US stops releasing info on Taliban attacks

The U.S. mission in Afghanistan has for the first time refused to publicly release its data on insurgent attacks amid the implementation of a peace agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban. (May 1)

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JONATHAN HOFFMAN: The was that the information was not going to be released as it's part of the diplomatic discussions with the Taliban, and with State Department, and other parties in an effort to bring a diplomatic solution. So the decision was that we're working toward a better solution and a better place for Afghanistan, and that the sharing of that information would not move that ball forward. So that decision was made. We're supportive of it.

At the same time, that information will be released to the future. I will state, and I think that we've been very transparent about this is that we are not pleased with the level of violence in Afghanistan. The level of violence by the Taliban is unacceptably high. They have continued attacks on the ANDSF.

We have continued to do retaliatory attacks, defensive attacks to help defend our partners in the area, and we will continue to do that. I will say that there have been no attacks on US forces or our coalition countries forces in the area or major city attacks per the agreement. But at the same time, the level of attacks is not conducive to a diplomatic solution.