31 Jan '18, 8pm

DoD releases Afghan district data, continues to withhold other key information

Under intense media pressure, the US Department of Defense relented and released data on controlled and contested districts in Afghanistan that it previously instructed the Special Investigator General for Afghanistan (SIGAR) to withhold from the US public . However, some information – such as population control and other important metrics on the Afghan security forces that was previously available in quarterly reports – remains redacted as SIGAR has not been given authorization to release it. Not surprisingly, the district control data released today shows that the Taliban continues to slowly wrestle control of districts from the Afghan government. The Department of Defense released the information after SIGAR revealed its quarterly report yesterday and objected to the withholding of unclassified information from the American public. “As of October 2017, approximately 56%...

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