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Pentagon accused of lying on Afghan troop number

IANS  |  Washington 

A watchdog has said that the has provided the wrong number of troops earlier this month, exaggerating its decline.

The (SIGAR) said on Tuesday that the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) had 313,728 military personnel as of January 31, instead of the 296,409 that the reported earlier in May, reported.

It said the failed to include the in the tally.

The SIGAR requested "the appropriate congressional committees and the to remind all components of their statutory duty to provide accurate and timely data concerning the ANDSF for quarterly reports".

The new number would put the year-on-year drop of the ANDSF at 17,980, instead of 35,999, a number SIGAR considered not as grave as previously suggested but also indicated a serious trend in the war-torn country that its government was losing control over the country while the was extending its influence.



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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 15:22 IST