“[The Taliban] didn't reach the tempo they had the year before. It was down about 9% overall in a year...their complex attacks are down about 36% compared to last year. Their offensive activities are down…between 13 and about 25% here as we went out of the summer into the fall.”

— Army Lieut. General Curtis Scaparrotti, a top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, speaking to reporters Wednesday at the Pentagon

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