US watchdog complains of receiving inaccurate data about Afghan forces
The official US watchdog on Afghanistan — the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) — has complained that it was receiving inaccurate information about the declining number of Afghan security forces.
In an addendum to its April 30 report to the US Congress, SIGAR complained that it continues to receive inaccurate data from the US forces in Afghanistan.
Inspector General John F. Sopko wrote to Congress that on May 10, US Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) informed SIGAR that they had previously provided inaccurate data to SIGAR about the actual force strength of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF). SIGAR had included those “incorrect” data in its quarterly report published on April 30 were incorrect.
“USFOR-A said the error in their original figures had been mostly due to their failure to account for the transfer of most of the Afghan Border Force (ABF), previously an Afghan National Police (ANP) force element, from the ANP to the Afghan National Army (ANA),” Spoko wrote.
According to this explanation, while the ABF personnel had already been dropped from the original ANP figure, they had not been added to the ANA figure. “USFOR-A did not indicate what other factors contributed to their erroneous reporting,” Spoko complained.