A new progress report from the Pentagon paints a mixed picture in the ongoing war on terror being fought in Afghanistan.

FOX News Radio's Steve Taylor reports from Washington in our ongoing series on national security:

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In Afghanistan, there have been slightly more attacks by the Taliban this year, compared to last, but a larger Afghan security force has taken on more of the fighting.  Those are two conclusions of a Pentagon analysis of America's longest war.

Other points: The troop surge reduced the enemy's offensive ability, but the Taliban and al-Qaeda still can bring flashy attacks. There's cross-border counterterrorism cooperation from Pakistan, but not a lot. And 2012 saw more attacks on American and NATO troops from supposed allies in Afghanistan.

In Washington, Steve Taylor, FOX News Radio.