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 92 pro-government forces and 45 civilians were killed during another bloody week of fighting in Afghanistan. The deadliest of the attacks took place in Badghis Province, where 46 Afghan commandos who had been planning a raid on a Taliban prison ended up near the house of the Taliban shadow governor in the Aab Kamari District, where both sides fought for seven hours. Thirty-five commandos and four civilians were killed; four others were taken prisoners by insurgents. Elsewhere, in Nangarhar Province, nine people were killed when a child carried out a suicide attack at a wedding party in Pachiragam District. Among those killed was Malik Tor, a pro-government militia commander, and eight civilians, including a child. Fourteen others were wounded. On Saturday, Sgt. Maj. James G. “Ryan” Sartor, a Special Forces company sergeant major, was killed as a result of injuries sustained from enemy small-arms fire during combat operations, the American military announced.
July 18 Kandahar Province: 11 people killed
The Taliban used two vehicles laden with explosives to attack police headquarters in Kandahar City. Suicide bombers attempted to enter the headquarters, but they were shot and killed by security forces. Two police officers and nine civilians were killed, while 89 people, including four women and 11 children, were wounded. Four trucks parked in the vicinity of the clash were also destroyed, and the explosion shattered the doors and windows of nearby houses.
July 17 Baghlan Province: one police officer killed
The Taliban shot and killed a police officer in the Chehel Kapa village of Doshi District, using a pistol with a suppressor. They seized the officer’s weapon afterward.
July 17 Kunduz Province: one pro-government militia member killed
The Taliban shot and killed one pro-government militia member on Abdul Raouf Street in Khan Abad District, seizing his weapon.
July 17 Herat Province: three civilians killed
A motorcycle hit a roadside bomb in the du Juee village of Pashtun Zarghon District, killing three members of a single family, including the father, mother and child, who were traveling from Tulak District.
July 17 Kunduz Province: one civilian killed
A bomb attached to a bicycle exploded in the Third Police District of Kunduz City, the provincial capital, killing one civilian and wounding four others.
July 17 Helmand Province: one police officer killed
The Taliban attacked police who were patrolling in Greshk District center, killing one and wounding two others.
July 17 Ghazni Province: two soldiers killed
While visiting security outposts in the Qara Bagh District, Abdul Mobin, the commander of the Third Brigade of the Afghan army, and one of his bodyguards were killed in an insider attack.
July 17 Sar-i-Pul Province: five children killed
Five children between the ages of 8 and 12 were playing with a mortar shell left behind from previous battles in the Imam Jafar village of Sar-I-Pul City, the provincial capital, when it exploded, killing all five.
July 16 Kabul Province: one member of the security forces killed
General Abdul Ghafar, a senior member of the Afghan President’s Protection Services, was wounded by an explosion in the Qala-i-Zaman Khan area of Kabul, the capital, several days ago. He died of his wounds.
July 16 Zabul Province: four civilians killed
The Taliban fired several rockets into a bazaar in the center of Shajoy District, killing four people.
July 16 Badghis Province: 35 Afghan commandos and four civilians killed
During a raid on a Taliban prison near the house of the Taliban shadow governor in Aab Kamari District, 35 commandos and four civilians were killed. Four others were taken prisoner by insurgents. Local authorities said that 30 Taliban fighters were killed and 50 others were wounded.
July 16 Khost Province: one civilian killed
A group of Taliban fighters attacked a security outpost in the Borgai area of Dwamonda District. Before the attack was repelled, a vehicle was targeted, killing one civilian.
July 16 Badghis Province: two civilians killed
Afghan commandos carried out a night operation in the Minaqol village of Aab Kamari District. Two civilians and, according to authorities, 20 members of the Taliban were killed during the operation.
July 16 Herat Province: two police officers killed
The Taliban shot and killed two police officers in a bazaar in the center of Rabat e Sangi District, seizing their weapons.
July 15 Badakhshan Province: one soldier killed
The Taliban attacked two security outposts in the village of Gardana Ahmad and the bazaar in Raghistan District, where clashes continued for three hours. One soldier was killed and four local police officers were wounded, while local authorities claimed five Taliban fighters were also killed.
July 15 Herat Province: one soldier killed
One soldier was killed and six others were wounded during military operations in various districts of Herat Province. Local authorities claimed that 50 Taliban fighters were killed.
July 15 Faryab Province: five members of the territorial army killed
The Taliban attacked a security outpost in the village of Nazir Abad in Pashtun Kot District, killing five members of the territorial army. Local authorities claimed that two Taliban members were also killed. The Taliban were eventually pushed back from the area.
July 15 Logar Province: two children killed
An American drone targeted a gathering of the Taliban in the Kamal Khail area of Pul-e-Alam, the provincial capital, killing 22 Taliban fighters and wounding five others, according to local authorities. Two children who were playing in the area were also killed.
July 14 Uruzgan Province: six civilians killed
Six civilians were killed during a joint raid by Afghan and American special operation forces in the Khalij area of Gizab District. The Taliban took shelter in a home while fighting the security forces. Local authorities claimed that eight Taliban fighters were killed in the clashes. Several children and the owner of the house in which the Taliban took shelter were among the six killed.
July 14 Badakhshan Province: One pro-government militia member killed
A roadside bomb hit a vehicle carrying pro-government militia members in the Darayem District of Badakhshan Province, killing one commander and wounding three others.
July 13 Sar-i-Pul Province: one pro-government militia member killed
Mohammad Reza, a pro-government commander, was taken prisoner by the Taliban while traveling in the Gosfandy District. He was killed the same day by insurgents.
July 13 Badghis Province: one soldier killed
One soldier was killed and another was wounded when they were hit by a Taliban rocket while patrolling outside their base in Bala Murghab District.
July 13 Badghis Province: four security forces killed
Two Taliban members assassinated a police officer in the main roundabout of Qala e Naw City, the provincial capital. The attackers escaped to a building in the city. Four members of the security forces, including two police officers and two members of the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, were killed in clashes with the attackers, both of whom were eventually arrested.
July 13 Jawzjan Province: three police officers killed
The Taliban attacked the center of Qarqin District, where clashes continued for several hours. Three police officers were killed in the clashes.
July 13 Faryab Province: one soldier killed
The Taliban attacked a security outpost in Hazara Qala village of Pashtun Kot District, killing one member of the territorial army and wounding two others. Local authorities claimed that two Taliban members were killed.
July 13 Baghlan Province: five police officers killed
The Taliban attacked the center of Gozargah-e-Noor District, where reinforcements arrived in time to push back the Taliban. After leaving the area reinforcements were ambushed by the Taliban and a roadside bomb hit a Humvee, killing five police officers and wounding two others.
July 13 Kandahar Province: two police officers killed
A police truck was hit by a roadside bomb as it was transporting drinking water to an outpost in Mianashin District. Two police officers were killed and another was wounded in the explosion.
July 13 Kunduz Province: one police officer killed
A local police commander was killed during a military operation in Qurghan Tepa area of Imam Sahib District. Five villages were cleared of Taliban fighters in the district.
July 13 Ghor Province: one police officer killed
One police officer was killed and two others were wounded during a military operation in Ona village, in the Taiwara District. Local authorities claimed that nine Taliban members were killed during the operation.
July 13 Faryab: American service member killed
Sgt. Maj. James G. “Ryan” Sartor, a Special Forces company sergeant major, was killed as a result of injuries sustained from enemy small-arms fire during combat operations, the American military announced.
July 12 Faryab Province: 12 security forces killed
The Taliban responded to an ambush attack by the territorial army in the village of Kawliyan in Belcheragh District, killing 12 soldiers and wounding seven others.
July 12 Nangarhar Province: nine people killed
Malik Tor, a pro-government militia commander, and eight civilians including a child were killed in a suicide attack carried out by a child in the wedding party of the nephew of the commander in Pachiragam District. Fourteen others were wounded, some of whom are in critical condition.
July 12 Badghis Province: one police officer killed
Mohammad Akbar Faizi, the police chief of Qades District, died of wounds sustained from a clash with the Taliban 10 days earlier.
July 12 Jowzjan Province: three police officers killed
The Taliban attacked Qarqin District, where fighting continued for several hours. Three police officers were killed in the clashes. Additional forces were sent to push back the Taliban.
July 12 Khost Province: two security forces killed
A Taliban Red Unit attacked the police headquarters of Mosa Khail District in Khost City, killing one police officer and one soldier. Local authorities claimed that 16 members of the Taliban were killed and 13 others were wounded, while government forces seized various Taliban weapons and military equipment from the Taliban.
Reporting was contributed by the following New York Times reporters: Jawad Sukhanyar from Kabul, Najim Rahim from Mazar-e-Sharif, Taimoor Shah from Kandahar, Asadullah Timory from Herat, Zabihullah Ghazi from Jalalabad and Farooq Jan Mangal from Khost.