ISAF ends its daily ‘operational update’ reports

As of June 27, the International Security Assistance Force has terminated its daily “operational update” reports. From ISAF’s Facebook page:

Afghan Progress: starting today, we will no longer be publishing daily operational updates from the ISAF Joint Command. In their place, we will now share with you operational updates provided directly from the Ministry of Defense, who now take the lead in sharing news from around Afghanistan. Read on for the first MoD Operational Update!

The shutoff off of the flow of daily operational updates will further restrict the information on US and Coalition operations in Afghanistan. For years, these updates have provided a wealth of information on raids against the networks of various terror groups such as al Qaeda, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hizb-i-Islami Khalis, the Haqqani Network, the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, and others. Additionally, the operational updates have contributed to an understanding of how groups like the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan have integrated with the Taliban in northern Afghanistan. Occasionally, we’d even learn the location of training camps.

The operational updates have stopped even as tens of thousands of US combat troops are still operating in Afghanistan and will continue to do so at least until the end of 2014, when the US’s official combat role in Afghanistan is slated to end. The reality is that the raids against the al Qaeda and allied terror groups are led by US and Coalition special operations teams, not Afghan commandos.

The Obama administration has for more than two years claimed that al Qaeda has been degraded to the point of irrelevance in Afghanistan. But the daily operational updates have told a different story: that Qaeda and its allies remain entrenched in Afghanistan and continue to cooperate closely with the Taliban. Unfortunately, the loss of these operational updates will serve only to obscure al Qaeda’s role in Afghanistan.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of The Long War Journal.

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3 Comments

  • mike merlo says:

    A crystal clear indication of the Afghans ratcheting up the level of ruthlessness when dealing with insurgency

  • ArneFufkin says:

    It has been long apparent that this Administration never authentically had the stomach for Obama’s self-described “war of necessity/that we have to win” once the conflict no longer had venal political benefit.

    Anyone who has followed the briefings of downrange combatant commanders on defenselink.mil or pentagonchannel.mil throughout Bush Admin OIF and in the first stages of Obama’s OEF has observed an increasingly strategic blackout of “situation on the ground”updates from deployed Brigade/Division commands in favor of coverage of civilian suits pursuing their various social engineering missions throughout the Pentagon and US Armed Forces.

    It’s easier to stand in front of a Teleprompter and announce a “War on Climate Change” than it is to conduct a real war against the existential threat of Islamofascism.

  • anan says:

    “The reality is that the raids against the al Qaeda and allied terror groups are led by US and Coalition special operations teams, not Afghan commandos.
    Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2013/07/isaf_ends_operational_update_r.php#comments#ixzz2XzdRTw21

    Incorrect. There are over 14 thousand ANSF special forces. They are very active. There have been repeated public source briefings on the ANSF special forces.

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