International forces in Afghanistan are looking toward a 2014 drawdown date as national forces start taking on more responsibility for security operations.
British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said the presence of his forces and those of the international community have prevented terrorist groups from using Afghan territory to plan major attacks.
"We didn't come here to defeat the insurgency," he writes in The Guardian newspaper. "We came here to ensure that international terrorists that had been using Afghan territory were denied access to that territory."
Coalition military leaders and Afghan officials have agreed to enact tough new screening policies to deter attacks on international force by Afghan troops. Analysts have suggested the so-called green-on-blue attacks were the result of hasty training initiatives.
Hammond defended the policy, however, but acknowledged there may be work yet to be done.
"It will not look perfect," he writes. "There will be some compromises made between the Afghans and insurgents, but if it maintains the integrity of Afghanistan and denies the use of it to international terrorists, then we have achieved our primary purpose."