Taliban attacks understated in NATO report

US-led military forces in Afghanistan have admitted that an error led them to mistakenly claim a fall in the number of attacks by the Taliban last year.

A report posted on the website of the Nato-led Isaf force had claimed that there had been a 7% drop in Taliban attacks in 2012.

However, after being queried the figure was removed from the site.

The error is likely to embarrass Isaf which has been insisting the militants are in decline, correspondents say.

The Associated Press news agency reports that it inquired about the missing figures when they were taken down from Isaf's site without explanation.

Isaf spokeswoman Erin Stattel told the BBC that "during a quality control check, Isaf recently became aware that some data was incorrectly entered into the database that is used for tracking security-related incidents across Afghanistan.
Jennifer Griffin of Fox News reported this evening that the error was caused by failing to include data from the Afghan National Army.  When those numbers were included the decline disappeared entirely.  Those numbers maybe the most important since the Afghan's part of the load will be increasing.


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