack Obama, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Daniel Coats warns lawmakers in the most recent Worldwide Threat Assessment.

Face-covered militants who they say are Talibans pose with an RPG in Zabul province, southern of Kabul, Afghanistan Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006. A Taliban commander said in a sit-down interview that insurgent fighters will battle "Christian" troops until they leave Afghanistan and a fundamentalist government is established in Kabul, warning …