Afghan War Casualty Report: September 2019

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 179 pro-government forces and 110 civilians were killed in Afghanistan during the past week, as American and Taliban negotiators finalized the details of a preliminary peace agreement. The deadliest attack took place in the Green Village, a fortified compound of foreign nationals in Kabul, where a bomb exploded, killing up to 30 people and wounding at least 100 more. The Taliban later claimed responsibility for the attack. Elsewhere, 35 Afghan security forces, were killed in the Zarih District of Balkh Province after the Taliban stormed the area. The insurgents, however, were unable to capture the district. Earlier in the week, another 20 Afghan security forces were killed in Kunduz City for the third time in four years.

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

Sept. 5 Wardak Province: one civilian killed

Abdul Samad Amiri, the acting head of the Human Rights commission in Ghor Province, was kidnapped by the Taliban on his way to Kabul. His body was found in Jalriz District and transferred to Kabul.

Sept. 5 Logar Province: four civilians killed

A car bomb exploded on a main road in the Khader area of Pul-e-Alam, the provincial capital, killing four civilians and wounding 10 others.

Sept. 5 Kabul Province: 10 civilians killed

A car bomb exploded in Kabul’s Ninth Police District, killing 10 civilians and wounding 42 others. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Sept. 5 Herat Province: six security forces killed

The Taliban attacked Obeh District, where fighting continued for several hours, killing four soldiers and two local policemen, and wounding eight other security forces.

Sept. 5 Faryab Province: one territorial soldier killed

A territorial soldier was killed by a Taliban sniper in Pashtun Kot District.

Sept. 5 Nangarhar Province: four civilians killed

At around midnight, an Afghan Special Forces unit launched an operation in Jalalabad Citys Fourth Police District, killing four brothers from a single family. An investigative team will be sent to the province.

Sept. 5 Samangan Province: three soldiers killed

The Taliban attacked Dara-i-Suf Payin District, killing three soldiers and wounding two others before air support pushed the insurgents out of the district.

Sept. 4 Baghlan Province: three police officers killed

The Taliban attacked the Shar-E-Kohna area of Baghlan Markazi District, killing three police officers before being pushed out of the area.

Sept. 4 Kunduz Province: one police officer killed

A police officer on his way to a local check post was killed by the Taliban in the Khan Abad District of Kunduz.

Sept. 4 Kandahar Province: one police officer killed

A police officer on duty was killed by two unknown armed men in PD9 area of Kandahar. The attackers managed to escape.

Sept. 4 Oruzgan Province: four police officers killed

Four soldiers were killed and eight others were wounded when the Taliban used two Humvees to attack police headquarters in the Khas Oruzgan District, where fighting continued for several hours. Afghan Special forces successfully repelled the insurgents.

Sept. 4 Badghis Province: one police officer killed

The Taliban attacked an outpost in Qades District, killing one police officer and wounding three others. The insurgents were unable to capture the district.

Sept. 3 Paktia Province: two police officers killed

A group of Taliban fighters attacked a check post of Afghan police forces in Ahmad Abad District. A vehicle carrying the local police chief struck a roadside bomb, killing the chief and his bodyguard and wounding two other security forces.

Sept. 3 Balkh Province: 35 security forces killed

The Taliban stormed Afghan forces in Zarih District, killing 35 soldiers, police officers and pro-government militia members. The Taliban was unable to capture the district.

Sept. 3 Herat Province: two police officers killed

The Taliban attacked a police outpost in Shindand District, where fighting continued for four hours. Two police officers were killed and one other was wounded.

Sept. 3 Badghis Province: five security forces killed

Five members of the territorial army were killed and two others wounded in a Taliban attack in Qala-e-Naw, the provincial capital.

Sept. 3 Takhar Province: 11 pro-government militia members killed

The Taliban ambushed pro-government militias in the Beshkapa area of Yangi Qala District, killing 11 militia members, including their commander, before taking their weapons and fleeing the area.

Sept. 2 Kunduz Province: four police officers killed

A child suicide bomber targeted Afghan security forces in Kunduz City, killing four police officers and wounding 19 others, including 11 civilians.

Sept. 2 Kabul Province: 30 civilians killed

A truck bomb exploded near Green Village, a large compound that provides housing to foreign contractors and nongovernment organizations. Exact casualty figures remained unclear, but initial government information suggests the death toll could exceed 30, with over 100 people wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Sept. 2 Kunduz Province: 10 security forces killed

The Taliban attacked and captured three local police outposts and one national police outpost in the Turkmen Ha village of Dasht-e-Archi District, where the clash continued for six hours. Five pro-government militia members and five local police forces were killed, while 17 others were wounded, among them the district’s governor and director of the National Directorate of Security.

Sept. 2 Kunduz Province: one soldier killed

The Taliban attack a security outpost in Imam Sahib District, killing one soldier and wounding three local policemen.

Sept. 1 Baghlan: 36 security forces and civilians killed

Over several days of fighting, 25 Afghan security forces and 11 civilians were killed after the Taliban attacked Pul-i-Kumri, the provincial capital, from two directions. Another 29 security forces and 56 civilians were injured in the fighting. The militants entered homes, killing local Afghans they accused of conspiring against them, said a former police chief who commands a local pro-government militia. Local officials said Taliban fighters entered sections of the city as police officers and militiamen fought to hold them off.

Sept. 1 Faryab Province: three children killed

An Afghan army convoy was ambushed by the Taliban in Khwaja Sabz Posh District. During the clash two Afghan security forces were wounded, while three children were killed and two others wounded by a Taliban rocket.

Sept. 1 Takhar Province: two pro-government militia members killed

A fight between the Taliban and Afghan security forces broke out in the Dasht-e-Qala District. The Taliban were eventually pushed back. Later, American airstrikes killed two pro-government militia members and wounded seven others.

Sept. 1 Laghman Province: seven civilians killed

A Taliban mortar hit a civilian house in Alishang District, killing seven members of a family and wounding six others.

Sept. 1 Ghor Province: four civilians killed

Multiple bombs detonated in Firouz Koh City, the provincial capital, killing four civilians and wounding seven others. Local officials believe the bombs were planted the Taliban.

Sept. 1 Faryab Province: three soldiers and 13 civilians killed

The Taliban attacked Gorziwan District, killing three soldiers and wounding two others. Later, jets bombed a house, killing 13 civilians.

Sept. 1 Badakhshan Province: one pro-government militia commander killed

A mine planted in the Chaman-e-Mukhabarat area of Faizabad detonated, wounding a civilian and killing a pro-government militia commander.

Sept. 1 Farah Province: six civilians killed

A roadside bomb exploded in Anardara District as family members of the local police chief were heading from the district center to their home. Six people were killed, including women and children.

Sept. 1 Faryab Province: 12 civilians killed

Fighting broke out between Afghan forces and the Taliban in Gorziwan District and continued for hours. American air support responded, bombing three houses in the district and killing 12 civilians.

Aug. 31 Zabul Province: one police officer killed

Taliban attacked police security check posts in the Attghar District, where fighting continued until four in the morning. One policeman was killed, two soldiers were injured, and, according to officials, 31 Taliban fighters were killed.

Aug. 31 Kunduz Province: 20 security forces and five civilians killed

The Taliban attacked Kunduz City from multiple directions, killing 10 security forces. The evening security news conference was then targeted in a suicide attack, killing 10 more security forces, including the Kunduz police spokesman and five civilians. Among those killed was Col. Sayed Sarwar Hussaini, the spokesman for the local police.

Aug. 31 Logar Province: 10 security forces killed

A group of Taliban fighters attacked an Afghan army checkpoint in the Kesham area of Muhammad Agha District, killing 10 soldiers.

Aug. 30 Badghis Province: three security forces killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost in the Laman village of Qala-e-Naw District, the provincial capital. Two police officers and one soldier were killed, while 14 more security forces were wounded during the clash.

Aug. 30 Logar Province: four police officers killed

A pickup truck carrying police forces on patrol in the Mes Ainak area of Muhammad Agha District was hit by roadside bomb, killing four policemen and destroying their vehicle.

Aug. 30 Takhar Province: 12 soldiers killed

The Taliban attacked and captured a military base in Darqad District, killing 12 soldiers and wounding 11 others.

Aug. 30 Takhar Province: five security forces killed

The Taliban attacked Ambar Koh base in Baharak District, where fighting continued for three hours. During the clash, eight police were killed and four others were wounded, and the Taliban captured the base.


Reporting was contributed by the following New York Times reporters: Mujib Mashal and Jawad Sukhanyar from Kabul, Asadullah Timory from Herat, Zabihullah Ghazi from Jalalabad, Farooq Jan Mangal from Khost, Timoor Shah from Kandahar and Najim Rahim from Kunduz.

Source: NYT

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