30 Jan '18, 3pm

US military halts release of data on Taliban-controlled districts

The US Department of Defense has curbed the release of unclassified information on Taliban controlled and contested districts and other key metrics about Afghan security force performance to the Special Investigator General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The suppression of information comes as the Taliban controls or contests more ground now than at any point since the US defeated the terrorist group in 2002. SIGAR made the disturbing announcement in its Jan. 30, 2018 Quarterly Report to Congress . “This quarter, the Department of Defense (DoD) instructed SIGAR not to release to the public data on the number of districts, and the population living in them, controlled or influenced by the Afghan government or by the insurgents, or contested by both,” SIGAR noted. Additionally, “although the most recent numbers are unclassified, they are not releasable to the public.” SI...

Full article: https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2018/01/us-milita...

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