The strength of Afghanistan's security forces has declined less sharply than previously reported, a US watchdog says, citing incorrect figures given by the American military last month.
The quarterly report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), released in April, had incorrectly stated that Afghan security forces had been depleted by about 10 per cent over the course of a year.
Based on that figure, there were estimated to be 296,409 active military, police and intelligence personnel as of January 31.
"The new numbers still show that overall ANDSF strength declined sharply from January 2017 to January 2018 (by 17,980 personnel), though not as sharply" as reported, the watchdog said.
The confusion was "the latest in a series of problems SIGAR" has faced regarding information about Afghan forces, it said.
This helped to push the insurgents to the outskirts of Farah today, though a clearing operation was still going on.
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