U.S. special envoy Richard Holbrooke is in Pakistan, where he says the military's recent efforts against Taliban fighters have made "significant progress."
Holbrooke told reporters Sunday that the Pakistani army has made gains against Taliban militants and the country is now better-off than a few months ago.
Earlier this month, top Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud was reportedly killed in a U.S. missile strike in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region. Officials say there is evidence that insurgent factions are now fighting amongst themselves to replace him.
Following talks with Holbrooke, Pakistan's foreign minister said the apparent infighting has boosted the confidence of forces fighting the Taliban.
Holbrooke said the recent successes mean officials can now address other problems in the region -- most importantly the dismal economy and energy shortages.