Report says security improved in Afghanistan

By DONNA CASSATA | October 28, 2011 | 12:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A progress report on the war in Afghanistan says while security has improved, the insurgency's safe havens in Pakistan and the Afghan government's limited capacity are the biggest obstacles to a "durable, stable Afghanistan."

The Pentagon sent the semi-annual report to Congress on Friday. The Associated Press obtained a copy from congressional sources.

The Obama administration said in the report that the United States and coalition forces have made security gains and reversed violent trends in much of the country except along the border with Pakistan. It also said it has begun the transition to Afghan security, taking the lead in seven areas.

The United States has some 100,000 troops in Afghanistan and plans to bring most forces home by 2015. The war began after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.