Published: Mar 14, 2011 7:09 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 14, 2011 4:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON - Gen. David Petraeus will deliver his assessment of progress in the nearly 10-year-old war in Afghanistan to President Barack Obama on Monday in his first return to the White House since taking over as the top battlefield commander nine months ago.

Petraeus also will be on Capitol Hill this week to give the first hint of how the U.S. will begin withdrawing troops this summer.

Petraeus is expected to talk about the advances made by Obama's 30,000 troop surge, but caution that the transition of control to Afghan security forces will be slow and difficult as the Kabul government struggles to find its footing.      

Petraeus will also likely warn that a brutal spring fighting season is approaching as insurgents try to regain their place and test the fledgling Afghan troops.

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