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Contrary to repeated reports, Taliban attacks not on decline



Published: Wed, February 27, 2013 @ 12:41 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP)

The American-led military coalition in Afghanistan backed off Tuesday from its claim that Taliban attacks dropped off in 2012, tacitly acknowledging a hole in its widely repeated argument that violence is easing and that the insurgency is in steep decline.

In response to Associated Press inquiries about its latest series of statistics on security in Afghanistan, the coalition command in Kabul said it had erred in reporting a 7 percent decline in attacks.

In fact there was no decline at all, officials said.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who is among the senior officials who had publicly repeated the assertion of an encouraging drop-off in Taliban attacks last year, was disturbed to learn of the error, said his spokesman, George Little.

"This particular set of metrics doesn't tell the full story of progress against the Taliban, of course, but it's unhelpful to have inaccurate information in our systems," Little said.

A coalition spokesman, Jamie Graybeal, attributed the miscounting to clerical errors and said the problem does not change officials' basic assessment of the war, which they say is on a positive track as American and allied forces withdraw.


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1Silence_Dogood(1353 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

I wonder what was going on last year that caused the Government to lie to the American people,hmmmmm. Oh ya, thats right, we had an incumbent President running for office and everyone writing those reports works for the President, what a strange coincidence.

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2Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Wow, someone finally researched this and what a amazing find. The Government lied! Isn't that shocking, and of course have to throw this misguided information on the ever famous "clerical errors". Wonder what there going to lie about tomorrow....
We are in so much trouble....

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3redeye1(4559 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

L2S When you have the BIGGEST LIAR as president everything you hear from the Gov't is probably 99.9% a lie.Thats how he governs.

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