Data on US Efforts in Afghanistan Being Kept From Public

An oft-cited assessment used to measure U.S. progress in Afghanistan, recently tossed aside by commanders, is still being collected, but is no longer available to the public. the U.S.-commanded Resolute Support mission said it stopped collecting the so-called district-level stability assessments, which measure the number of the country's districts under government or insurgent control or influence, because the information was "of limited decision-making value."But U.S. intelligence officials appear to feel differently, putting a high enough premium on the data that it is now classified.“The U.S. intelligence community continues to produce their own district control assessments, one of which is provided in the classified appendix to this report,” the Defense Department’s Inspector General wrote last month.Military officials say the assessments by U.S. intelligence agencies are nearly identical to the ones previously provided by Resolute Support, but contain a higher level of detail that has never been made public..................

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