At War: Afghan War Casualty Report: April 5-11

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.

In the past week, 10 civilians and 114 pro-government security forces were killed, including three United States service members who died when a vehicle laden with explosives targeted their convoy near Bagram Air Base. The deadliest assault took place in Kandahar Province, where the Taliban attacked border-force outposts in the Srochahan area of Shorabak District, killing 18 soldiers. In Badghis Province, 66 members of the Afghan security forces surrendered to the Taliban in two different incidents, as intense fighting over control of Bala Murghab District continued to escalate.

[Read the Afghan War Casualty Report from previous weeks.]

April 11 Badghis Province: 15 police officers surrendered to the Taliban

The Taliban attacked security outposts in Moqor District, leading 15 police officers to surrender with their weapons.

April 11 Faryab Province: eight soldiers killed

The Taliban attacked security outposts in the villages of Gaday Qala and Kariz Qala in Pashtoon Kot District, killing eight soldiers and wounding eight others.

April 11 Kunduz Province: 10 police officers killed

A Taliban Red Unit attacked the center of Chahar Dara District. Ten police officers were killed and 28 others were wounded in the fighting, but the Taliban were eventually pushed back from the district center. Local officials claimed that at least 20 Taliban fighters were also killed in the clashes.

April 10 Kandahar Province: one civilian killed

An Afghan special forces unit raided the village of Talokan in Panjwai District, killing Mohammad Gul, the principal of a school, and arresting five other villagers. Gul was the principal of Talokan Primary School for eight years. The reason for the military raid is not clear yet.

April 10 Balkh Province: two police officers killed

The Taliban ambushed a large convoy of Afghan forces on the highway connecting Jowzjan to Balkh Province. The convoy was ambushed four times. Two police officers were killed and nine others were wounded.

April 10 Badghis Province: four security forces killed

The Taliban attacked security outposts in Ab Kamari District, killing two police officers, one member of National Directorate of Security and one soldier.

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April 10 Ghazni Province: four security forces killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost in Wayez District, killing four members of the security forces and wounding three others. Local authorities claimed that six Taliban fighters were killed and four others were wounded in the clashes.

April 9 Badghis Province: 51 security forces surrendered to the Taliban

At least 51 members of the security forces — including 20 members of the National Directorate of Security, 11 police officers and 20 soldiers — surrendered to the Taliban in Bala Murghab District in recent days as the security in the district deteriorated.

April 9 Ghazni Province: one civilian killed

The Taliban shot and killed a driver and wounded another in Moshaki area of Qara Bagh District when he refused to pay money for insurgents. The driver was killed at a Taliban checkpoint on the highway connecting Kabul to Kandahar.

April 9 Kandahar Province: 18 soldiers killed

The Taliban attacked border force security outposts in the Srochahan area of Shorabak District, killing 18 soldiers. Eight soldiers were missing after the Taliban attack. Local authorities claimed that 17 Taliban fighters were also killed in clashes with security forces.

April 9 Badghis Province: four police officers killed

The Taliban attacked and captured four security outposts in the Sang-e-Atash area of Moqor District, killing four police officers. Local officials claimed that the Taliban also suffered casualties in the attack.

April 9 Kunduz Province: three security forces killed

A Taliban Red Unit attacked two security outposts in the village of Tajikha in Chahardara District, where fighting continued for four hours. Two local police officers and one soldier were killed and two other soldiers were wounded in the clashes.

April 9 Sar-i-Pul Province: six security forces killed

Hundreds of Taliban fighters attacked two military bases in the villages of Tebar and Saray Khwaja in Sancharak District, where the fighting continued for three hours. Two soldiers, three pro-government militia members and one local police officer were killed and seven members of the security forces were wounded. Local authorities claimed that the Taliban also suffered casualties in the clashes.

April 8 Badghis Province: two soldiers killed

The Taliban attacked two security outposts in the village of Sang-e-Atesh in Moqor District, killing two soldiers. Afghan officials claimed that 12 Taliban fighters were also killed in the fighting.

April 8 Takhar Province: one local police officer killed

During an assault on the Taliban in the village of Haji Salam in Khwaja Ghar District by local police officers, a Taliban infiltrator opened fire on his colleagues, killing one local police officer, in what seems to be the second insider attack of the day in northern Afghanistan. The infiltrator then joined the Taliban.

April 8 Jowzjan Province: one pro-government militia member killed

The Taliban attacked four security outposts in the village of Turkmen Qodus in Qosh Tepa District, killing one pro-government militia member and wounding three others in four hours of fighting. Local authorities claimed that five Taliban fighters were killed and three others were wounded in the fighting.

April 8 Samangan Province: two soldiers killed in an insider attack

A Taliban infiltrator, who worked for six years as a soldier under a false identity, killed one of his colleagues as they were escorting someone in Samangan Province. The infiltrator then forced the Humvee driver to transport him to Taliban territory in the Zeraki area of Dar-e-Sof Payen District. The infiltrator then killed the driver, who was a soldier, and seized the Humvee and weapons inside.

April 8 Parwan Province: three American soldiers killed

Three American service members were killed, and three service members and one American contractor were wounded by a roadside bomb near Bagram Air Base in Bagram District. A vehicle laden with explosives targeted the convoy of American forces. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

April 8 Nangarhar Province: one police officer and one civilian killed

A police vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the Third Police District of Jalalabad City, the provincial capital. A police officer and one civilian were killed, and five civilians were wounded in the explosion. The police vehicle and a minibus were destroyed in the explosion.

April 7 Kandahar Province: three soldiers killed

The Taliban attacked a military convoy in Shawalikot District, killing three soldiers and wounding two others. Local officials claimed that 15 Taliban fighters were killed and two others were wounded.

April 7 Paktika Province: two police officers killed

The Taliban attacked police outposts in the Chena area of Sharana, the provincial capital, killing two police officers and wounding another.

April 7 Badghis Province: 12 security forces killed

Eight soldiers and four police officers were killed, 10 soldiers and 24 police officers were wounded during the military operation in Bala Murghab District on Saturday and Sunday. Military officials claimed that 99 Taliban fighters were killed, and 25 others were wounded during the ground and air operation in the district. The military operation to clear insurgents from the district is ongoing.

April 7 Kunduz Province: seven soldiers killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost in the village of Qadamja in Imam Sahib District, where fighting continued for three hours. Insurgents ambushed reinforcements when they arrived, killing seven soldiers. The outpost was captured by the Taliban and nine soldiers, including two wounded, were taken prisoner.

April 6 Logar Province: four civilians killed

The head of the provincial council claimed that an American drone strike targeted a gathering of tribal elders in the Padkhab-e-Shana area of Pul-e-Alam, the provincial capital, killing four tribal elders. Local officials confirmed the airstrike was carried out by an American drone and the killing of four people. The government was still collecting information about the identity of those killed.

April 6 Sar-i-Pul Province: six security forces killed

The Taliban attacked security outposts in the village of Qushqar in Sar-i-Pul, the provincial capital, where fighting continued for six hours. Four soldiers and two members of pro-government militias were killed, eight soldiers and eight members of pro-government militia members were wounded and another soldier was taken prisoner. A Humvee was destroyed by insurgents. An army outpost and three militia outposts were taken by insurgents, but were later recaptured by security forces.

April 6 Nangarhar Province: three civilians killed

Three civilians, including a woman, were killed, and 19 others, including four women and two children, were wounded in twin blasts in the Fourth Police District in Jalalabad City.

April 5 Jowzjan Province: six police officers killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost in the village of Digy in Faizabad District, killing six local police officers and wounding seven others. The Taliban were eventually pushed back with the arrival of reinforcements.

April 5 Kandahar Province: one police officer killed

An armed man on a motorcycle opened fire on police in Kandahar City’s Sixth Police District. One police officer was killed and another was wounded in the attack. The attacker was able to flee from the area.

April 5 Takhar Province: five soldiers killed

The Taliban attack a security outpost in Dasht-e-Qala District, killing five soldiers and wounding eight others. The Taliban were pushed back with the arrival of reinforcements.

April 5 Badghis Province: three soldiers killed

Three soldiers were killed and five others were wounded in clashes between the Taliban and Afghan security forces in Bala Murghab District. Officials claimed that the Taliban suffered heavy casualties in the district.


Reporting was contributed by the following New York Times reporters: Najim Rahim from Mazar-e-Sharif, Mohammad Saber from Herat, Taimoor Shah from Kandahar, Farooq Jan Mangal from Khost and Zabihullah Ghazi from Jalalabad.

Source: NYT

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