12/28/2013 07:09 pm ET

Afghanistan Gains Will Be Lost Quickly After Drawdown, U.S. Intelligence Estimate Warns

A new American intelligence assessment on the Afghan war predicts that the gains the United States and its allies have made during the past three years are likely to have been significantly eroded by 2017, even if Washington leaves behind a few thousand troops and continues bankrolling the impoverished nation, according to officials familiar with the report.

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