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 112 pro-government forces and 69 civilians were killed in Afghanistan during the past week. The deadliest attacks took place in Farah Province, where a passenger bus traveling from was hit by a roadside bomb in Balaboluk District, killing at least 35 civilians, women and children among them, and wounding more than a dozen others. Elsewhere, a Taliban attack in the Belcheragh District of Faryab Province resulted in the deaths of eight commandos and 14 members of the territorial army. In Kandahar Province, two American soldiers were killed in an insider attack. The attacker was arrested and is currently in the custody of the United States forces in Afghanistan. Earlier this week, the United Nations announced in a report that nearly 1,400 civilians in Afghanistan have died in the first six months of 2019, attributing 52% of those deaths to Afghan forces and their allies, whose reliance on aerial operations has had particularly lethal effects on civilians.
Aug. 1 Kabul Province: two police officers killed
An I.E.D. exploded in Kabul City’s 15th Police District, killing two police officers and wounded three others.
Aug. 1 Kunduz Province: two civilians killed
During a wedding ceremony in the village of Qaymaqchi in Kunduz City, the provincial capital, a group of Taliban fighters were targeted by an airstrike, killing five Taliban fighters. The insurgents then began firing at people, killing two civilians and wounding three others.
July 31 Takhar Province: four security forces killed
The Taliban attacked security outposts in the Yangi Qala District, killing two soldiers and two pro-government militia members while wounding three others. Local authorities claimed that nine members of the Taliban were killed in the battle.
July 31 Farah Province: 35 civilians killed
A passenger bus traveling from Herat to Farah was hit by a roadside bomb in Balaboluk District, killing at least 35 civilians, including women and children, and wounding at least a dozen more. The dead and injured were taken by police to hospitals in Farah province.
July 31 Logar Province: one police officer killed
The Taliban attacked district police headquarters in Azra District, killing one police officer and wounding seven others. Afghan air forces targeted insurgents in the area, killing 29 of them and wounding dozens of others.
July 31 Kandahar Province: three police officers killed
The Taliban attacked police outposts in both the Azizabad and Nalghami areas of Maiwand District, killing three police officers and wounding seven others during several hours of fighting. Local authorities claimed that the Taliban also suffered casualties.
July 31 Zabul Province: four security forces killed
The Taliban attacked army and police outposts in the Nawbahar and Shemulzai districts, killing three soldiers and one police officer. The insurgents tried to take the district of Nawbahar, but air support arrived, pushing back the fighters. Local authorities claimed that 28 Taliban insurgents were killed.
July 31 Farah Province: six soldiers killed
A roadside bomb hit a bus in Balabulok District, killing 35 civilians and wounding 27 others. When Afghan forces went to the area to defuse the remaining bombs, seven remaining roadside bombs exploded, killing six soldiers and wounding four others.
July 30 Ghor Province: three police officers killed
The Taliban attacked a police outpost in the village of Korak in Dawlat Yar District, killing three police officers. Local officials said two Taliban fighters were killed and three were wounded.
July 30 Kapisa Province: two police officers killed
The Taliban attacked a police outpost in the Naw Abad village of Mahmud Raqi, the provincial capital, where two police officers were killed over several hours of fighting.
July 30 Kandahar Province: three civilians killed
A motorcycle packed with explosives was parked in a crowded bazaar in Spin Boldak District when it went off, killing three civilians, including a child, and wounding 20 others.
July 30 Baghlan Province: three soldiers killed
The Taliban attacked a military base called Tapa-e-Qurghan in the Dand-e-Ghori area of Pul-i-Kumri City, the provincial capital, killing three soldiers and wounding two others. Local authorities claimed that 50 Taliban members were killed and 30 others were wounded in a later airstrike, but it was not clear if it was carried out by Afghan or American air power.
July 30 Herat Province: 10 security forces killed
The Taliban attacked three security outposts in Koshk-e-Kohna District, killing five territorial army members, four police officers and one pro-government militia member during three hours of fighting. Seven members of the territorial army and a police officer were wounded in the clash. Local authorities claimed that the Taliban also suffered casualties.
July 29 Uruzgan Province: two American soldiers killed
An Afghan soldier opened fire on American soldiers in Shawalikot District, killing two of them, killing Pfc. Brandon Jay Kreischer and Specialist Michael Isaiah Nance of First Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Third Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. The Afghan soldier was wounded and is in custody of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. American forces in Afghanistan confirmed the killing of two U.S. service members in a statement without providing further details.
July 29 Herat Province: four pro-government militia members and one civilian killed
Four pro-government militia members were killed and two others were wounded in a Taliban attack on a security outpost in the Ab Barik village of Robat Sangi District. A civilian was also killed in the crossfire. Local authorities claimed that three Taliban fighters were killed in the clash.
July 28 Kabul Province: 16 civilians and four security forces killed
I an assassination attempt on Amrullah Saleh, a former Afghan intelligence chief who was recently announced as President Ashraf Ghani’s running-mate in the upcoming September elections, at least 20 people were killed and 50 others wounded when a car bomb exploded at Saleh’s political headquarters, followed by the entry of a half-dozen suicide bombers. The candidate was able to escape after a 50-minute battle with the insurgents. Of those killed, 16 were civilians and four were members of pro-government forces. Of the wounded, 43 were civilians.
July 28 Ghazni Province: three civilians killed
Three civilians were killed and three others were wounded in a roadside explosion in Ghazni City’s Third Police District.
July 28 Ghazni Province: four police officers killed
The Taliban attacked a local police base with a vehicle laden with explosives in Ab Band district, killing four local police officers and wounding 10 others.
July 28 Kunduz Province: two civilians and two police officers killed
The Taliban attacked and captured a security outpost in the Arzbigi village of Ali Abad District, killing two local police officers and two civilians, who were guests in the outpost. Two other officers wounded, along with one other civilian.
July 28 Kunduz Province: two soldiers killed
Two soldiers were killed and three pro-government militia members were wounded during a clash between security forces and the Taliban in Qala-e-Zal District.
July 28 Faryab Province: 22 security forces killed
The Taliban attacked Kawliyan village of Belcheragh District, killing eight commandos and 14 members of the territorial army during 24 hours of fighting. Seven other members of the security forces were wounded during the clashes. The insurgents successfully captured all of the security outposts.
July 28 Sar-i-Pul Province: three pro-government militia members were killed
The Taliban attacked security outposts in the Korak-e-Moghul village of Sar-i-Pul City, the provincial capital, killing three pro-government militia members and wounding two others. After two hours of fighting, the outpost was recaptured.
July 27 Badghis Province: four civilians killed
Four civilians were killed in an airstrike when they left a meeting with Taliban officials in Regi village of Jawand District. The civilians, one of whom was a tribal elder, were trying to convince insurgents to reopen the route to the district.
July 27 Baghlan Province: one special forces officer killed
An I.E.D. attached to a police vehicle exploded in Pul-i-Kumri City’s First Police District, killing one Afghan special forces officer and wounding two others.
July 27 Ghazni Province: five police officers killed
A Humvee laden with explosives targeted a military base in the Tawda Chena area of Aab Band District, killing five police officers, including the district police chief, and wounding 20 others, including the district governor.
July 27 Khost Province: two civilians killed
A motorcycle bomb targeted a Khost Provincial Force convoy in the eastern part of Khost City, the provincial capital. Two civilians, including a woman, were killed and 30 others were wounded.
July 27 Uruzgan Province: one soldier and one civilian killed
Police officers and soldiers opened fire on one other after an unexplained verbal dispute in Tarin Kot, the provincial capital. One soldier and one civilian were killed and three police officers were wounded.
July 27 Samangan Province: seven pro-government militia members killed
The Taliban attacked a security outpost in Taikhonak village of Aybak City, the provincial capital, killing seven pro-government militia members and wounding seven others during six hours of fighting. The outpost was later recaptured.
July 27 Daikundi Province: nine police officers killed
Nine police officers were killed and three others were wounded when the Taliban attacked a base in the Kohi Seya Sang area of Nawmesh District. Despite many calls, reinforcements did not arrive.
July 26 Kandahar Province: three police officers killed
The Taliban attacked outposts in the Shorabak District, killing three police officers and wounding five others. Air support arrived in time to kill 60 Taliban fighters and wound 30 others.
July 26 Kandahar Province: four police officers killed
The Taliban attacked a police checkpoint in Maiwand District, killing four police officers. Local authorities claimed that seven Taliban fighters were also killed in the clash.
July 26 Badakhshan Province: one police officer killed
The Taliban ambushed a local police unit in the Gharsepan area of Shuhada District, taking prisoner the unit’s commander Qurban Mohammad, who was later killed by insurgents.
Reporting was contributed by the following New York Times reporters: Jawad Sukhanyar and Fatima Faizi from Kabul, Najim Rahim from Mazar-e-Sharif, Taimoor Shah from Kandahar, Asadullah Timory from Herat and Farooq Jan Mangal from Khost.