March 6, 2013
The U.S.-led military command in Afghanistan says it will no longer publish figures on Taliban attacks.
The announcement about the decision comes a week after the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan admitted that its report of a 7 percent decline in Taliban attacks during 2012 was wrong and that there actually had not been any decline in Taliban attacks.
General Gunter Katz, a spokesman for the NATO-led ISAF, told RFE/RL that the mistake was made because ISAF is now in the transition process of handing over the leadership of all security responsibilities and combat operations to Afghan government forces.
“Many of those operations that the Afghans are conducting are actually unilateral operations,” Katz said. “Therefore, it is more and more difficult for ISAF to get the right database and our current database becomes more and more inaccurate.”
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