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Afghan War Casualty Report: Feb. 15-21


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 52 pro-government forces and 14 civilians were killed in Afghanistan during the past week. The casualties of pro-government forces and civilians decreased, likely because of the cold weather and heavy snowfall in some parts of the country. The deadliest attack took place in Kandahar Province, close to the Pakistani border, where the Taliban attacked a military base of border forces and wiped out the entire unit. The Taliban detonated a Humvee packed with explosives in front of the compound entrance, then a group of insurgents entered, killing all those who survived the initial explosion.

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

Feb. 19 Faryab Province: two pro-government militia members killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost in the Ghojur Abad village of Andkhoy District, killing two pro-government militia members in one hour of fighting.

Feb. 19 Nangarhar Province: eight pro-government militia members killed

At least eight pro-government militia members were killed in clashes between the Taliban and the militias in the Lacha Por area of Batekot District. Local authorities claimed that the Taliban also suffered heavy casualties in the fighting.

Feb. 19 Laghman Province: six civilians killed

A civilian vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the Sorkhakan area of Qarghayo District, killing six civilians who were traveling in the vehicle.

Feb. 16 Ghazni Province: one civilian killed

One civilian was killed and three others were wounded in a roadside explosion in Ghazni City, the provincial capital. The bomb was placed by insurgents to target security forces.

Feb. 16 Faryab Province: two pro-government militia members killed

The Taliban attacked the center of Gorziwan District from four sides, but they were pushed back by security forces. Two pro-government militia members were killed and two others were wounded in three hours of fighting. Local authorities claimed that two Taliban members were killed and four others were wounded in the clashes.

Feb. 16 Balkh Province: seven police officers killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost that was providing security for the gas pipeline in the Sar Asiab village of Chimtal District. Seven police officers, including their commander, were killed. Three police officers were also wounded in the fighting, which continued for two hours. The insurgents left the area after reinforcements arrived.

Feb. 16 Badakhshan Province: one civilian killed

The Taliban shot and killed one civilian who was working with the government in the Chapchi village of Baharak District.

Feb. 16 Kandahar Province: three civilians killed

A rickshaw hit a roadside bomb placed by the Taliban in the Mandihisar area of Daman District, killing two men and a child.

Feb. 16 Faryab Province: one civilian killed

A rocket fired by the Taliban hit a house in Dawlat Abad District, killing a woman and wounding four other civilians.

Feb. 16 Faryab Province: one civilian killed

A 14-year-old shepherd was killed after stepping on a roadside bomb placed by insurgents in Dawlat Abad District.

Feb. 15 Kunduz Province: one civilian killed

The Taliban attacked Mohammad Rahim Kohdamani, the commander of the Afghan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP) Eighth Regiment, while he was picnicking with his family in the Dasht-e-Abdan area of Kunduz City, the provincial capital. During the attack, Kohdamani’s adult son was shot and killed by insurgents.

Feb. 15 Kandahar Province: 32 soldiers killed

The Taliban attacked a military base of border forces in the Chahan Sorkh area of Spin Boldak District, wiping out the entire unit of 32 soldiers. The Taliban detonated a Humvee packed with explosives in front of the compound entrance. A group of insurgents then entered the base, killing all those who survived the initial explosion.

[‘No One Survived.’ A Taliban Attack Kills 32 at Remote Afghan Post.]

Feb. 15 Takhar Province: one commando killed

One commando was killed in a military operation in Dasht-e-Qala District during clashes with the Taliban.


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 and Zabihullah Ghazi from Jalalabad.



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