NEW YORK Contrary to the US assessments of military progress in Afghanistan since the surge of additional American troops began a year ago, the Afghan security situation has deteriorated this year, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. In a report from Kabul, the newspaper said it has accessed two confidential residual risk accessibility maps, one compiled by the UN at the annual fighting seasons start in March 2010 and another at its tail end in October. The maps, used by UN personnel to gauge the dangers of travel and running programmes, divide the countrys districts into four categories: very high risk, high risk, medium risk and low risk. In the October map, just as in Marchs, virtually all of southern Afghanistan - the focus of the coalitions military offensives - remained painted the red of very high risk, with no noted security improvements. At the same time, the green belt of low risk districts in northern, central and western Afghanistan shrivelled considerably. The UNs October map upgraded to high risk 16 previously more secure districts in Badghis, Sar-e-Pul, Balkh, Parwan, Baghlan, Samangan, Faryab, Laghman and Takhar provinces; only two previously high risk districts, one in Kunduz and one in Herat province, received a safer rating. A Pentagon report mandated by Congress drew similar conclusions when it was released last month. It said attacks were up 70 percent since 2009 and threefold since 2007. The daily said, as a result of the continued violence, the Taliban still threaten the Afghan government, according to the report. The director of communications for the UN in Afghanistan, Kieran Dwyer, said he couldnt comment on classified maps. But, he said, in the course of 2010, the security situation in many parts of the country has become unstable where it previously had not been so. There is violence happening in more parts of the country, and this is making the delivery of humanitarian services more difficult for the UN and other organisations. But we are continuing to deliver. The assessments of the UN accessibility maps, based on factors such as insurgent activity, political stability, coalition operations and community acceptance, contrast with US President Barack Obamas recent statements that hail the coalitions progress in the war. Today we can be proud that there are fewer areas under Taliban control and more Afghans have a chance to build a more hopeful future, Obama told American troops during a visit to the Bagram Air Field northeast of Kabul earlier this month.