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 72 pro-government forces and 29 civilians were killed in Afghanistan during the past week. The deadliest attack took place in Badghis Province, where the Taliban overran two outposts shared by the army, the police and the National Directorate of Security in Bala Murghab District, killing at least 20 soldiers and five police officers. In Paktika Province, hundreds of Taliban fighters attacked several security outposts in Mata Khan and Zurmat districts killing 13 police officers. In Ghazni Province, seven children were killed and two others were wounded after one of them stepped on a bomb planted by the Taliban in Moqor District.
May 16 Zabul Province: three police officers killed
The Taliban attacked security outposts in the area of Suri in Shinky District, killing three police officers, including Qais Ahmad Helmandwal, a battalion commander, and wounding two officers. Local authorities claimed that seven Taliban fighters were killed and 11 others were wounded in the attack. The attack was eventually repelled by security forces.
May 15 Zabul Province: five security forces killed
The Taliban stormed the center of Shamulzai District, located on the border with Pakistan, killing five members of the security forces. Additional forces from Kandahar Province and Zabul’s provincial capital arrived, eventually ending the assault. Local authorities claimed that the Taliban suffered heavy casualties in the attack, but did not release an exact figure. Some telecommunication towers in the district were burned down by insurgents.
May 15 Paktia Province: one soldier killed
The Taliban attacked a security outposts in the area of Machalgho in Ahmad Abad District, killing one soldier and wounding two others. Authorities claimed that the Taliban also suffered casualties; the insurgents were pushed back by security forces.
May 15 Kandahar Province: one police officer killed
Two gunmen on a motorcycle killed one police officer who was in charge of a security outpost in Kandahar City, the provincial capital. The attackers were not captured.
May 14 Kandahar Province: one police officer killed
One police officer was killed and another was wounded when an I.E.D. attached to their vehicle went off in Kandahar City, the provincial capital.
May 14 Jowzjan Province: one pro-government militia member killed
The Taliban attacked a security outpost in Qarqin District, killing one militia member and wounding six others. Local authorities claimed that 10 Taliban fighters were killed and eight others were wounded in the clashes. The attack was stopped by security forces.
May 14 Baghlan Province: one civilian killed
One civilian was killed when an I.E.D. attached to his vehicle went off in Pul-i-Kumri City, the provincial capital. Three civilians were wounded in the explosion.
May 13 Nangarhar Province: four civilians killed
Four civilians were killed and 17 others wounded when four roadside bombs in Talashi Square in Jalalabad City, the provincial capital, simultaneously exploded.
May 13 Sar-i-Pul Province: seven pro-government militia members killed
The Taliban attacked a security outpost in the village of Qashqari in Sar-i-pul City where the fighting continued for two hours. Seven pro-government militia members were killed, and six others were wounded. Three militias were taken prisoners by the Taliban. The outpost was eventually captured by insurgents, and reinforcements did not arrive despite many requests for support.
May 13 Badakhshan Province: four soldiers killed
The Taliban ambushed a vehicle of Afghan border forces in the village of Deh Naw of Shahri Buzurg District, killing a company commander and three soldiers, and wounding other. The soldiers were on their way to the bazaar to buy food.
May 12 Paktika Province: 13 police officers killed
Hundreds of Taliban fighters simultaneously attacked several security outposts in Mulayan area of Mata Khan District and Sarkai area of Zurmat District, where the fighting continued for several hours. At least 13 police officers were killed and 19 others were wounded in the attacks.
May 12 Baghlan Province: deputy of provincial intelligence department killed
Ghafoor Khan, the deputy of Baghlan’s National Directorate of Security, was killed in the Taliban ambush in Doshi District. One of his bodyguards was wounded in the attack.
May 12 Wardak Province: five civilians killed
The Taliban attacked the area of Mirhazar in Hesa-e-Dowom-e-Behsod District, killing five civilians and wounding 12 others. Five civilians went missing after the Taliban attack. The Taliban attacked a neighborhood populated by the Hazara minority as a sign of support for the Kuchi people, who are of Pashtun ethnicity. The Hazaras and Kuchis communities have been fighting over land in the area for many years.
May 11 Kabul Province: one civilian killed
Meena Mangal, a former journalist and current employee of Afghan Parliament, was assassinated by unknown gunmen in Kabul City.
May 11 Takhar Province: four police officers killed
The Taliban attacked security outposts in the center of Khwaja Ghar District, killing four police officers and wounding five others.
May 11 Ghazni Province: seven children killed
Seven children were killed and two others were wounded after one of them stepped on a roadside bomb in the Chambaran area of Moqor District. The bomb was planted by the Taliban to target security forces.
May 11 Sar-i-Pul Province: one local police officer killed
Taliban fighters attacked security outposts in the village of Top Khana in Sancharak District, where the fighting continued for two hours. At least one police officer was killed in the attack. Local authorities claimed that the Taliban suffered casualties during the clashes.
May 11 Nangarhar Province: one police officer killed
The Taliban ambushed and killed a police officer in Kandak area of Kama District when he was driving home.
May 11 Samangan Province: three pro-government militia members killed
The Taliban ambushed a group of pro-government militia members who were patrolling the area of Dash-e-Gharma in Khuram Ao Sarbagh District, killing three of them during an hour of fighting.
May 11 Samangan Province: five civilians killed
The Taliban launched rocket attacks at a house in the Gola area of Dara-i-Suf Payan District, where the family of a pro-government militia commander was living. Five members of the family, including three women were killed, and 10 others were wounded.
May 10 Daikundi Province: six civilians killed
A vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Nawa Mesh District, killing six civilians and wounding five others. A woman and a child were among those killed.
May 10 Balkh Province: one police officer killed
The Taliban attacked army and police outposts in Balkh District, killing one local police officer and wounding four soldiers and a police officer in four hours of battle. Local authorities claimed that five Taliban fighters were killed and seven others were wounded in the clashes.
May 10 Badghis Province: 25 security forces killed
The Taliban overran two outposts shared by the army, the police and the National Directorate of Security in the area of Akaziha in Bala Murghab District, killing at least 20 soldiers and five police officers. Insurgents attacked forces that arrived as backup, wounding 11 soldiers. The Taliban seized all weapons and equipment there. Some reports suggested that a number of soldiers were taken captive.
Reporting was contributed by the following New York Times reporters: Fatima Faizi from Kabul, Najim Rahim from Mazar-e-Sharif, Mohammad Saber from Herat, Taimoor Shah from Kandahar, Farooq Jan Mangal from Khost and Zabihullah Ghazi from Jalalabad.