Air Force Stops Reporting Drone Strikes in Afghanistan

The Air Force has reversed a policy of reporting drone strikes in Afghanistan and has wiped the information from past reports that were on its website as well. Last October, the Air Force Central Command began publishing reports of the strikes from remote piloted aircraft as part of an effort to "provide more detailed information on RPA ops in Afghanistan." After releasing statistics for each month through January, the February report contained no information regarding drone strikes, and the older reports have each had their drone strike information removed from the website (the Air Force is apparently unfamiliar with the wonders of Archive.org).

The Air Force Times found that the information had been altered around February 22nd, just days before confirmation hearings began for incoming CIA director John Brennan. The Defense Department says that it "was not involved in the decision to remove the statistics."