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now to news from overseas tonight. tonight we have an nbc news exclusive, a report that was prepared for
commanders about the situation in afghanistan. how ready the
is. this report was not to be distributed, but it has been now and as you'll see, it shows what a tough road americans in uniform now have in front of them. our chief foreign correspondent
obtained the report and he's with us in our new york studios with more. richard, good evening.
this is a copy of that report. it was prepared for a briefing for centcom commander general
and copied to his
in afghanistan. and the military says that it is still a preliminary report, that it is not final, but that does not change what this says about the
afghan national army
or the ana. the 25-page study obtained by nbc news says senior afghan commanders are, quote, not at war. many ana leader work short days, are often absent and place personal gain above national survival. the report says afghan troops simply aren't leading the fight, but remain dependent on
, and show few signs of wanting to take off the
. but what is striking about the report is that it goes to the heart of
's argument about the war, when announcing the surge, the president said afghan forces must be trained and equipped quickly, so american troops can return home. but the report's section on the
's personnel says corruption, nepotism, and untrained, unmotivated personnel makes success all but impossible. and there may not be nearly as many afghan battalions as the country claims. the report said previous estimates are not believable. estimate for soldiers actually in battalions far below reported it said example, between 40% and 50% in some areas. and afghan soldiers still in the ranks have literacy problems, and that mentally, physically unfit and
hurt units. perhaps the most controversial finding, however, has to do with timing.
has said he wants the
to start drawing down in july
. but the assessment said it will take time to expand and rehabilitate afghan forces. the report said it cannot take a year to fix this problem. the report is dated from mid-december and it just goes on and on. mostly complaining about leadership and corruption within the afghan
we went over there weeks ago just to watch them train the afghans. the problem is you don't get to see the --
that is now the priority and this says that the priority is -- has a problem.
richard, thanks for your reporting tonight.