US Military Blames 'Human Error' for Refusal to Share Key Data on Afghanistan

The Pentagon says it did not intend to restrict the release of crucial information about U.S. and coalition efforts in Afghanistan, blaming a "human error in labeling" for the withholding data. The response came after the top U.S. watchdog on U.S. efforts in Afghanistan issued its quarterly report to Congress on Tuesday, harshly criticizing military officials for censoring information on the number of districts under control of the government or insurgent groups like the Taliban. "This development is troubling for a number of reasons, not least of which is that this is the first time [the inspector general's office] has been specifically instructed not to release information marked 'unclassified' to the American taxpayer," said John Sopko of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, also known as SIGAR. But officials with Operation Resolute Support, the NATO-led training, advisory and support mission, said Tuesday that the failure to share the data...


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