As Taliban Control of Afghanistan Nears 50% Pentagon Says Will Stop Tracking It

Can't keep back the Taliban tide so they'll stop looking instead

Now that Taliban control is greater than at any time since the 2001 invasion start the US will stop tracking it

Having long insisted that data on control of Afghan territory was “the metric that’s most telling in a counterinsurgency,” the Pentagon has informed the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) that they will no longer be keeping track of that at all, and won’t be providing that data to SIGAR.

SIGAR John Sipko was critical of the move, saying that the Pentagon was providing even less information for the American taxpayers to “gauge whether their investment in Afghanistan is a success.”

Pentagon officials, however, say that they now view the data to be “of limited value” for decision making. The move is likely more about the Trump Administration’s general policy of opaqueness, however.

Officials are hesitant to provide the public with any specific information about US wars worldwide now, and with recent figures on territory controlled in Afghanistan creepy dangerously close to 50%, it is likely the Pentagon has decided to avoid media coverage of the point where the Taliban controls more than half of the country by just not telling anybody when it happens.


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John C Carleton
John C Carleton
3 months ago

USA should not be in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan did not attack America.
USA being in Afghanistan is a war crime.

USA needs to get out of Afghanistan.
Then, it would be no concern of the USA, about the Taliban.

3 months ago

America’s invasion of Afghanistan – just an immense waste of time, life, and resources which achieved nothing.

And that is the record for so much of the American power establishment’s destructive activities.

Vietnam. Iraq. Libya. Syria. Yemen. Somalia.

But they never learn. Never.

And the people have no effective say in the jerry-rigged American political structure with two parties always agreeing on matters of war and empire.