In particular, the document states that the US authorities decided not to publish data on the number of Afghan soldiers and police officers, the number of wounded and dead, the state of the equipment.
US Special Inspector-General for the Reconstruction of Afghanistan (SIGAR) John F. Sopko criticized this decision. SIGAR is the leading US government oversight body that monitors spending and aid programs for Afghanistan. Once a quarter, the commission publishes a multi-page report on the state of affairs in Afghanistan.
In Afghanistan, they know what is happening, (radical movement) The Taliban know what is happening, the US military knows what is happening. The only ones who do not know what is happening are the people who pay for it.- declared Sopko.
The representative of the US armed forces in Afghanistan, Tom Gresbak explained that the decision to classify this information was made at the request of the Government of Afghanistan. As the New York Times newspaper notes, this information was previously classified only once - in 2015, on the basis that the publication of this information could endanger the lives of the citizens of Afghanistan and the United States, reports RIA News.