U.S. No Longer Releasing Data On Afghan Casualties Amid Uptick In Violence

U.S. military for second time in eight years withholding information about casualty and attrition rates in Afghan army and police force at request of Kabul government and decision to withold casualty figures comes as report by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction found casualties have been increasing as Taliban gained ground in last six months,U.S. military previously provided figures on Afghan military's manpower and state of equipment to SIGAR in quarterly reports,But SIGAR said that for latest report,Pentagon told its inspectors that data belonged to Afghan government and it must therefore withhold, restrict, or classify data as long as Afghan government classified it,SIGAR head John Sopko criticized decision, saying it will hinder SIGAR's ability to publicly report on progress or failure in key reconstruction sector where more than 60 percent of roughly $121 billion in U.S. spending in Afghanistan since 2002 gone  training and equipping of Afghan security forces.…………….Please Log in or Subscribe to view full details…..


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