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Afghanistan

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Afghanistan. (267188)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his latest assessment is of the security situation in Afghanistan. (267198)

Progress has been made but the insurgency remains resilient. The majority of people can go about their daily lives but, in certain areas of the country, particularly in the south and east, significant security challenges remain.

The Taliban have failed using conventional tactics and are turning to increasingly indiscriminate attacks, which show complete disregard for the safety of the local population.