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US and NATO troops have taken back territory from insurgents over the past year and bolstered security across the country, but the progress has often been "overshadowed" by violence in southern provinces, press secretary Geoff Morrell said.
"Now, we're far from perfect. We've got a long way to go in each of those places," Morrell told reporters.
"But this notion that there has not been progress made I think is an erroneous one."
His comments reflected a worry in the Pentagon and NATO about losing control of the "narrative" of the war amid mounting casualties, with media coverage and commentary possibly undermining public confidence that the campaign can be won.