ISAF Ends Its Daily 'Operational Update' Reports -- Threat Matrix
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.
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My Comment: This is unfortunate. The ISAF daily operational updates were always a must read for me every morning. With tens of thousands of soldiers still fighting in Afghanistan .... aside from a few news organizations .... much of the Afghan war will now no longer be reported.