Afghan War Casualty Report: June 21-27

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 67 pro-government forces and 10 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 some parts of the country. The deadliest attack took place in Herat Province, where the Taliban attacked security outposts in the center of Gulran District. Helicopters were sent to medevac casualties, but they were not able to land. Six soldiers and three police officers were killed; three soldiers and two police officers, including the district police chief, were wounded. One soldier and two police officers were taken prisoner by the Taliban. Separately, two American soldiers were killed during a military operation, bringing to nine the number of U.S. military fatalities in the country this year. The soldiers were killed by small-arms fire in southern Uruzgan Province, American defense officials said. They were engaged in a fierce firefight with Taliban militants, with combatants only yards apart at one point, one of the defense officials said.

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

June 27 Farah Province: three soldiers and one police officer killed

The Taliban attacked security outposts in the Diak village of Farah City, the provincial capital, killing one police officer and wounding two others. Casualties only increased after the arrival of reinforcements, as the Taliban ambushed three military vehicles approaching the area. Three soldiers were killed and three military vehicles were destroyed. The Taliban continue to attack security forces at the outskirts of the provincial capital almost every night.

June 27 Jowzjan Province: one pro-government militia member killed

The Taliban attacked security outposts in the Mangoti village of Sheberghan City, the provincial capital, killing one pro-government militia member during two hours of fighting. The Taliban fled from the area after the arrival of reinforcements, seizing the motorcycles of two militia members.

June 27 Kandahar Province: four police officers killed

The Taliban attacked police outposts in the Dabkarez area of Khakrez District, killing four police officers and wounding two others during an hour of fighting. Local authorities claimed that 15 Taliban fighters, including one of their commanders, were killed in the fighting.

June 26 Uruzgan Province: two American soldiers killed

Two United States soldiers were killed during a military operation, bringing to nine the number of American military fatalities in the country this year. The two, part of a Special Forces team, were killed by small-arms fire in southern Uruzgan province, American defense officials said. The soldiers were engaged in a fierce firefight with Taliban militants, with combatants only yards apart at one point, one of the defense officials said.

June 26 Badghis Province: one N.D.S. member killed

During a Taliban ambush in the Qadis District, one member of the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, was killed.

June 26 Ghazni Province: two police killed

A roadside bomb hit the vehicle of Qadir Shah, the police chief of the Khogyani district, killing him and another police officer. Three police officers were also wounded.

June 26 Samangan Province: one pro-government militia member killed

The Taliban attacked security outposts in Dara-i-Suf Payan District, where fighting continued for five hours. One pro-government militia member was killed and another was wounded. The Taliban were eventually pushed back.

June 26 Samangan Province: two police killed

Around 80 Taliban fighters attacked and captured a security outpost in the Taqchi village of Dar-i-Sof Bala, where 11 police officers were stationed. Two police officers were killed and another was wounded. The outpost was later recaptured after the arrival of reinforcements for backup.

June 26 Balkh Province: one local police killed

The Taliban attacked the village of Siah Aab in Sholgara District, killing one local police officer. After four hours of fighting the Taliban’s attack was repelled.

June 26 Zabul Province: four soldiers killed

The Taliban attacked security outposts in Shinky District, killing four soldiers. Four police officers and a member of the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, were wounded in the clashes, which went on for several hours.

June 26 Zabul Province: two police officers killed

The Taliban attacked a police outpost in Arghandab District, killing two police officers and wounding four others. Local authorities claimed that the Taliban suffered casualties in the attack but didn’t provide exact figures.

June 26 Herat Province: nine security forces killed

The Taliban attacked security outposts in the center of Gulran District, where clashes continued for several hours. Some helicopters were sent to the area for support and to airlift the dead, but they were not able to land due to Taliban fire. A number of wounded soldiers died because they did not receive medical attention in time. Six soldiers and three police officers were killed, while three soldiers and two police officers, including the district police chief, were wounded. One soldier and two police officers were taken prisoner by the Taliban. Local officials claimed that three Taliban members were killed and seven others were wounded in the clashes.

June 26 Farah Province: three police killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost at the entrance of Farah City, the provincial capital, killing three police officers and wounding another. Local authorities claimed that two Taliban fighters were killed in the clash and five others were wounded.

June 25 Paktika Province: four police officers killed

Four police officers were killed and 11 others were wounded when a roadside bomb hit a convoy of Afghan forces in the center of Sarhawza District. The forces in the convoy were on their way to repel the Taliban attack on a security outpost in the outskirts of the district.

June 25 Farah Province: three soldiers killed

Three soldiers were killed and two others were wounded when a roadside bomb hit a Humvee, which had been part of a military convoy traveling from the province of Herat to Farah. The explosion took place in the Shawz wa Abkhorma village of Balablok District. After the explosion, Taliban strongholds in the area were bombed, resulting in the death of four insurgents, according to local officials.

June 25 Balkh Province: one pro-government militia member killed

The Taliban attacked the Baloch area of Zarey District, killing a pro-government militia commander, Muhammad Gul, and wounding another militia member. The Taliban were pushed back by militia forces despite the fact that reinforcements for backup never arrived.

June 25 Logar Province: two civilians killed

Two engineers working for the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs were killed in a Taliban ambush in the Porak area of Pol-e-Alam City, the provincial capital. The engineers were working on the construction of a school in the provincial capital.

June 25 Samangan Province: two pro-government militia members killed

The Taliban were preparing to attack the center of Roy Do Aab District, but they were ambushed by security forces in the village of Ahangaran, where clashes continued for three hours. Two pro-government militia members, including a commander, were killed and three others were wounded. Local authorities claimed that two Taliban fighters were also killed.

June 25 Zabul Province: two police officers killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost on the highway connecting Kandahar to Kabul in the Aman Pol area of Qalat City, the provincial capital. Two police officers were killed and two others were wounded during the hourlong battle between insurgents and security forces, but the post did not collapse. Local authorities claimed that the Taliban also suffered casualties.

June 24 Paktika Province: one police officer killed

A group of Taliban fighters were planning to attack security outposts in Yahya Khail District, but Afghan forces were prepared to repel them. One police officer was killed in the clash.

June 24 Faryab Province: one pro-government militia member killed

The Taliban ambushed a team of pro-government militia members in the Khair Abad village of Dawlat Abad District, killing one militia member and wounding another over an hour of fighting.

June 24 Baghlan Province: one soldier killed

Maj. Amanullah Rahmani, an Afghan soldier, was killed by the Taliban when he was traveling to visit his family after five months apart. Rahmani, 42, was taken prisoner in the Baghlan-e-Markazi District and killed on the spot. Rahmani was the father of four children.

June 24 Balkh Province: one police officer killed

Akhtar Muhammad, head of the police counterterrorism department in the Charbolak District, was killed by the Taliban in the Margin Tepa area of Balkh district while traveling in a private vehicle and wearing civilian clothes.

June 24 Jowzjan Province: six pro-government militia members killed

Six pro-government militia members including their commander were killed in an insider attack by three other militias in an outpost in the village of Gozar in Qosh Tepa District. The attacker joined the Taliban after carrying out the attack. All three attackers were members of groups affiliated with the Islamic State in Afghanistan and were surrendered to the government last year.

June 24 Ghor Province: two pro-government militia members killed

Two pro-government militia members were killed and two others were wounded in a Taliban attack on security outposts in the area of Gawkosh in Tolak District. Local authorities claimed that four Taliban fighters were also killed during the four-hour clash.

June 24 Baghlan Province: one police officer killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost in the Shamarq area of Pul-e-Khumri City, the provincial capital, killing one police officer and wounding another in two hours of battle. Reinforcement arrived on-time for backup and the Taliban didn’t suffer any casualties.

June 24 Badakhshan Province: one police officer killed

One police officer was killed and another was wounded during a military operation in the village of Naw Abad-e-Danishmandan in Argo District when a police vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb.

June 23 Herat Province: three police officers killed

The Taliban attacked a police outpost in the Zeyaratjah village of Guzara District, killing three police officers and wounding another.

June 23 Sar-i-Pul Province: Two pro-government militias killed

Pro-government militia members ambushed the Taliban in the area of Tepa-e-Kamarak in Sozma Qala District. The insurgents were aware of the ambush and did not suffer any casualties. Two members of the militia were killed in clashes with the Taliban.

June 23 Kunduz Province: one police officer killed

A police officer killed his company commander Abdul Wahab in an insider attack after a verbal dispute inside the police headquarters in Kunduz City, the provincial capital. The attacker was able to escape from the headquarters and join the Taliban. The attacker served for six years as a bodyguard for Commander Abdul Wahab.

June 23 Herat Province: one civilian killed

One civilian was killed and two others were wounded when security guards of the district governor opened fire on a group of people who were protesting the beating of two Madrasa students by governor’s guards in the center of Gulran District.

June 23 Balkh Province: two civilians killed

The Taliban attacked a convoy of Afghan security forces in the Alamkhil area of Balkh District while hiding in shops in a bazaar nearby. Two civilians, including a child, were killed when the government forces responded to the Taliban attack.

June 22 Nangarhar Province: one civilian killed

A religious scholar was shot and killed by unknown gunmen in the fourth police district of Jalalabad City, the provincial capital. The attackers managed to escape from the area.

June 22 Badakhshan Province: four civilians killed

The Taliban killed four male members of a family in the Dara-e-Khostak area of Jurm District, an act of vengeance for the killing of two Taliban commanders by unknown gunmen. The bodies of the four civilians were not handed over to their family.


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

Source: NYT

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