BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — The Taliban failed to capture any ground from Afghan security forces fighting for the first time without foreign firepower this fighting season, US officials say, but the insurgents killed scores of soldiers, police, and civilians in their campaign to weaken the government.
American and NATO officials say the fledgling army and police aren’t ready to wage a sustained war against a determined insurgency.
Coming just 13 months before most foreign forces are to withdraw, the mixed results underline the unresolved question of whether some of those forces should stay. The assessment adds urgency to the need for the US and Afghanistan to sign a much-delayed security agreement that will allow a residual foreign force to stay on after 2014. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.