The following report compiles all significant security incidents confirmed by New York Times reporters throughout Afghanistan from the past seven days. It is necessarily incomplete as many local officials refuse to confirm casualty information. The report includes government claims of insurgent casualty figures, but in most cases these cannot be independently verified by The Times. Similarly, the reports do not include Taliban claims for their attacks on the government unless they can be verified. Both sides routinely inflate casualty totals for their opponents.
At least 70 pro-government forces and 17 civilians were killed in Afghanistan during the past week. Casualties among pro-government forces increased compared to last week as the Taliban intensified their attacks in the north and west of the country. The deadliest attack occurred in Ghor Province where the Taliban attacked Posht Noor area in Dawlatyar District, killing 14 pro-government militia members and wounding two others. In Kunduz Province, an army outpost was bombed by an American airstrike in Ismail Qeshalq area of Imam Sahib District, killing six soldiers and wounding eight others. According to the American military, the airstrike was carried out to support a joint patrol on the ground that was taking machine-gun fire. The site was an outpost on the front line between Afghan forces and the Taliban.
[Read the Afghan War Casualty Report from previous weeks.]
June 13 Herat Province: one civilian killed
A vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the village of Gunah Abad in Aobe District killing one civilian. The mine was planted by the Taliban.
June 13 Nangarhar Province: five civilians and four police officers killed
Five civilians and four local police officers were killed when a suicide attacker targeted a police vehicle in the Sixth Police District of Jalalabad City, the provincial capital. At least 12 people, including three children and three police officers, were wounded. The suicide attacker was on foot.
June 13 Balkh Province: two security forces killed
The Taliban attacked a security outpost in the Kohna Kaldar area of Kaldar District, where fighting continued for several hours. Reinforcements arriving in a Humvee hit a roadside bomb, which killed one pro-government militia member and one police officer. Four members of the security forces were also wounded. Local authorities claimed that the Taliban also suffered casualties.
June 13 Herat Province: one soldier killed
Two Taliban fighters on a motorcycle shot and killed an Afghan soldier in Gulran District. Two civilians, who were students at the local school, were also wounded in the firing. The attackers successfully fled the area.
June 12 Takhar Province: one pro-government militia member killed
The Taliban attacked security outposts in Baharak District, where fighting continued for two hours. One member of the pro-government militia was killed in the clashes. Local authorities claimed that four Taliban fighters were killed and that the Taliban were pushed back.
June 12 Herat Province: two security forces killed
In an attempt to capture the area, the Taliban attacked the village of Gunah Abad in Aobe District. The attack was repelled by security forces, two members of which were killed in the clashes. Local authorities claimed that the Taliban suffered heavy casualties in the attack without providing exact figures.
June 12 Faryab Province: five pro-government militia members killed
The Taliban attacked three security outposts in the Ali Abad area of Gorziwan District, where fighting continued for two hours. Five pro-government militia members were killed and three others were wounded. One security outpost was captured by insurgents but was later retaken. Despite many calls for backup, reinforcements never arrived.
June 12 Takhar Province: two local police officers killed
The Taliban attacked security outposts in Khwaja Ghar District in order to capture the district center, where fighting continued for nearly 10 hours. Two local police officers were killed and five others were wounded. Local authorities claimed that 10 Taliban members were killed in these clashes. The Taliban were briefly able to capture the security outposts, which were later recaptured by local security forces.
June 12 Badghis Province: three soldiers killed
The Taliban attacked the village of Asyab in Qades District, where fighting continued for several hours. Arriving reinforcements hit a roadside bomb in their Humvee. Three soldiers were killed and another was wounded.
June 12 Herat Province: one civilian and two local militia members killed
One civilian and two local militia members were killed in clashes between two armed groups in Ghoryan District. The reason for the clashes was unclear.
June 12 Nangarhar Province: one civilian killed
A religious scholar was killed by armed men in Khewa District. He was on his way to the mosque for morning prayer.
June 11 Kandahar Province: 13 soldiers killed
The Taliban attacked army outposts in Khakrez District, killing 13 soldiers in several hours of fighting.
June 11 Paktika Province: one civilian killed
A police vehicle was blown up by a roadside bomb in Wazi Khwa District, killing one civilian and wounding three police officers.
June 11 Kunduz Province: six soldiers killed
An army outpost was bombed by an American airstrike in the Ismail Qeshalq area of Imam Sahib District. Six soldiers were killed and eight others were wounded. A joint patrol of American and Afghan forces came under effective fire. The ground force requested air support to suppress the onslaught of machine-gun fire, which turned out to be coming from another group of Afghan security forces, said Col. Dave Butler, spokesman for U.S. Forces Afghanistan. “This operation was extensively planned and coordinated with U.S. and Afghan security forces to prevent an event like this from occurring. We regret the tragic loss of our Afghan partners. A joint investigation board will be convened to determine the factors that contributed to this incident and to help prevent future tragedies,” he added. There was no military operation in the area and no clash with the Taliban, according to local officials.
June 11 Zabul Province: three security forces killed
In an unsuccessful attempt to capture the district, the Taliban attacked security outposts in Daychopan District. Three members of the security forces were killed and two others were wounded in the attack. Local authorities claimed that 40 Taliban fighters were killed and 13 others were wounded in the airstrikes.
June 11 Kabul Province: one police officer killed
The Taliban attacked a security outpost in Shakardara District, killing one police officer and wounding another.
June 11 Kandahar Province: six civilians killed
Two women, two men and two children were killed when a roadside bomb hit their vehicle in the village of Panezo in Dand District. They were traveling from Kandahar City, the provincial capital.
June 10 Herat Province: seven soldier killed
The Taliban attacked security outposts in the Ganj and Khwaja Joy areas of Keshk Robat Sangi District, killing seven members of the border forces and wounding 10 others in several hours of fighting.
June 9 Ghazni Province: one child killed
One child was killed and seven other children were wounded while playing with an unexploded mortar shell that went off in the Charada area of Wayez District. Some of the children are in critical condition.
June 9 Ghazni Province: one civilian killed
The Taliban stopped a car in the Qiyaq area of Jaghatu District and kidnapped a university student who was traveling to Kabul. Police later found his body in the same area where he was kidnapped.
June 9 Herat Province: four border forces killed
A roadside bomb hit a Humvee of border forces in the Islam Qala area of Kohsan District when they were trying to provide backup to a Taliban attack on a nearby Chakhar Gah security outpost. Four border forces were killed and seven others were wounded in the attack.
June 7 Ghor Province: 14 militia members killed
The Taliban attacked the Posht Noor area in Dawlatyar District, killing 14 pro-government militia members and wounding two others who were defending their area from insurgents. People in the area were asked by the Taliban to raise their flags and collect taxes for them, but they rejected the offer and were therefore attacked.
Reporting was contributed by the following New York Times reporters: Fatima Faizi from Kabul, Najim Rahim from Mazar-e-Sharif, Zabihullah Ghazi from Jalalabad, Asadullah Timoori from Herat, and Farooq Jan Mangal from Khost.
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