Afghanistan: Reported US covert actions 2018

The timeline below contains information on all US air attacks on Afghanistan recorded by the Bureau in 2018. It is updated with the latest US air attacks. We also log Afghan Air Force attacks when they are reported. The Bureau collects information on the US and Afghan strikes and the people they kill from local and international media reports – including the Bureau’s own field investigations – as well as academics and NGOs that cite US, Afghan and Pakistani civil, military and intelligence officials, and witnesses and local people in the affected areas.

Please note that our data changes according to our current understanding of particular strikes. The information below represents our present best estimate.

Background

US aircraft have been bombing Afghanistan since late 2001 and the airstrikes have continued into the Trump administration. Up until December 2014 the US was operating in concert with its allies in the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force. Now it is just the US, and the Afghans, flying strike missions in the country.

The Bureau began tracking the strikes from January 1 2015 onwards, when the US and Nato’s combat mission in Afghanistan came to an end. The Afghan military and police took the lead in fighting the Taliban with the US and its international partners moving into a non-combat “train, advise, assist” role, supporting local forces.

US air forces are still flying combat missions however. There are three targeting authorities that govern the kind of strikes the US can conduct in Afghanistan.

Force protection strikes are intended to protect friendly ground forces who are under attack, or are about to be attacked. From January 1 2015 the US was supposed to stop deliberately going after the Taliban, leaving that to the Afghans. But in June 2016, with the Taliban pushing the Afghan forces to breaking point, the US went on the offensive against the Taliban, under “strategic effect” strikes.

The third authority governs the US’s counter-terrorism strikes, part of its offensive operations against al Qaeda and, since January 2016, Afghanistan’s Islamic State offshoot.

Full data

The Bureau publishes a narrative timeline of US strikes in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen each year. Links for all other timelines can be found here.

We also publish spreadsheets detailing casualty numbers in each country. You can download the entire Afghanistan sheet here.

Reported US strikes, Afghanistan 2018
Strikes recorded by the Bureau
Total reported strikes 204-205
Total reported killed 621-723
Civilians reported killed 0-26
Children reported killed 0-11
Total reported injured 49-82
US Air Force reported air operations, Afghanistan 2018
Total Close Air Support (CAS) sorties with at least one weapon release 412
Total CAS sorties 3649
Total weapons released 2911

Strikes

AFG496 link

19 September 2018

  • 4 reported killed

Four members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in a US drone strike in Nangarhar province, Major Mohammad Haroon Yousafzai told Pajhwok News.

Major Yousafzai, a spokesperson for 201 Selab Military Corps (part of the Afghan army), said the night-time strike hit a hideout belonging to the group, destroying it and some weapons.

A Xinhua report said the strike took place in Deh Bala district. This is a another name for Haska Mena district.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Gurgorai area, Haska Mena district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Pajhwok, Xinhua

AFG495 link

16 September 2018

  • 3 reported killed

Three members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in a US drone strike in Kunar's Watapur district, Police Spokesperson Faridullah Dehqan told Pajhwok News.

The group’s commander was reportedly among the dead. The official is most likely referring to a unit commander, and not the commander of the whole group.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Gondel area, Watapur district, Kunar province
  • References: Pajhwok

AFG494Ci link

13 September 2018

  • 7 reported killed

At least seven key Taliban members, including the group's spy chief for southeastern Afghanistan, were killed in a strike in Paktia province, Khaama Press reported.

Their information came from the provincial government's media office, but it was unclear whether the strike was carried out by Afghan or US forces. The date of the strike was also not clear, although it was reported on September 13.

The media office's statement said the group were killed as they were "travelling in a vehicle to plan future terrorist activities".

The alleged spy chief killed was identified as Zainatullah, also known as Farhad. Others reported killed were named as Gul Rahman (also known as Anas), Habibullah (also known as Edris), and Borhan.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Paktia province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG494C link

11 September 2018

Ground operations and air strikes in Paktia's Zurmat district killed at least 35 fighters, according to Khaama Press, but it was unclear whether the strikes were carried out by US or Afghan forces. A further 60 were reportedly injured in the operations.

The strikes were reported alongside another attack in a statement from the provincial government's media office.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strikes
  • Location: Zurmat district, Paktia province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG494 link

10 September 2018

  • 30 reported killed

The US carried out two strikes against Taliban leaders and fighters assembled at adjacent compounds in Ghazni's Nawah district, according to a statement accompanying a video of the strikes posted by Resolute Support on DVIDS.

The "double-structure strike" killed 30 members of the Taliban, it said.

Strikes kill dozens of Taliban fighters in Ghazni

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - U.S. Forces in Afghanistan conducted two kinetic strikes against Taliban leaders and fighters assembled at adjacent compounds in Nawah district, Ghazni province, Afghanistan, September 10, 2018. The double-structure strike resulted in 30 Taliban killed. PUBLIC DOMAIN

AFG493C link

9 September 2018

  • 6 reported killed
  • 3 reported injured

The Taliban's chief for Baghlan province's Borka district was killed in an air strike, according to Major Ghulam Hazrat Karimi, a spokesperson for a division of the Afghan army. However, it was unclear whether Afghan or US forces carried out the strike.

The strike reportedly hit a vehicle killing six Taliban fighters and injuring a further three. The Taliban district chief allegedly among the dead. He was was named as Qari Saifuddin, also known as Huzaifa.

The date of the strike was not clear, although it was reported on September 9.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Mangalo area, Baghlan e Markazi district, Baghlan province
  • References: Afghan Islamic Press via BBC Monitoring

AFG493 link

9 September 2018

  • Unknown

A compound containing a large weapons and explosives cache was discovered by Afghan forces in Helmand's Nad Ali district. The US Marines' Task Force Southwest conducted a strike to destroy the compound. The strike is shown in a video posted on DVIDS by Resolute Support.

The site was hit by a ground-based rocket artillery strike using the HIMARS, described by the Long War Journal as a "truck mounted multiple launch rocket platform".

The statement accompanying the video said, "In support of ANDSF manoeuvre, Task Force Southwest conducted a strike on the compound with HIMARS to safely and completely eliminate the hazardous material from the battlespace, degrading the Taliban's ability to conduct combat operations in central Helmand."

No casualties estimates were provided.

TFSW Nad 'Ali HIMARS Strike

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Sept. 9, 2018)- Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) conducted operations in Nad 'Ali District and discovered a compound containing a large weapons and explosives cache. In support of ANDSF maneuver, Task Force Southwest conducted a strike on the compound with HIMARS to safely and completely eliminate the hazardous material from the battlespace, degrading the Taliban's ability to conduct combat operations in central Helmand.

AFG492 link

8 September 2018

  • Unknown

A video posted on DVIDS by Resolute Support showed a strike hitting what was described as a "HME storage site" in Wardak province on September 8. HME likely stands for homemade explosives.

While the video did not say whether the strike had been carried out by US and not Afghan forces, it is mainly strikes by the former that are posted on the site. We have reached out to Resolute Support to confirm this.

No additional details were given.

Strike Video

WARDAK PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Sept. 8, 2018)

AFG491Ci link

6 September 2018

  • 13 reported killed
  • 4 reported injured

A strike in Faryab province hit the compound of a Taliban leader, according to 209th Shaheen Corps (part of the Afghan army), as reported by Khaama Press. However, it was unclear whether the strike was carried out by US or Afghan forces.

The strike reportedly killed at least 13 members of the group and injured a further four. It was unclear if the alleged Taliban leader, named as Qari Rahmatullah, was among the dead.

It was not clear when the strike took place, although it was reported on September 6.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Sayad Koh area, Sherin Tagab district, Faryab province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG491C link

1 September 2018

  • 30 reported killed
  • 22 reported injured

A US strike in Paktia province killed over 30 militants and injured a further 22, according to a statement from the 203rd Thunder Corps (part of the Afghan army) as reported by Khaama Press.

It was not clear when the strikes took place (it was reported on 1 September), or which group the alleged militants belonged to.

The sourcing is too vague to include this in our database of confirmed US strikes as yet.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Zargul area, Syedabad district, Paktia province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG491 link

31 August 2018

  • 4 reported killed

A "foreign force" air strike killed four Taliban members in Parwan province, local officials told TOLO News.

The strike prevented the insurgents from launching an attack on Bagram airbase, the officials reportedly said.

The strike was confirmed by Wahida Shahkar Parwan, the provincial governor’s spokesperson.

The US is the only country known to be carrying out strike missions in Afghanistan, aside from the Afghan Air Force.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Parwan province
  • References: TOLO News

AFG490CV link

31 August 2018

  • 4 reported killed
  • 6 reported injured

A US strike killed at least four fighters and injured a further six in Paktia province, according to Khaama Press.

Their information came from the 203rd Thunder Corps, which is part of the Afghan army. However, this does not meet our methodology's sourcing standards, which you can read more about here.

This strike will therefor be included here as a possible US strike, unless more information comes to light.

It was not clear when the strike took place, but it was reported on August 31.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Kohsin area, Syed Karam district, Paktia province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG490CIV link

29 August 2018

  • 7 reported killed

A series of US drone strikes targeted hideouts belonging to Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State in Nangarhar province, according to Khaama Press.

The strikes reportedly killed at least seven members of the group.

Their information came from the 201st Silab Corps, which is of the Afghan army. However, we only record strikes in our database when they are reported by a named or unnamed US official, named Afghan officials, or anonymous sources from either country combined with one other kind of source, such as a local resident. These strikes are therefor included here as possible US strikes for now.

It was not clear when the strikes took place, but they were reported by Khaama Press on August 29.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strikes
  • Location: Wazir Tangi area, Khogyani district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG490Ciii link

28 August 2018

  • 3 reported killed
  • 0-1 civilians reported injured

A US strike killed the Taliban's shadow district governor for Kapisa province, local officials told TOLO News.

Qari Yousuf was reportedly killed alongside two other insurgents. A local police official said a woman was also injured in the strike.

However, we cannot include this strike in our database as we require Afghan officials to be named as part of our methodology. You can read more about our methodology here.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Alasay district, Kapisa province
  • References: TOLO News

AFG490Cii link

27 August 2018

An air strike killed 73 Taliban members and injured a further 31 while defending a convoy of Afghan soldiers attacked while exiting the district of Ghormach in Faryab province, according to Pajhwok News.

It was not entirely clear what happened from the reporting, with the mention of both Afghan and Nato air forces being involved, yet only one strike reported.

In the attack, four members of the Afghan security forces were reportedly killed and seven others injured.

Mullah Sherin Gul, reportedly the Taliban’s shadow chief for the district the convoy was heading to (Qaisar district), is believed to have been killed. Six other Taliban commanders were also reportedly killed, named as: Mullah Shah Wali, Mullah Qayyum, Mullah Ibrahim, Qari Surgul, Mualvi Jan Mohammad and Mualvi Noor Mohammad.

We will record this here as a possible US strike due to the confusion in the reporting.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Ghormach district, Faryab province
  • References: Pajhwok


AFG490Ci link

27 August 2018

  • 28 reported killed
  • 8 reported injured

Strikes carried out in Ghazni province killed at least 28 fighters and injured a further eight, according to Khaama Press, but it was not clear whether the strikes were carried out by Afghan or US forces.

The strikes reportedly hit the districts of Moqor and Gilan, destroying three vehicles captured by the fighters.

Khaama Press' information came the 203rd Thunder Corps, which is part of the Afghan military.

The date of the strikes was not clear, but they were reported on August 27.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Kunar province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG490C link

26 August 2018

  • 3 reported killed
  • 3 reported injured

A US strike killed at least three Taliban fighters and left a further three injured in Paktia province, according to Khaama Press. The evening strike was reportedly carried out close to the province's Zurmat district.

Khaama Press' information came from a statement from the province's media office. However, this does not meet our methodology's sourcing standards, which you can read more about here. This strike will therefor be included here as a possible US strike, unless more information comes to light.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Kunar province
  • References: Khaama Press

Russia, Tajikistan deny strikes in Afghanistan's Takhar province link

26 August 2018

Russia and Tajikistan have denied being behind strikes Afghan officials say were carried out by Russian or Tajik aircraft in Takhar province, which borders Tajikistan.

It seems clashes broke out between drug smugglers and Tajik and Afghan border guards or Tajik forestry officials, during which a strike was carried out.

Khalil Asir, a spokesperson for Takhar's provincial police, said eight Taliban were killed and six wounded in the strikes, after a clash in which two Tajik border guards were killed.

The New York Times said the airstrike took place in a heavily forested area that is claimed by both Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

Lieutenant Colonel Martin O'Donnell, a US military spokesperson, said the US military did not conduct any air raids in the area.

References: Al Jazeera, The New York Times

AFG490 link

25 August 2018

  • 10-11 reported killed

The leader of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State has been killed in a US drone strike, US and Afghan officials have said.

Abu Saad Erhabi, also known as Abu Saad Orakzai, was reportedly killed alongside at least nine other members in Nangarhar province. VOA said the nine were his commanders, while BBC reported ten other members were killed.

Lieutenant Colonel Martin O'Donnell, a US military spokesperson, confirmed US forces conducted a counter-terrorism strike on August 25 that "targeted a senior leader of a designated terrorist organization." He stopped short of confirming Erhabi's death. However, the US officially confirmed his death on September 2.

Afghan Presidential Spokesperson Shahussain Murtazawi tweeted the strike dealt a "major blow to Daesh [Islamic State] in Afghanistan"

The NDS, Afghanistan's intelligence agency, said Erhabi was killed in a joint air and ground operation, as did Attaullah Khogyani, the provincial governor’s spokesperson.

Afghan and US forces have led an intensified campaign to bring an end to Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State.

Erhabi has been leader of the group following the death of his predecessor Abu Sayed, who was killed in a strike in July 2017. In August that year, Abdul Rahman was also killed in a strike - tipped to be Abu Sayed's replacement. Abu Sayed was chosen to lead the group after Abdul Hasib, the previous leader, was killed in a joint raid by US and Afghan forces in April 2017. He had replaced Hafiz Sayed Khan who was killed in a US drone strike in July 2016.

AFG489Cii link

23 August 2018

  • 5 reported killed

At least five members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in US drone strikes in Kunar province, according to a statement from the 201st Silab Military Corps (part of the Afghan army) as reported by Khaama Press.

The strikes reportedly hit the group's hideouts in the province's Narang and Manogi districts.

We only record strikes in our database when they are reported by a named or unnamed US official, named Afghan officials, or anonymous sources from either country combined with one other kind of source, such as a local resident. These strikes are therefor included here as possible US strikes.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Narang and Manogi districts, Kunar province
  • References: Pajhwok

AFG489Ci link

21 August 2018

Three strikes carried out in Faryab province killed over 100 militants, including some senior Taliban leaders, the Afghan military has said, according to Khaama Press.

Mawlavi Matiullah, described as the military commission chief of the Taliban for the north, was reportedly among those killed. Other senior Taliban leaders allegedly killed have been identified as Mawlavi Abdul Baqi (also known as Omar), Commander Shirzad, and Mawlavi Jabar (also known as Bilal).

The strikes hit in the bordering region of Garziwan and Bulcharagh districts, the statement said.

It was not clear whether US or Afghan forces carried out the strikes, so we have recorded them here as possible US strikes. It was also not clear when they took place, but they were reported on August 21.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strikes
  • Location: Faryab province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG489C link

19 August 2018

The US carried out strikes in Nangarhar and Kunar provinces, according to Khaama Press.

Their information was based on the the 201st Silab Corps, which is part of the Afghan military. The Bureau only includes strikes from named Afghan sources so these will be included here as possible strikes.

The first strike reportedly killed three Taliban fighters and injured a further two in Nangarhar province's Sherzad district. A vehicle belonging to the group was also destroyed.

More strikes hit in Kunar province's Noor Gul district. They reportedly targeted Islamic State hideouts, leaving one member of the group dead. He was identified as Aminullah.

It was not clear when the strikes took place, but they were reported on August 19.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strikes
  • Location: Nangarhar and Kunar provinces
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG489 link

16 August 2018

  • 1 reported killed
  • 1 reported injured

A local militant commander was killed and another injured in a US drone strike in Laghman province, Sarhadi Zwak, the provincial governor's spokesperson, told Afghan Islamic Press.

The strike hit Tamin area of the province's Alisheng district.

It was not clear when the strike took place, but it was reported on August 16.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Tamin area, Alisheng district, Laghman district
  • References: Afghan Islamic Press via BBC monitoring

AFG488 link

16 August 2018

  • 27 reported killed
  • 7 reported injured

US strikes hit Helmand province's Nad Ali district, according to Omar Zwak, spokesperson for the provincial governor.

Taliban positions were targeted in the district's Chah Anjir area, leaving 13 members of the group dead, Zwak said, according to Afghan Islamic Press.

In Nad Ali's Triz Nawar area, at least 14 other alleged insurgents were killed and seven injured in a "similar raid", the official added.

Zwak said the insurgents had planned to carry out attacks on Afghan security outposts in the district.

It was not clear when the strikes took place, but they were reported on August 16.

Khaama Press also covered these strikes. In their reporting a further strike was mentioned as having taken place in Nahr Siraj district last week, killing 19 militants. However, the sourcing was too vague to include it in our database.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strikes
  • Location: Nad Ali district, Helmand province
  • References: Afghan Islamic Press via BBC monitoring, Khaama Press

AFG487Cii link

15 August 2018

  • 3 reported killed

At least three militants were killed in a US strike in Khost province, according to a statement from the 203rd Thunder Corps (part of the Afghan army) as reported by Khaama Press.

There were no details on what group those killed allegedly belonged to, the exact location or the date of the strike (we have recorded it on August 15 as that is when it was reported by Khaama).

It will be recorded here as a possible US strike as the sourcing does not meet the standards of our methodology.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Khost province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG487Ci link

14 August 2018

  • 1 reported killed

US forces carried out a strike Nangarhar's Deh Bala district killing one member of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State, according to Khaama Press.

Their information came from a statement from the 201st Silab Corps, which is part of the Afghan army. The Bureau only includes strikes from named Afghan officials in our database of confirmed US strikes. This strike will therefor be recorded here as a possible US strike.

It was not clear when the strike occurred, but it was reported on August 14.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Deh Bala district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG487C link

14 August 2018

A family from Ghazni have said that 16 relatives were killed in strikes by government forces during the battle for the city, according to TOLO News.

The details of the incident are unclear from the quotes, both attributed to unnamed residents.

“Sixteen members of our family have been martyred in the airstrikes. Why did the aircrafts not bomb their targets during the day? Why did they do this at night and target people’s houses?” one resident told TOLO News.

“The airstrikes started at 10pm at night. We tried to find a safe place. They hit my house. I saved myself and my son from inside, from the dust. My wife was wounded on her leg. There were 20 children in our house. They were all with me until dawn when the aircrafts left. Taliban were roaming confidently in our area when I went out of the house," another resident said, whose house TOLO reported had also been hit in the strikes.

Ghazni Governor Wahidullah Kalimzai responded to TOLO, saying: “The search operation is still ongoing. The team is working to assess casualties. We have not received such a report so far. I hope that it has not happened. We don’t have reports on civilian casualties due to airstrikes by government or coalition forces. I hope that the incident is not true and civilians and the poor people are not affected.”

We reached out to Resolute Support, despite claims it was an Afghan Air Force strike. A US spokesperson responded with the following:

Although we have monitored articles like the one at link below [TOLO news article on the incident], no proof has been brought to our attention yet. Therefore, we are unable to verify the veracity of the claims at present. That said, we take all allegations of civilian casualties seriously. Should there be an update, we will provide it.We will update this post when more information comes to light.

We have responded with further questions, and will update this post when we receive a response.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Khoshal Mina, Ghazni City, Ghazni province
  • References: TOLO News, Resolute Support via email

AFG487 link

13 August 2018

  • 220 reported killed

US forces carried out a total of 32 airstrikes between August 10-13 as part of efforts to end a Taliban offensive on Ghazni, according to a US military statement released on August 17.

The strikes killed over 220 Taliban fighters, it said.

US Spokesperson Lt Col O'Donnell said US forces carried out an initial strike on August 10. A further five strikes were then carried out on August 11, with 16 on August 12, and ten on August 13. We had recorded two for August 10.

This upped a figure provided on August 13. The US military had said there had been two dozen air strikes launched over the past few days killing more than 140 Taliban fighters.

Taliban fighters attempted to overrun the provincial capital of Ghazni on August 10. The fighting has been intense, with over a hundred Afghan police officers and soldiers killed in just a few days.

Structure Strike-Ghazni

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan (August 13, 2018) -- Afghan National Defense Security Forces repeatedly took fire from Taliban fighters who ran out of the building, fired at the soldiers and then returned to the safety of the structure. In self-defense, the Afghan National Defense Security Forces requested an airstrike.

AFG486C link

12 August 2018

  • 4 reported killed

A key Taliban commander was killed and three of his guards injured in a drone strike on a Taliban hideout in Laghman province, according to a statement from the 201 Silab Corps (part of the Afghan army) reported by Xinhua.

The statement said the strike was carried out early on August 12 following a tip off.

The US is the only country known to be flying armed drones.

We only record strikes in our database when they are reported by a named or unnamed US official, named Afghan officials, or anonymous sources from either country combined with one other kind of source, such as a local resident. This strike is therefor included here as a possible US strike.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Laghman province
  • References: Xinhua

AFG486 link

10 August 2018

Taliban fighters attempted to overrun the provincial capital of Ghazni overnight. Officials said the insurgents entered the city from two directions and opened fire on all security checkpoints.

During the battle the US provided air support. A statement from the US military said fighting had ceased by 8am and Afghan forces had held their ground and maintained control of all government centres.

“US forces responded with close-air support (US attack helicopters) and conducted one strike (drone). In addition, US aircraft conducted a show of presence,” Lt Col Martin O’Donnell, the spokesman for US Forces-Afghanistan, said in a statement emailed to the Guardian.

The Afghan air force did not carry out strikes in order to prevent civilian casualties, according to Mr. Noori, the governor’s spokesperson.

Some officials have said at least 14 police officers were killed in the attack. Ghazni's health director told the BBC that at least 16 people have died and 40 have been taken to hospital, with most of the casualties security forces personnel. One official said he had seen around 30 bodies of Taliban members on the street. It is unclear how many of these casualties were caused by the US air support.

We have recorded one to two strikes in our database. We had at first recorded two strikes - one referring to the use of attack helicopters and the second for the drone strike - but a later statement from a US military spokesperson said just one strike had occurred on August 10. We however included a range as some databases, such as the Air Power Summaries, do not include strikes by US army helicopters.

AFG485 link

7 August 2018

  • 0-17 reportedly killed
  • 0-15 reportedly injured
  • Friendly-fire incident

Afghan officials said a US strike killed members of the Afghan police force. But while the US does not deny carrying out the strike, it said it determined no Afghan security force members were killed.

“Following a review of footage from the strike conducted by US Forces-Afghanistan in support of Afghan operations and in defense of Afghan forces in Azra district, Logar province, August 7, we have determined that no Afghan security force members were killed,” Lt. Col. Martin L. O’Donnell, a spokesperson for the US military said.

“The footage clearly depicts an attack on an Afghan security force observation post by a group of fighting-aged males using multiple heavy weapons and tactics, techniques and procedures employed by the Taliban from an open position on a ridgeline above the observation post,” the spokesperson added.

This contradicts many Afghan officials. The New York Times provided a list of officials who agreed that members of the police force were among the victims. This included Shamshad Larawai, the spokesman for the governor of Logar Province; the Azra District governor, Hamidullah; Mr. Gul, the local police commander at the scene; a provincial councilman, Abdul Wali, who is from Azra; and Nasrat Rahimi, the deputy spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior.

"Anyone who denies any police were killed are liars and rumormongers,” Mr. Gul said in an interview on Wednesday. “Definitely American forces bombed our front line and 12 police were killed here and five more were killed on another outpost. They bombed our lines instead of the Taliban’s lines.”

Local officials have said that during heavy fighting in Logar province's Azra district, police called in air support but their positions were mistakenly hit. The Afghan Interior Ministry Spokesperson Nasrat Rahimi said the incident occurred during the hours-long overnight battle against insurgents. Abdul Wali Wakeel, a member of the provincial council, told Pajhwok that the Taliban had staged a coordinated attack from different directions on Azra, which reportedly shares a border with Nangarhar. He said the insurgents were closing in on the district centre amid fierce gun-battles.

In the NYT article published on August 10, the death toll had reached 17. But earlier estimates differed. Hamidullah Hamid, provincial council chief, told AFP "foreign forces" hit two police checkpoints and killed "about 15 police". Rahimi said nine police were killed and 14 or 15 wounded (he is quoted giving different figures in the reporting). He said 30 insurgents were also killed. However, Maj. Mohammad Farooq, a spokesperson for a division of the Afghan army, said three police had died. Gen. Abdul Raziq said that a group of local police and uprisers had been hit.

It is unclear how the conclusions of the US military and Afghan officials differ so greatly. The US military said their determination was supported “by firsthand accounts from Afghan security force leaders and members present during the incident, who confirmed those firing upon them were Taliban members.”

The New York Times said no official has emerged to to publicly state that the airstrikes did not kill police officers, although some claimed that Taliban fighters were killed as well.

AFG484CVI link

4 August 2018

  • 0-6 reported killed
  • 0-7 reported injured

At least six militants were killed and seven others injured during operations and a strike, according to a statement from 20th Pamir Division (part of the Afghan army) reported in Khaama Press.

It was unclear whether US or Afghan forces carried out the strike, or how many of the casualties resulted from the strike alone. The date was also not given, but it was reported on August 4.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strikes
  • Location: Khwajah Ghar district, Takhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG484CV link

2 August 2018

  • 6 reported killed

US forces carried out a series of strikes in the provinces of Kunar and Nangarhar, according to a statement from the 201st Silab Corp (part of the Afghan army).

The strikes, reported in Khaama Press, could not be added to our database due to the sourcing. The Bureau only includes strikes from named Afghan sources.

The reported drone strikes in Nangarhar province hit two areas in Deh Bala district and are believed to have killed at least six members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State.

It was not clear when they occurred, but Khaama Press reported them on August 2.

The strikes in Kunar are added into the entry below.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strikes
  • Location: Milwa and Gorgori areas, Deh Bala district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG484CIV link

2 August 2018

  • 1 reported killed

US forces carried out a series of strikes in the provinces of Kunar and Nangarhar, according to a statement from the 201st Silab Corp (part of the Afghan army).

The strikes, reported in Khaama Press, could not be added to our database due to the sourcing. The Bureau only includes strikes from named Afghan sources.

The reported drone strikes in Kunar province hit Watapur district and targeted Taliban fighters. A Taliban member identified as Masiullah was reportedly killed.

It was not clear when they occurred, but Khaama Press reported them on August 2.

The strikes in Nangarhar are added into the entry above.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strikes
  • Location: Watapur district, Kunar province
  • References: Khaama Press

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1 August 2018

  • 6 reported killed

US drone strikes killed a Taliban "Red Unit" commander and five of his security guards while they were travelling in a vehicle, according to Khaama Press.

Their information came from a statement from the 201st Silab Corps, a division of the Afghan army. We record strikes in our database from named Afghan officials so this will be recorded as a possible strike.

The "Red Unit" is the Taliban's "special forces" branch.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Pechghan Valley, Nejrab district, Kapisa province
  • References: Khaama Press

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27 July 2018

An unnamed official said a "foreign forces" air strike killed one member of the police and injured another, but a police spokesperson said they died in a clash and not a strike.

The official said strikes hit checkpoints that were believed to be coming under attack by the Taliban, but some Afghan police had not yet vacated these posts. Afghan forces had reportedly informed the "foreign forces" (the US is the only foreign country know to be carrying out strikes in Afghanistan) about gunfire in the district bazaar.

However Salim Jawed, spokesperson for the "public order police", said the casualties arose from a brief clash between them and the Afghan commando forces.

Due to the inconsistencies in the reporting, we have recorded this as a possible US strike.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Dashti Archi district, Kunduz province
  • References: Pajhwok

AFG484Ci link

27 July 2018

Pajhwok reported a number of strikes across Nangarhar, but it was unclear if Afghan or US forces carried out the strikes.

Two separate strikes were reported in Nazian and Achin districts. We already have two possible strikes in these districts recorded in the entry below.

A third strike took place in Haska Mena district, reportedly killing seven members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State.

It was not clear when the strikes were carried out but they were reported on July 27.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Nangarhar province
  • References: Pajhwok

AFG484C link

26 July 2018

  • 6 reported killed

Six militants were killed in an air strike in Paktia province, a police official has said, although it was unclear whether US or Afghan forces carried it out.

Police Spokesperson Sardar Wali Tabasum told Pajhwok that it was a joint operation with US and Afghan forces. Alongside the strike, several fighters were caught by security personnel.

It was not specified what group the fighters reportedly belonged to. Residents claimed that most of the individuals detained had no links to a militant group.

We will record this strike as a possible US strike.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Kohsin area, Syed Karam district, Paktia province
  • References: Pajhwok

AFG484 link

22 July 2018

  • 2 reported killed

The Taliban’s two top leaders in Kapisa province were killed by a US strike in support of an Afghan Special Forces raid in the province’s Tagab district on July 22, a Resolute Support press release stated.

“I can confirm that Mullah Nasim Mushfaq, Taliban shadow governor of Kapisa, and Qari Ehsanullah, Taliban district shadow governor of Tagab, were among those killed during the conduct of an Afghan-led operation,” said US Army Lt. Col. Martin L. O’Donnell, Resolute Support spokesperson.

“Mushfaq and Ehsanullah, two Taliban irreconcilables, were impediments to peace,” said O’Donnell. “Their removal delivers a critical blow to the Taliban network in the central region of Afghanistan, and opens an opportunity for reconciliation and a peaceful settlement.”

In a previous response, a US military spokesperson defined "Taliban irreconcilables" as "Taliban members who refuse to listen to the Afghan peoples' calls for them to take the courageous step towards peace and reconciliation."

The press release said the Taliban had confirmed the death of its two leaders.

A further 15 members of the group were killed in the ground raid and two others were detained, it added.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Tagab district, Kapisa province
  • References: Resolute Support press release via email

AFG483C link

20 July 2018

  • 4 reported killed

The US military carried out strikes in two districts in Nangarhar province, Khaama Press reported.

One of the strikes reportedly killed three members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State in Achin district's Bagh Dara area. The other strike targeted the group in Spin Zhai area in Nazian, killing one alleged member.

Khaama Press' source was a statement from the "provincial security commandment". The Bureau will include a strike in its database when it is reported by a named or unnamed US official, named Afghan officials, or anonymous sources from either country combined with one other kind of source, such as a local resident. These strikes is included here as a possible US strike.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Achin and Nazian district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG483 link

19 July 2018

  • 0-14 civilians reported killed, including 0-7 children
  • 0-2 children reported injured

A US investigation into reports of civilian casualties from a strike has found there was no substance to the allegations, contradicting reports from residents and some Afghan officials. Reports surfaced that 14 members of one family had been killed in a US strike in Kunduz's Chardara district.

An earlier statement from the US military confirmed that US forces had conducted strikes in support of Afghan-led ground operations but said that its on-the-ground assessment gave no indications that they had caused civilian casualties. They had however said they were investigating further.

Following the reports of the deaths, the UN mission in Afghanistan called the allegations "credible" and said their human rights team were following up on the reports. No further announcements have been made.

Eight of the dead were women and three were children, officials have said, killed when a strike hit the house they were in. The New York Times was later given a list by family members of the victims, which was verified by government officials and hospital staff. This list included five women, seven children aged 2 to 14, and two men (a father and an uncle to the children).

The local police chief said 12 civilians were killed. A further two children later included in the death toll as they were present in the house, but there bodies could not be found in the rubble, residents and relatives said. Another two children, aged three and five, were taken to hospital with serious wounds.

"There wasn’t a single armed person in those homes,” Hajji Sherin Agha, a local elder told the New York Times. A resident, who drove the tractor used to excavate the bombed house and pull out the bodies, said he lost his nephews, Farid and Zainullah.

The claims were at first refuted by both the US military and the Afghan side. A US military spokesperson said that while US forces did conduct strikes in Chardara, an "on-the-ground assessment of those strikes reveals no indications they caused civilian casualties”.

A US press release published six days later said an investigation was underway. However, this investigation concluded, with the US military announcing on August 10: “After carefully considering all relevant and reasonably available information, which included a review of the Afghan government’s report of findings, our investigation found no credible information to corroborate the allegations."

A spokesperson told New York Times that aerial video footage showed a single bomb dropped on two homes where the Taliban had been firing from for more than an hour, and the firing stopped as soon as the bomb was dropped.

The spokesperson also said no Afghans had come forward to document any civilian deaths. When informed about a list given to the NYT of the names of all 14 fatalities (the list was provided by family members and verified by government officials and the Kunduz hospital, where 12 of the dead were taken), Spokesperson Colonel O’Donnell said, “When we’re presented with any credible evidence, if something is provided to us we will take a look at it.”

On the Afghan side, Major Saifuddin Azizi of the 10th commando battalion, part of the Afghan army, had called the civilian casualty allegations "propaganda by the enemy"

But there were later shifts in government's position. The New York Times reports that the Kunduz governor's spokesperson denied the allegations at first, but later admitted that "during an explosion, the type of which is not clear, some Afghan civilians were killed and wounded."

Mohammad Radmanish, the spokesperson for the Afghan Ministry of Defence, said there had been an Afghan operation against terrorists, but added, “as you know, terrorists use civilians as shields”. He reportedly told Reuters that it was unclear whether the strike had been conducted by the Afghan airforce or US aircraft. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defence put out a statement that while providing no details, admitted civilian casualties.

Both the governor and the defence minister have said they have ordered Afghan forces to investigate the incident. The findings of these have not been announced as yet.

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17 July 2018

  • 14 reported killed
  • 4 reported injured

A least 14 members of an unspecified militant group were killed and four other injured in strikes in Chardara and Dashti Archi districts of Kunduz province, Khaama reported.

Their information came from a statement from the 209th Shaheen Corps, part of the Afghan army.

It was not clear whether Afghan or US forces carried out the strikes. The date they occurred was also not clear, but Khaama Press reported them on July 17.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Kunduz
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG482 link

15 July 2018

  • 12 reported killed
  • 1 reported injured

Twelve members of the Taliban have been killed in a strike by "foreign forces" in Kandahar's Maroof district, Police Spokesperson Zia Durrani told Pajhwok News.

The strike hit a pick-up truck carrying the insurgents in Kalawamado area of the district late on July 15, he said. The group's local commander was reportedly injured in the incident.

The US is the only country aside Afghanistan flying strike missions. We have recorded this as a confirmed US strike in our database.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Kalawamado area, Maroof district, Kandahar province
  • References:Pajhwok

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12 July 2018

  • 24 reported killed
  • 17 reported injured

An air strike hit a meeting of high level Taliban leaders in Ghazni province killing at least 24 members of the group and injuring a further 17, Khaama Press reported based on a statement from the Afghan Ministry of Defence.

Those attending the meeting reportedly included Mullah Amir Khan Mutaqi (described as the former Taliban defence minister), Mullah Shah Mohammad (Quetta Council member), Mullah Yousuf (described as the Taliban’s shadow governor for Ghazni) and Mullah Sayed Almas (described as the group’s shadow governor for Paktia province). Preliminary information received by the MoD indicates that Mutaqi, Mohammad and Yousuf sustained injuries.

It is not clear whether Afghan or US forces carried out the strike. We have recored it here as a possible US strike. The date it occurred was also not clear, but it was reported on July 12.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Langa Village, Nawa district, Ghazni province
  • References: Khaama Press

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12 July 2018

  • 0-37 reported killed
  • 0-11 civilians reported killed, included 0-3 children

Large scale casualties were reported from an operation in Paktia province's Zurmat district, with Pajhwok reporting the deaths of 20 civilians and 26 insurgents.

A resident told Pajhwok that eleven civilians, including three children and as many women, were killed in a strike on their home, while a further nine civilians were killed by government forces during ground operations.

In the reporting, it was unclear whether US or Afghan forces has carried out the strike, although TOLO reported high Taliban death toll from Afghan Air Force strikes in the province and mentioned Taliban claims of civilians casualties in relation to these. In an email to the Bureau, a US military spokesperson confirmed US forces did conduct strikes in support of Afghan ground operations in the area, but said that an assessment of those strikes "reveals no indications they caused civilian casualties".

The US spokesperson said they were however aware of claims of civilian casualties caused by Afghan forces. The Afghan president has directed relevant organisations to conduct a "serious and inclusive investigation", a press release from the Office of the President said.

Hakim Waziri, Zurmat district chief, also seemed to confirm civilian casualties in the operations, but said exact figures were not yet known. Provincial officials have said they investigating the allegations in relation to this.

We have recorded two US strikes in our database, as the US has confirmed more than one strike, but we are not sure how many. We have also included a range of 0-11 as the civilian death toll. This reflects the claim 11 civilians were killed in a strike and the US confirmation of strikes in the area.

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8 July 2018

  • 4-14 civilians reported killed

Residents, local officials and the Taliban have claimed an Afghan Air Force strike killed civilians in Logar province.

Provincial Council Chairman Hasibullah Stanikzai said four civilians were killed, including two children, one mosque was destroyed and some religious books damaged.

Residents reportedly blocked a highway to protest the deaths. Haji Gul, speaking on behalf of other protestors, told Pajhwok that several houses had also been destroyed. "We are staging this rally to ask the government to give the perpetrators severe punishment,” he said.

The airstrike targeted militants in Babos and Alowzai areas of Pul I Alam, the provincial capital. Stanikzai said the strike took place in the night, while Gul said the two areas were bombarded until 2pm.

Shamsahd Delawar, the Logar governor’s spokesperson, confirmed the strike and the casualties.

The Taliban's spokesperson wrote on twitter that 14 civilians had been killed and several others injured after "security and foreign forces" targeted civilian houses in Babos.

  • Type of strike: Afghan Air Force strike
  • Location: Babos and Alowzai areas, Pul I Alam, Logar province
  • References: Pajhwok

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7 July 2018

  • 4 reported killed

A US strike killed four members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State in Nangarhar province's Achin district, according to a provincial government media office statement reported by Khaama Press.

The statement said the strike hit a "hideout" of the group, destroying several weapons and ammunition.

The day after the strike, Pajhwok posted a photo of damage reportedly caused by a drone strike on what it said was a shelter used by members of the group in Achin. It is not clear if this refers to the same strike.

The Bureau will include a strike in its database when it is reported by a named or unnamed US official, named Afghan officials, or anonymous sources from either country combined with one other kind of source, such as a local resident. This strike is included here as a possible US strike.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Bandar area, Achin district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press, Pajhwok, Xinhua

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5 July 2018

  • 19 reported killed
  • 8 reported injured

At least 19 fighters belonging to an unspecified group were killed and eight others injured during airstrikes in Farah province, according to the 207th Zafar Corps, which is part of the Afghan army.

The strikes targeted two compounds in the areas of Rabat Payin and Koh Surkhak in Farah's Parchaman district.

It was not clear whether Afghan or US forces carried out the strikes, so we have recorded it here as a possible US strike.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Parchaman district, Farah province
  • References: Khaama Press

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4 July 2018

  • 7 reported killed

The 201st Silab Corps, which is part of the Afghan army, said a strike in Nangarhar province killed seven members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State.

It was reported as a "similar" strike to the one recorded in the entry below. This was reported as a US drone strike, although due to vague sourcing we cannot include in our database.

The date of this strike was not clear, but it was reported on July 4.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Deh Bala district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

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3 July 2018

  • 2 reported killed

The 201st Silab Corps, which is part of the Afghan army, said a strike in Kunar province killed at least two members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State and a Taliban insurgent.

The strike was carried out by a drone, according to the 201st Silab Corps. The US is the only country known to flying armed drones in Afghanistan.

The Bureau will include a strike in its database when it is reported by a named or unnamed US official, named Afghan officials, or anonymous sources from either country combined with one other kind of source, such as a local resident. This strike is included here as a possible US strike.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Pech Dara, Kunar Province
  • References: Khaama Press

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3 July 2018

Police Spokesperson Farid Dehqan said that Mullah Yasir, described as a senior PakistanI Taliban (TTP) commander, was killed in a drone strike in Kunar province's Shultan district.

The reporting was confusing, with Pajhwok mentioning the reports of another TTP leader killed in the same district on the same day (see entry below). It could be the identity of the commander killed has become confused. That strike was reported to have hit a house so it is possible Yasir was present.

Dehqan also reported a Yaseen, described as a member of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State, was killed in another district by a US drone.

There is a lack of clear information in the reporting. We will record these strikes here as a possible strikes.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Kunar province
  • References: Pajhowk

AFG480 link

3 July 2018

  • 0-1 reported killed

A key commander linked to the Pakistan Taliban (TTP) has reportedly been killed in a US drone strike in Afghanistan.

Afghan Defense Ministry Spokesperson Mohammad Radmanish told VOA that the attack occurred next to the border with Pakistan in Afghanistan's Kunar province.

Radmanish did not give the name of the commander allegedly killed, but local media has reported that Omar Rehman, known as Ustad Fateh, could be among the dead. The Daily Times reported that sources said Rehman was scheduled to visit the house of Ahmad Swati, described as a TTP leader, when the US drone fired two missiles on the building at 10am local time.

Rehman is said to be the TTP's operational commander, according to VOA, who also reported he had been in line as a possible replacement to Mullah Fazlullah (see entry AFG476). The TTP leadership council however did not select Rehman.

"The United States unrelentingly continues its counterterrorism efforts against IS-K , al-Qaida, and other regional and international terrorist groups," a US military spokesman told VOA when asked for a confirmation of the attack.

We will update this post when more information comes to light.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strikes
  • Location: Kunar province
  • References: VOA, The Daily Times

AFG479C link

2 July 2018

  • 6 reported killed

At least six members of an unspecified militant group were killed during airstrikes along the highway between Kabul and Jalalabad, the Afghan Ministry of Defense has said.

It was not clear whether US or Afghan forces carried out the strikes. It was also to clear when the strikes took place, but Khaama Press reported them on July 2.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Kabul-Jalalabad highway
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG479 link

1 July 2018

  • 2 reported killed

A US drone strike killed two non-Afghan nationals belonging to Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State in Nangarhar province, according to Provincial Police Spokesperson Hazrat Hussain Mashraqiwal.

It targeted a "hideout" belonging to the group, he said.

  • Type of strike: US air and drone strike
  • Location: Payin, Chaparhar district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Afghan Islamic Press via BBC monitoring

AFG478 link

30 June 2018

  • Unknown reported killed

US forces conducted more than 20 strikes targeting "selective Taliban irreconcilables" in Ghazni, Helmand and Uruzgan provinces in support of a nationwide Afghan-led offensive, according to a press release from Resolute Support.

The strikes took place on June 30, which marked the end of the ceasefire. More details on the ceasefire can be found in the entry below.

A US military spokesperson defined "Taliban irreconcilables" as "Taliban members who refuse to listen to the Afghan peoples' calls for them to take the courageous step towards peace and reconciliation."

There were no details on casualties arising from these strikes.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strikes
  • Location: Ghazni, Helmand and Uruzgan provinces
  • References: Resolute Support press release, US military spokesperson via email

AFG477 link

27 June 2018

  • Unknown reported killed

The US has carried out over 80 strikes against Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State since June 11, according to Air Force Brig. Gen. Lance R. Bunch in a press briefing on June 27.

The comment was made in relation to a question on strikes since the start of a ceasefire with the Taliban. The Afghan leader announced the ceasefire in line with the holy celebration of Eid al-Fitr. The Taliban also announced a three-day halt to hostilities which did not extend to international forces who had agreed to abide by the ceasefire. After the holiday, President Ghani extended it, but the Taliban did not. During the ceasefire, the US was still permitted to continue strikes against other groups.

"We have conducted strikes against ISIS-K during this timeframe, around -- a little over 80 of those strikes, as we continue to do counterterrorism operations against ISIS-K, who is not part of the cease-fire," Brig. Gen. Bunch said. These, he said, were mainly carried out by manned aircraft and not drones.

Some of these strikes were carried out in support of Afghan special forces preventing attempts by the group in Nangarhar's Gurgoray and Deh Bala to establish a caliphate. The Afghan special forces put four companies of commandos on the ground there, which Brig. Gen. Bunch said was the single largest deployment of commandos on the battlefield ever in a joint special operations type of an operation. "And, of course, ISIS-K did -- was unable to establish a caliphate there," he added.

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25 June 2018

  • 6 reported killed

US forces killed at least six members of Afghanistan's Islamic State in strike on the group's "hideouts" in Nangarhar province, the provincial government media office has said.

It was not clear when the strike took place, although Khaama Press reported it on June 25.

The Bureau only includes strikes from named Afghan sources. This strike is recorded here as a possible US strike for now.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Haska Mena district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG476Ciii link

25 June 2018

  • 11 reported killed, including 6 civilians

An Afghan official has said civilians were among people killed in a US drone strike in Nuristan province on the night on June 25.

Hafiz Abdul Qayum, the governor of the province, said six civilians were killed alongside five Taliban insurgents. Qayum said the villagers and Taliban members had gathered to visit an injured insurgent when the house they were in was targeted.

However, a US spokesperson said US forces did not carry out a strike in the province on June 25. In a statement emailed to the Bureau, Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell, a spokesperson for US Forces-Afghanistan, continued:

"We have, however, received reports of insurgent-caused civilian casualties in two separate insurgent attacks in eastern Afghanistan, Monday - a mortar attack on a medical clinic in Andar district, Ghazni province that killed a pharmacist and injured clinic staff, and a suicide attack that targeted a gathering of local police and civilians in Sawkai (Chawkay) district, Kunar province, killing and injuring an unknown number of both. These deplorable acts by the enemies of Afghanistan further demonstrate their disregard for the Afghan people, whose calls for peace and an extension to the cease-fire were rejected yesterday by the Taliban."

We have recored this as a possible US strike to reflect the contradictory statements on the incident.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Waygal district, Nuristan province
  • References: Associated Press, US Forces - Afghanistan via email

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22 June 2018

  • 9 reported killed

US drone strikes in Kunar province killed at least nine people, including members of militant group Lashkar e Tayyiba, according to Khaama Press.

The 201st Silab Corps reportedly said a drone strike hit Qaro area of Watapur district killing five fighters. Abdul Ghani Musami, spokesperson for Kunar province's governor, said four fighters were killed in Suki district.

However none of these can be added to our database. The sourcing for the first strike does not meet our methodology's threshold. While the sourcing for a separate strike included in the reporting did, we could not be sure the strike didn't hit members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State. The US released figures on strikes against the group over a time period which covers these strikes. Those have been added to our database and we cannot be sure this isn't one of them (see entry above).

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Kunar province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG476Ci link

21 June 2018

  • 0-17 reported killed

The Afghan Ministry of Defence said at least 17 members of Islamic State were killed during ground operations and air strikes in Nangarhar and Kunar provinces.

It was not clear whether Afghan or US forces carried out the strikes, or where they hit and how many people they killed. It was not clear when the strikes took place but they was reported on June 21.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Khogyani district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

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15 June 2018

  • 3 reported killed

At least three members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in a strike in Nangarhar province, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defence, but it was not clear whether Afghan or US forces carried out the strike.

A "weapons and munitions depot" was reportedly destroyed in the attack.

It was not clear when the strike took place but it was reported on June 15.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Achin district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG476 link

13 June 2018

  • 0-5 reported killed

US forces carried out a strike targeting a "senior leader of a designated terrorist organisation" in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province, a spokesperson from US Forces - Afghanistan has said.

An anonymous US military official said that they believed the target to be Pakistan Taliban (TTP) chief Maulana Fazlullah but could not say whether he had died, however Afghan and Pakistani officials have said he was killed in the strike.

Mohammad Radmanish, spokesperson for Afghan defence ministry, said two more insurgents were killed in the strike, which he said took place in the border area of Kunar's Marawera district. Pakistani intelligence officials told New York Times that four other senior commanders were also killed.

The statement from the US military did not say what group the leader targeted belonged to but stressed that US forces were continuing to adhere to a cease-fire which Afghanistan has agreed with the Afghan Taliban. They have also not commented on the results of the strike.

In March, the US offered a $5 million reward for information on Fazlullah. His profile on the Rewards for Justice website reads:

Since being appointed by the group’s central shura council in November 2013, Fazlullah has organized and directed several TTP attacks against Pakistani interests and has publicly blamed the United States for military operations against the group.
In December 2014, Fazlullah’s operatives carried out the most lethal terrorist attack in Pakistani history when its operatives killed 151 people, including more than 130 children, during an attack against the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan.
In 2012, Fazlullah ordered the failed assassination of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai who promoted girls’ right to education and publicly criticized Fazlullah and the TTP.

Fazlullah's inclusion on the website came the same month his son was reportedly killed in a US drone strike on a TTP facility also in Kunar. It is believed he frequented the facility.

The New York Times wrote that Fazlullah took the leadership of the main branch of the TTP in November 2013, as the group began splintering following increasing pressure from the military. He took up the position a week after Hakimullah Mehsud, the organisation’s previous leader, was killed in a drone strike in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan.

The Guardian wrote: "Fazlullah rose to fame as “FM Mullah”, broadcasting vituperative calls for jihad from his radio station. His followers introduced a brutal form of sharia law during the two-year TTP insurgency in the Swat valley, killing dancers and DVD-shop owners."

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10 June 2018

The Afghan Taliban claimed US planes attacked their Voice of Shariah radio station in Ghazni province, but the US denied the allegation saying two Afghan aircraft conducted a strike on a Taliban broadcasting tower and not a radio station.

A spokesman for Resolute Support mission said the Taliban statement “speaks volumes with regards to the capabilities” of the Afghan air force.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Ghazni Province
  • References: Reuters

AFG475Ci link

8 June 2018

  • 6 reported killed

At least six members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in US drone strikes in Nangarhar province, according to Khaama Press.

Their information came from the 201st Silab Corps, which is part of the Afghan army. However, the Bureau includes only strikes reported by named Afghan sources, or named and unnamed US sources, in its spreadsheet. We have recorded here as a possible US strike.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Deh Bala district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG475C link

6 June 2018

  • 4 reported killed
  • 2 reported injured

A US strike killed four Taliban fighters including a local commander in Maidan Wardak province, according to Khaama Press. A further two were injured.

Their information came from the 203rd Thunder Corps, which is part of the Afghan army. However the Bureau only includes strikes from named Afghan sources. This strike is recorded here as a possible US strike for now.

The date of the strike was not clear, although it was reported on June 6.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Nerkh district, Maidan Wardak province
  • References: Pajhwok

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4 June 2018

  • 0-13 reported killed

Thirteen Taliban insurgents were reportedly killed in a US strike in Logar province, according to Police Spokesperson Shapoor Ahmadzai.

The strike reportedly targeted a meeting and the dead included a commander, who Ahmadzai identified as Mullah Siddiqullah.

A resident of the area told Pajhwok that the air strike led to heavy casualties.

The Taliban denied that any fighters died in the attack.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Alozo area, Pul e Alam district, Logar province
  • References: Pajhwok

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2 June 2018

  • 9 reported killed

At least nine members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed when an air strike hit a compound they were in, according to Khaama Press.

Their information came from a statement from the Nangarhar government media office, the district the strike reportedly took place in. However it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces carried out it out.

The strike is recorded here as a possible US strike.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Gorgori area, Haska Mena district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG474Ci link

1 June 2018

  • 17 reported killed, possible civilian casualties

Reports surfaced of civilian casualties in a district in Nangarhar province, but there was a lack of clarity over how they occurred.

Attaullah Khogyani, the provincial governor’s spokesperson, reported the civilian casualties. Pajhwok reported that he said a "foreign force" air strike had killed 17 Islamic State members, and also killed one civilian and injured a further four. The US is the only country aside Afghanistan flying strike missions.

However, Xinhua reported Khogyani saying the casualties had raised from clashes between the Afghan government and Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State. More detail on the civilian casualties was given, with Khogyani saying an elderly man was killed and four children were wounded in the clashes, while woman was still missing.

In the Pajhwok report, a resident said a strike led to "heavy" civilian casualties.

Due to the contradictory information in the reporting, we have recorded this here as a possible US strike. We will reach out to Resolute Support.

There had been reports of a strike also killing 17 members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State in the same district. This was reported to have occurred two days before and is recorded in the entry below.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Haska Mena district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Pajhwok, Xinhua

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30 May 2018

  • 17 reported killed

At least 17 members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in a US strike in Nangarhar province, according to a statement from the 201st Silab Corps, part of the Afghan army, and the provincial government media office.

However the Bureau only includes strikes from named Afghan sources. This in recorded here as a possible strike for now.

TOLO News said the strike took place in Deh Bala district while Khaama press said it occured in Haska Mena district. Deh Bala however seems to be another name for Haska Mena.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Haska Mena district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press, TOLO News

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28 May 2018

  • 10 reported killed

Anadolu Agency reported that Afghanistan's Radio Azadi, part of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, said a US drone strike killed three policemen and seven Taliban insurgents late on May 28 in Uruzgan province.

At the time, we could not add this strike to our database due to vague sourcing. However, Khaama Press published an article a day later during which a provincial council member also reported the deaths of thee policemen and seven Taliban members.

Hayatullah Fazli, the council member, said a drone fired two missiles, one of which hit a police checkpoint and the other which hit another checkpoint where insurgents had taken position. The US is the only country known to be flying armed drones in Afghanistan.

We have reached out to the US for comment on this.

AFG473 link

28 May 2018

  • 11 reported killed

A US drone strike in Nangarhar province killed eleven members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State, according to Provincial Police Spokesperson Hazrat Hussain Mashraqiwal.

A further two members of the group were allegedly injured and three of their vehicles destroyed.

It was not clear when the strike was carried out, but it was reported on May 28.

  • Type of strike: US air and drone strike
  • Location: Ghulam Dag, Chaparhar district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Pajhwok, Khaama Press

AFG472 link

27 May 2018

  • 6 reported killed
  • 5 reported injured

Six members of the Taliban have been killed in a US drone strike in Paktia province, Police Spokesperson Sardar Wali Tabasum told Pajhwok News.

The strike hit a house where some Taliban insurgents had gathered, the spokesperson said.

Abdullah Hasrat, the governor's spokesperson, confirmed the strike. He said a further five members of the group had been injured.

An unnamed local resident said two members of the house were also among the dead. It was not clear whether they were civilians or not.

The date of the strike was not clear, but it was reported on May 27.

  • Type of strike: US air and drone strike
  • Location: Kohsen area, Syed Karm district, Paktia province
  • References: Pajhwok

AFG471 link

26 May 2018

  • 1 reported killed

A drone strike killed a "senior improvised explosive device facilitator", according to a US forces -Afghanistan press release.

According to the release, the person killed had been "coordinating improvised explosive device operations against Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, international forces and the people of Afghanistan for the last 13 years".

The attack was one of a series carried out over a ten-day period which the US has said killed more than 70 senior Taliban leaders. While the exact location of this strike was not clear, it seems the series was carried out in the province of Helmand.

The military specified the use of a MQ-1C Gray Eagle, a drone. In the recent battle for Farah, the use of a drones was also specifically mentioned. It is not very common for the US to specify the use of a drone to carry out strikes.

  • Type of strike: US air and drone strike
  • Location: Helmand province
  • References: US Forces Afghanistan press release via email

AFG470 link

25 May 2018

  • 1 reported killed

US Air Force A-10s also killed a shadow district governor and destroyed a shadow district headquarters in Nahr e Saraj, according to a US forces - Afghanistan press release.

The attack was one of a series carried out over a ten-day period which the US has said killed more than 70 senior Taliban leaders.

“These strikes represent one of the largest blows to Taliban leadership in the last year,” said US Army General John Nicholson, US Forces - Afghanistan and Resolute Support commander. “The cumulative effects of which will be felt nationwide for quite some time.”

  • Type of strike: US air and drone strike
  • Location: Nahr e Saraj district, Helmand province
  • References: US Forces Afghanistan press release via email

AFG469C link

25 May 2018

  • 3 reported killed

A US drone strike killed three members of the Taliban on the night of May 25, according to Lieutenant Colonel Aqa Sherin Faqiri, a spokesperson for a division of the Afghan army.

A statement from the Afghan Ministry of Defence said one of the dead was Gul Ahmand Sangari, described as a Taliban military chief. Pajhwok News, who reported the strike, said Sangari had planned and conducted attacks, stormed checkpoints and planted mines.

However, the MoD said the strike was carried out by Afghan forces. The statement reportedly said Sangari, along with two other fighters, was targeted while trying to flee the area.

We have recorded this here as a possible US strike due to the above.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Swati area, Surkh Road district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Pajhwok, TOLO News

AFG469 link

24 May 2018

  • 2 reported killed

US Air Force A-10s struck a Taliban Red Unit commander for Helmand and an associate while they were travelling in Sangin district, according to a US Forces - Afghanistan press release.

The attack was one of a series carried out over a ten-day period which the US has said killed more than 70 senior Taliban leaders.

“These strikes represent one of the largest blows to Taliban leadership in the last year,” said US Army General John Nicholson, US Forces - Afghanistan and Resolute Support commander. “The cumulative effects of which will be felt nationwide for quite some time.”

  • Type of strike: US air and drone strike
  • Location: Sangin district, Helmand province
  • References: US Forces Afghanistan press release via email

AFG468 link

24 May 2018

Reports surfaced of a US strike hitting Faizabad City, close to government offices and civilian homes, and another taking place close to the centre of a nearby district. The strikes sparked criticisms from local officials and residents. 

“The Resolute Support aircrafts bombarded both Faizabad City and Kishm district centres. One bomb landed close to Jolghar area which is near the provincial police headquarters and other landed close to centre of Kishm district," Abdullah Naji Nazari, a member of Badakhshan Provincial Council, told TOLO News. "No doubt, it created fear among residents of Faizabad City and Kishm district."

Badakhshan Governor Ahmad Faisal Begzad claimed Resolute Support officials said the strikes were a mistake. “The foreign forces should support our security forces but what happened yesterday [May 24] was a mistake which has been admitted by them in which they dropped bombs in the outskirts of Faizabad City and the outskirts of Kishm district’s center,” he told TOLO. “We asked them to be accurate in their operations.” The US is the only known foreign country to be flying strike missions in Afghanistan.

No details were given on casualties, civilian or otherwise. 

This entry records the strike reported in Kishm district. The strike reported in Faizabad is in the entry below. 

  • Type of strike: US air and drone strike
  • Location: Kishm district, Badakhshan province
  • References: TOLO News

AFG467 link

24 May 2018

Reports surfaced of a US strike hitting Faizabad City, close to government offices and civilian homes, and another taking place close to the centre of a nearby district. The strikes sparked criticisms from local officials and residents. 

“The Resolute Support aircrafts bombarded both Faizabad City and Kishm district centres. One bomb landed close to Jolghar area which is near the provincial police headquarters and other landed close to center of Kishm district," Abdullah Naji Nazari, a member of Badakhshan Provincial Council, told TOLO News. "No doubt, it created fear among residents of Faizabad City and Kishm district."

Badakhshan Governor Ahmad Faisal Begzad claimed Resolute Support officials said the strikes were a mistake. “The foreign forces should support our security forces but what happened yesterday [May 24] was a mistake which has been admitted by them in which they dropped bombs in the outskirts of Faizabad City and the outskirts of Kishm district’s center,” he told TOLO. “We asked them to be accurate in their operations.” The US is the only known foreign country to be flying strike missions in Afghanistan.

Residents in Faizabad expressed anger. “We were leaving the mosque in the evening prayer when we heard a loud voice and I saw that people were shouting,” said Gada Mohammad. Another resident said, “The airstrike damaged civilian houses. Why government and US forces do not target the Taliban in Wardooj [district]? Why they conducted the airstrike here?”

There have been no reports of civilian casualties or other casualties arising from the strikes as yet.

This entry records to the strike in Faizabad.

  • Type of strike: US air and drone strike
  • Location: Faizabad City, Badakhshan province
  • References: TOLO News

AFG466 link

24 May 2018

  • 50 reported killed

The US military has said it hit “a command and control node for high-level Taliban leaders” in Helmand province.

The strike occurred during a high-level meeting of Taliban commanders, according to a later statement. This resulted in 50 casualties, with "the deputy shadow governor of Helmand, multiple Taliban district governors, intelligence commanders and key provincial-level leadership from Kandahar, Kunduz, Herat, Farah, Uruzgan and Helmand provinces" among the dead.

The Taliban have claimed, according to FDD's Long War Journal, that two civilian homes were destroyed in the strike and denied a command centre had been hit. It was unclear if they said any civilians had been killed.

The site was hit by a ground-based rocket artillery strike using the HIMARS, described by the Long War Journal as a "truck mounted multiple launch rocket platform".

“These strikes represent one of the largest blows to Taliban leadership in the last year,” said US Army General John Nicholson, referring to a series of strikes which included this one. “The cumulative effects of which will be felt nationwide for quite some time.”

Still from video of strike shared by the US military
  • Type of strike: US air and drone strike
  • Location: Musa Qala district, Helmand province
  • References: US Forces - Afghanistan press release via email, FDD's Long War Journal, US Forces - Afghanistan press release via email

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23 May 2018

  • 6 reported killed

Six Taliban insurgents including a key commander were killed in strikes in Kunduz province, the provincial government spokesperson has said. However, it was not clear if Afghan or US forces carried out the strike. 

"Acting upon intelligence report, the security forces aircrafts targeted a Taliban hideout in Kunjak area of Imam Sahib district early Wednesday, killing six rebels including notorious commander Mullah Karim Mukhlis on the spot," Spokesperson Sunatullah Timuri told Xinhua.

We have recorded it here as a possible US strike due to the lack of clarity over who carried it out. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Pushtrod district, Farah province
  • References: Xinhua

AFG465Ci link

20 May 2018

  • 1-4 reported killed

Afghan news sites reported the death of a Taliban commander in a strike in Farah province, but it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces carried out the strike. The name of the commander also differed in the reporting. 

Khaama Press said the commander killed was called Mullah Din Mohammad, while Pajhwok identified him as Mulavi Khalid. The former said a further three fighters were killed, while this was not mentioned by Pajhwok. Both reported the strike hit in Pushtrod district. Khaama Press' information was based on an Afghan Ministry of Defence statement, while Pajhwok spoke to a provincial council member and a local resident. 

None of the reporting specified whether the strike was carried out by Afghan or US forces. 

While Khaama Press did not give a date for the strike, Pajhwok said the strike occurred on May 20.  

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Pushtrod district, Farah province
  • References: Pajhwok, Khaama Press

AFG465C link

16 May 2018

  • 2 reported killed

At least two members of Afghanistan branch of Islamic State were killed in a US drone strike, Khaama Press reported. They were reportedly snipers for the group. 

Khaama Press said it's information came from a provincial government media office statement. However the Bureau only includes strikes from named Afghan sources. This in recorded here as a possible strike for now. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Gagar area, Haska Mena district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG465 link

15 May 2018

  • 28 reported killed

US and Afghan aircraft hit Taliban positions in Farah city after insurgents launched a major attempt to capture the provincial capital. 

"Both Afghan A-29s and Mi-17s have conducted multiple strikes. US forces have conducted one drone strike (MQ-9) and a show-of-force with A-10s. Dozens of Taliban killed," US Spokesperson Lt Col Martin O'Donnell told AFP on May 15. "Afghans remain in lead."

The next day, Lt Col O'Donnell said additional drone strikes had been carried out throughout the night and Afghan forces were still in the lead.

Residents told Reuters that Taliban forces began their attack around 0200 (local time) on May 15 from several directions. One senior official said the situation was serious early in the day, with the provincial governor leaving the city as insurgents overrun several areas.

However, Afghan ground troops, backed by US and Afghan air strikes, launched a counter-attack pushing the Taliban back.

US Forces - Afghanistan put out a video showing what seemed to be a compilation of different strikes targeting people. While the US has recently put out videos showing buildings being destroyed in Afghanistan, it has rarely shared videos which clearly show individuals being targeted. The text accompanying it said: "On 15 May 2018, US airstrikes eliminated 28 Taliban fighters in Farah province, Afghanistan".

According to a statement by Afghan Ministry of Defence, the Afghan security forces response to the Taliban attempt to capture Farah left at least 198 fighters dead.

A US spokesperson told the Bureau six drone strikes had taken place during the Farah battle. We recorded seven strikes in total. The remaining strike refers to the use of A-10s, but we do not have exact figures. We will update this post when more information comes to light. 

We have included a death toll of 28 on account of the statement accompanying the US Forces - Afghanistan video.

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13 May 2018

  • 1 reported killed

In the Khaama Press report on the possible US strike in Nangarhar recorded below, it also mentioned a "similar" airstrike in a different district in the province. This one reportedly killed a member of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State.

The Bureau only includes strikes from named Afghan sources. This in recorded here as a possible strike for now. It was also not clear when it took place, but Khaama Press reported it on May 13.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Ali Khel area, Pacher Agam district, Nangarhar province 
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG464Ci link

13 May 2018

  • 5 reported killed

At least five members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in a US drone strike in Nangarhar province, Khaama Press reported. One of the dead was allegedly a commander of the group. 

Their information came from a statement by the provincial government media office. The Bureau only includes strikes from named Afghan sources. This in recorded here as a possible strike for now. 

It was not clear when the strike took place, but it was reported on May 13. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Nari Oba area, Haska Mena district, Nangarhar province 
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG464C link

13 May 2018

  • 3 reported killed

An Afghan military statement reported by Xinhua said a coalition drone strike killed three members of Islamic State. 

"An unmanned plane of coalition struck an IS fighters' hideout in Papeen locality, Dih Bala district, Nangarhar province on Sunday [May 13}, killing three IS militants," the statement said.

The US is the only country known to be flying strike missions in Afghanistan, aside from the Afghans. 

The Bureau only includes strikes from named Afghan sources. This in recorded here as a possible strike for now. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Papeen locality, Deh Bala district, Nangarhar province 
  • References: Xinhua

AFG464 link

9 May 2018

  • 35 reported killed

An estimated 35 Taliban insurgents were killed in a US strike in Paktia province's Zazi Aryub district, a local official said. 

"US aircraft targeted a number of Taliban hideouts in the Surgol area of this district on the night from 9 to 10 May," Captain Abdollah, the spokesperson for the Afghan army's 1st infantry in Paktia, told Afghan Islamic Press.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Surgol area, Zazi Aryub district, Paktia province'
  • References: Afghan Islamic Press via BBC Monitoring 

AFG463 link

9 May 2018

  • 6 reportedly killed
  • Friendly-fire incident

Six members of the Afghan Local Police were killed in an air strike in Badghis province, local officials  said, although they did not say whether Afghan or US forces carried out the strike. 

Farid Akhizi, a provincial council member, said the strike mistakenly hit the local police, who were not wearing uniforms. The attack occurred at around 11am local time. 

A US spokesperson later confirmed that the strike was carried out by US forces. The spokesperson said that while the Afghan National Army Corps, Afghan National Police Zone commander and a National Directorate of Security chief said the individuals killed were members of the ALP, their location, the fact they were dressed in civilian clothes and their actions towards an Afghan patrol indicated a possible connection to "enemies of Afghanistan". 

The US is looking into the incident, it said. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike 
  • Location: Sanga Khair area, Maqur district, Badghis province
  • References: Pajhwok, US forces - Afghanistan via email

AFG462CV link

4 May 2018

  • 5 reported killed

At least five militants members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in US drone strikes in Nangarhar province, Khaama Press reported.

Khaama Press said it's information came from local officials and a provincial government media office statement. However the Bureau only includes strikes from named Afghan sources. This in recorded here as a possible strike for now. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Haska Mena district, Nangarhar province 
  • References: Khaama Press

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2 May 2018

  • 4 reported killed
  • 2 reported injured

A series of strikes hit Badakhshan province, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defence, but it was not clear whether Afghan or US forces carried them out.

Four militants belonging to unspecified group were allegedly killed in the strikes and two others wounded.

The date of the strikes was also not clear, but they were reported on May 2. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike 
  • Location: Tashkan district, Badakhshan province
  • References: Khaama Press

Afghan Air Force strike link

1 May 2018

  • 9 reported killed
  • 12 reported injured

At least nine Taliban insurgents were killed and 12 others injured in a Afghan Air Force strikes in Uruzgan province, Afghan military officials reportedly told Khaama Press.

The strikes hit in the vicinity of Tarin Kot city, the capital of the province.

The date of the strikes was not clear, but they were reported on May 1. 

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Tarin Kot, Uruzgan province 
  • References: Khaama Press

Afghan Air Force strike link

30 April 2018

  • Possible civilian casualties

Confusing reporting stemmed from a strike in Helmand province, with some reports of civilian casualties. 

Most sources, aside from the Taliban, say the strike was carried out by Afghan forces, including Afghan officials. 

Mir Ahmad, a provincial council member, told Washington Post that six civilians were killed in the strike targeting Taliban fighters. Ahmad also told Afghan Islamic Press that he received a report from the province's Kopka village that a house had been completely destroyed in the attack and a nearby mosque was damaged. Twenty people were reportedly killed, ten of which were not identifiable. The people providing the report said they did not know who was living in the house, but reportedly claimed civilians were among them, he said.

Someone described as a 'social council member', which could refer to the same person that Washington Post and AIP spoke to, told Pajhwok a mosque had been hit in Kofki area of Nad Ali district. There were at least 23 casualties, he said, although it was not clear how many of these were civilians. He said people had been praying when fighters entered the mosque and the strike was launched. 

Omar Zwak, spokesperson for the provincial governor, confirmed the strike, but said all those killed were Taliban members. A spokesperson for a 215th Maiwand Military Corps, a division of the Afghan army, said six insurgents had been killed.

The Taliban reportedly claimed eight civilians had been killed and 15 others wounded in the air strike, which they said was carried out by US forces and hit a mosque.

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Nad Ali district, Helmand province
  • References: Washington Post, Pajhwok, Afghan Islamic Press via BBC monitoring

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29 April 2018

  • 35 reported killed
  • 40 reported injured

Army officials were reported in Radio Pakistan saying US air strikes in Balkh province killed 35 Taliban members and injured at further 40.

The sourcing was too vague to include this in our database but we have recorded it here as a possible strike. The date was also not clear, but the strikes were reported on April 29.

In the reporting, another strike was said to have killed 17 members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State in Nangarhar. It could be referring to the strike we have recorded above.  

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Balkh province 
  • References: Radio Pakistan

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28 April 2018

  • 15 reported killed

A US drone strike in Nangarhar province killed at least 15 members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State, according to a statement from a division of the Afghan army reported by Geo TV. 

The Bureau only includes strikes reported by named Afghan sources, or named and unnamed US sources, in our spreadsheet. This will therefor be recorded here as a possible strike. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Haska Mean district, Nangarhar province 
  • References: Geo TV

AFG462Ci link

24 April 2018

  • 2 reported killed

Air strikes in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province reportedly killed at least two al Qaeda members, Khaama Press reported, but it was not clear whether these were Afghan or US strikes. 

We have not included this strike in our database on account of this ambiguity, and also vague sourcing. It was also not clear when they took place, but they were reported on April 24. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Shirzad district, Nangarhar province 
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG462C link

24 April 2018

  • 3 reported killed
  • 2 reported injured

Local officials told Khaama Press that a US drone strike hit a gathering of "key" militants in Laghman province. 

The morning strike killed "at least three senior members of Taliban leader Saqib", according to Khaama. What this means is not entirely clear. Those killed were identified as Rauf, Shadi Gul and Kazim. A further two were injured, it said. 

The Bureau only includes strikes reported by named Afghan sources, or named and unnamed US sources, in our spreadsheet. This will therefor be recorded here as a possible strike. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Alisheng district, Laghman province 
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG462 link

23 April 2018

  • 2 reported killed

In mid-May, the US military confirmed that it killed Hazrat Abbas and his bodyguard in an airstrike in Nangarhar province on April 23. 

Abbas was described as senior commander of al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent and the Pakistan Taliban.  He "controlled fighting forces in both Pakistan and Afghanistan" and these forces were "responsible for numerous attacks and kidnappings on both sides of the border", the military said. 

"Abbas’ integration and command of multiple organisations highlights the relationships between terrorist organisations in Afghanistan and the surrounding region, specifically how regional terrorist groups shelter and facilitate global threat networks," it added.

They released a video showing the strike that they have said killed the two men. It appears to show them travelling on a motorcyle. 

AFG461Ci link

23 April 2018

  • Possible civilian casualties

Islamic State group, through a programme aired on its radio channel, has said that a US cruise missile strike on April 23 killed two children of a local resident. 

The resident, identified as Payanda Mohammad, lost his 14-year-old son and older daughter, the group claimed. 

We will record this here as a possible strike. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location Shabi area, Haska Mena district, Nangarhar province 
  • References: Voice of Caliphate via BBC Monitoring 

AFG461C link

23 April 2018

  • 1 reported killed

Pakistan Today reported that a "notorious" commander from Pakistan's tribal regions died in a US drone strike in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province. 

Hazrat Ali, or "Pistol Mullah" as he was allegedly nicknamed, was reportedly the chief commander of Abdullah Ezzam Brigade, which Pakistan Today said was affiliated with the TTP. The group, it said, has targeted Nato convoys and had been behind number of kidnappings. He was originally from Pakistan's Kyber Agency.

The sourcing was too vague to record this strike in our database as yet. We have included in here as a possible strike. There were no details on other casualties. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Khogyani district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Pakistan Today

Afghan Air Force strike link

22 April 2018

Afghan air and artillery strikes hit Islamic State tunnels killing 17 members of the group, Khaama Press reported based on a statement from the "provincial police commandment".

The statement said nine tunnels, six hideouts and some weapons were destroyed. 

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Gorgori area, Haska Mena district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG461 link

21 April 2018

A video posted by the US Department of Defence showed a US A-10 strike on what was identified as a Taliban narcotics production facility in Helmand province.

U.S. A-10 Strike on Taliban Narcotics Production Facility in Helmand Province

A U.S. A-10 strikes a Taliban narcotics production facility in Helmand province on April 21, 2018. U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and Afghan National Defense and Security Forces continue to expand their counter-revenue campaign against the Taliban.

AFG460 link

20 April 2018

A video posted by the US Department of Defence showed a US A-10 strike what was described as a Taliban narcotics production facility in Farah province.

"US Forces-Afghanistan and Afghan National Defense and Security Forces continue to expand their counter-revenue campaign against the Taliban beyond Helmand and Southern Afghanistan," a statement accompanying the video said. 

No additional details were provided. 

DVIDS also published the video, and we have included their link below. 

U.S. A-10 Strike on a Taliban Narcotics Production Facility in Farah Province

A U.S. A-10 strikes a Taliban narcotics production facility in Farah province on April 20, 2018. U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and Afghan National Defense and Security Forces continue to expand their counter-revenue campaign against the Taliban beyond Helmand and Southern Afghanistan. PUBLIC DOMAIN

AFG459Cii link

16 April 2018

"Joint" Afghan and US strikes targeted Taliban insurgents who had launched an attack on security posts, Khaama Press reported. 

Their information came for 207th Zafar Corps, which is part of the Afghan army. According to them, the strikes killed at least 37 Taliban members and injured seven others. The group apparently launched an attack on security posts on the outskirts of Farah city at around 2am, with air strikes launched around an hour later. Several key Taliban commanders were reported killed.

We are not entirely sure what is meant by "joint" air strikes. We have recorded the strikes as possible US strikes to reflect the ambiguity. It is also not clear when they took place but they were reported on April 16.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Outskirts of Farah city, Farah province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG459Ci link

16 April 2018

  • 1 reported killed

A US drone strike hit a "hideout" of Islamic State killing one member of the group, Khaama Press reported.

Their information came from the 201st Silab Corps, which is part of the Afghan army. However, the Bureau includes only strikes reported by named Afghan sources, or named and unnamed US sources, in its spreadsheet. We have recorded here as a possible US strike.

It was not clear when the strike took place, but it was reported on April 16.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Nazian district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

Afghan Air Force strike link

15 April 2018

  • 6 reported killed
  • 6 reported injured

Six insurgents were killed and and six others injured in Afghan strikes in Kapisa province, a statement from Afghan Ministry of Defence reportedly said. 

The strike, reported in the morning of April 15, had occurred at some point in the previous 24 hours. 

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Najrab district, Kapisa province.
  • References: TOLO News

Afghan Air Force strike link

15 April 2018

  • 20 reported killed
  • 17 reported injured

At least 20 members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed and and 17 others injured in an Afghan strike in Jawzjan province, a statement from Afghan Ministry of Defence reportedly said. 

The local commander, identified as Mohammad Yusuf, was allegedly killed in the strike.

The strike, reported in the morning of April 15, had occurred at some point in the previous 24 hours. 

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Darzab district, Jawzjan province
  • References: TOLO News

AFG459C link

14 April 2018

  • 6 reported killed

At least six members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in US drone strikes in Nangarhar province, according to Khaama Press.

Their information came from the 201st Silab Corps, which is part of the Afghan army. However, the Bureau includes only strikes reported by named Afghan sources, or named and unnamed US sources, in its spreadsheet. 

It was not clear when the strikes took place, but they were reported by Khaama on April 14. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Khogyani district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG459 link

12 April 2018

A video posted by the US department of Defence showed a US Predator (drone) targeting what was described as a stolen ANDSF Humvee in Badakhshan province.

No additional details were provided. 

U.S. Predator Strike on a Stolen ANDSF HMMWV in Badakhshan Province

U.S. Predator strikes a stolen ANDSF HUMMWV in Badakhshan province. The Taliban regularly steals ANDSF vehicles to use them as improvised explosive devices.

AFG458 link

12 April 2018

  • 7 reported killed
  • 3 reported injured

Seven Taliban members were killed and three others injured in a US air strike in Paktika province, Police Chief Mohammad Azeem Hashami told Pajhwok News.

Seventeen landmines, one vehicle and six motorcycles had been destroyed in the airstrike, he said.

The date of the strike was not clear, although it was reported on April 12. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Omana district, Paktika province
  • References: Pajhwok News

AFG457Cii link

12 April 2018

A number of Taliban fighters were killed in security operations in Uruzgan province, Pajhwok News reported, but it was unclear who carried out the strikes. The breakdown between ground operations and air strikes was not clear. 

Four members of the group were allegedly killed and 17 others injured in security forces operation and an air strike in Khas Uruzgan district. Three more insurgents were reportedly killed and one injured in security forces artillery shelling and airstrike in Tarin Kot district, the provincial capital of the province. The breakdown between ground operations and air strikes was not clear. 

It was unclear when these strikes took place, but they were reported on April 12.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Uruzgan province
  • References: Pajhwok News

AFG457Ci link

11 April 2018

A large gathering of Taliban fighters came under attack from Afghan air and artillery strikes with the support of US forces, the 207th Zafar Corps, which is part of the Afghan army, reportedly said.

Khaama Press reported that the Zafar Corps said preliminary reports indicate that 35 insurgents were killed and at least 29 others were injured during the operation. 

The extent of the US involvement is not clear, but we have recorded the strikes reported as possible US strikes.

It was also not clear when the attack took place, although it was reported on April 11.  

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Bala Bolok district, Farah province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG457C link

8 April 2018

  • 4 reported killed

At least four members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in a drone strike carried out by US forces in Nangarhar, Khaama Press reported. 

Their information came from the 201st Silab Corps, which is part of the Afghan army. However, the  Bureau includes only strikes reported by named Afghan sources, or named and unnamed US sources, in its spreadsheet. 

The date of the strike was not clear, but it was reported on April 8. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Takht Dara area, Achin district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

Afghan Air Force strike link

8 April 2018

  • 8 reported killed

Eight fighters belonging to an unspecified militant group were allegedly killed in an air strike by Afghan forces in Badakhshan province, according to General Mohammad Radmanish, a spokesperson for the Afghan Ministry of Defence. 

General Radmanish said 13 air strikes had been carried out across the country over a 24 hour period. The number of casualties from these was not specified.

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Jurm district, Badakhshan province
  • References: Khaama Press

Afghan Air Force strike link

6 April 2018

  • 8 reported killed

“On Friday (April 6) afternoon Afghan National Army Air Force A-29 military planes struck two Taliban hideouts in Farghamerawi locality of Wardoj district," Army Spokesperson Hanif Rezai told Xinhua."The initial information found eight militants lost their lives after the sorties.” 

A stolen armoured military carrier, a heavy gun and three bunkers along with weapons and ammunition were also destroyed, he reportedly said.

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Farghamerawi area, Wardoj district, Badakhshan province
  • References: Xinhua

AFG457 link

5 April 2018

  • 2 reported killed

A US strike killed a senior commander of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State (IS-K) and his bodyguard in Faryab province's Bal Chiragh district, a Nato press release stated.

The commander, identified as Qari Hikmatullah, was also described as the main facilitator of IS-K fighters into northern Afghanistan.

"Hikmatullah, a native Uzbek, had a history of divided loyalties; first as an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader, followed by allegiance to the Taliban, and ultimately IS-K," the press release stated. 

"IS-K in Jowzjan province is the main conduit for external support and foreign fighters from Central Asian states into Afghanistan. Hikmatullah was the key leader for those operations," it added. 

Screen shot of photo reportedly showing Hikmatullah provided by US to DVIDS

Some Afghan officials have said that the airstrike was carried out by their own forces, but the press statement from Resolute Support, the Nato mission through which the US conducts the war in Afghanistan, specifically said it was a US strike.

The head of the Jowzjan provincial council, Abdul Hai Hayat, told Washington Post that Hikmatullah was killed in the Khawaja Arab village of Bal Chiragh district, which sits on the border with Jowzjan province. 

Hayat said the commander was ruthless, noting his group beheaded a well-known cleric and had also displayed publicly a bag containing dismembered remains of a man they killed.

The group has already reportedly named Mawlavi Habibul Rahman, another native Uzbek, as Hikmatullah’s successor. He is also believed to have had intermittent ties to the Taliban.

General Mohammad Radmanesh, a spokesperson for the Afghan Ministry of Defence, reportedly said Hikmatullah’s successor “does not have the efficiency and experience that he did”.

“ASSF and US counter-terrorism forces killed Hikmatullah and they will kill any successors,” said General John Nicholson, commander, US Forces-Afghanistan. “IS-K will be eliminated.”

Still from video provided by US showing strike on Hikmatullah. Two figures about to be targeted can be seen to the right.

AFG456C link

3 April 2018

  • 4 reported killed

At least four members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in a drone strike carried out by US forces in Nangarhar, Khaama Press reported.

Their information came from unnamed local officials. However, the Bureau includes only strikes reported by named Afghan sources, or named and unnamed US sources, in its spreadsheet. Therefor it will be recorded as a possible US strike. 

The strike reported occurred at around 11am local time and was carried out in support of Afghan forces on the ground. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Payin area, Haska Mena district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG456 link

3 April 2018

The US announced that strikes against Taliban revenue streams had expanded to western Afghanistan for the first time. 

Counter-revenue efforts began following new targeting authorities given last year, with the focus on hitting narcotics production facilities. 

"US Forces-Afghanistan and Afghan National Defence and Security Forces conducted strikes on 11 Taliban narcotics production facilities in Farah and Nimroz provinces April 3-5," a press release from Resolute Support said.  

It seems the strikes were carried out by the US, with American F-16s, A-10s and MQ-9s used and not aircraft flown by the Afghan Air Force. 

"The Taliban will have no safe havens. We will continue to exploit their networks and decimate their ability to develop narcotics," Major General James Hecker said when commenting on the strikes.

 "They have become a criminal organization that profits from selling drugs and using those funds to conduct operations that maim and kill Afghans. By cutting off the Taliban’s economic lifelines, we also reduce their ability to continue these terrorist activities.”  

There were no details on any casualties arising from the strikes in the press release. 

As 11 Taliban narcotics production facilities were hit, we have recorded 11 strikes under this entry. The strikes occurred between April 3 and 5 but we can only select a single date in our database. 

The press release said that since November 2017, the counter-revenue campaign has conducted 75 strikes against narcotics production facilities in Afghanistan.

USForces Afghanistan on Twitter

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Afghan Air Force strike link

2 April 2018

  • 36 reportedly killed, including 30 children
  • 71 injured, including 51 children

Over 30 children were killed and a further 51 injured in Afghan air force strikes in Kunduz's Dasht e Archi district on April 2, the UN's mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a report released in May. 

Multiple rockets and heavy machinegun fire targeted an open-air religious ceremony next to a madrassa where hundreds of men and boys had gathered, UNAMA said. It took place when lunch was about to be served for the attendees, and the crowd gathered also included members of the community, including children, who came to observe the ceremony or partake in the meal. 

The UN mission verified a total of 107 casualties (36 killed and 71 injured), with credible information indicating even higher figures. It noted that it could not confirm each individual's civilian status. The vast majority of the casualties were however children.  

UNAMA stated the following in its report: 

A key finding of this report is that the Government used rockets and heavy machinegun fire on a religious gathering, resulting in high numbers of child casualties, raising questions as to the Government’s respect of the rules of precaution and proportionality under international humanitarian law. Additionally, the timing and place of the attack, which occurred during a religious ceremony attended by hundreds of people, cannot be reconciled with the Government’s obligations under international humanitarian law to take all feasible measures to spare civilians and civilian objects from the harm of conflict, or, at minimum, to minimize incidental loss of civilian life and damage to civilian property.  

The full report can be found here: https://unama.unmissions.org/s... 

UNAMA News on Twitter

UNAMA actively looking in to disturbing reports of serious harm to civilians yesterday from airstrike at #DashtiArchi, #Kunduz. Human Rights team on ground establishing facts. All parties reminded of obligations to protect civilians from impact of armed conflict. #Afghanistan

According to the Government, the airstrike targeted senior Taliban leaders present in the area, including members of the Quetta Shura and of the Taliban ‘Red Unit’, who had allegedly gathered to launch an operation against Kunduz city. The President established a committee to investigate after acknowledging civilian casualties, and the province's governor also reportedly established a provincial-level investigation committee. UNAMA noted that at the time of the report's publications, neither had been publicly released their findings.

The initial official response was confusing. Defence Ministry Spokesperson Brigadier General Mohammad Radmanish denied civilians casualties. “During the attack by our helicopters, 21 terrorists, including a Taliban commander, have been killed,” he said. “It isn’t a residential area, and only terrorists and the Taliban were active in the place. There wasn’t any civilian in the area.” He later told reporters, according to Khaama Press, that civilians had died, but said this was a result of small arms fire from the Taliban and not an Afghan air strike. 

The Afghan defence ministry said the site attacked was being used as the training camp by the Taliban. A security official told AFP the group had been using the religious school to plan its annual spring offensive, with the use of a school seen as a possible way to avoid strikes. A local police official told Reuters a representative of the Taliban leadership council, based in Pakistan's Quetta, was visiting the area. He said the strike hit a gathering of Taliban fighters preparing an operation killing 15 and injuring a further ten, although he acknowledged civilian casualties had also occurred. 

Following the strike, reports suggested either a religious school or a mosque had been hit in the strike in Dasht e Archi district. Nasruddin Saadi, the district governor, said helicopters attacked while a religious ceremony attended by 1,000 people was taking place. The event had been organised to "recognise graduates, appoint mullahs and elevate junior mullahs", witnesses told New York Times. Others described it as a graduation ceremony. 

Witness have said those present included civilians, students, and also Taliban fighters, and the district governor has said armed militants were in attendance. The district is a Taliban stronghold. 

A local farmer, who told NYT his ten-year-old nephew had been injured in the strike, acknowledged that there had been a small number of armed Taliban fighters among the crowd, but said most attendees were civilians, including madrasa students and graduates and many children. The first rockets, he said, hit a group of youngsters. “Children come to any gathering where there is a free lunch,” he added.  

Estimates of the death toll ranged considerably. The highest estimate came from the Taliban, who said 150 religious scholars and civilians were killed. The district governor reported 70 people had died and 30 were injured. Mawlawi Abdullah, a Kunduz council member, said 50 to 60 people have been killed. Health officials in Kunduz city told Reuters five dead bodies and 40 wounded patients had been taken to city hospitals. While the Taliban said none of its members were present, none of the other estimates specified how many of the dead were civilians. 

Sayed Jaan, a resident of the area, told Reuters, he had attended two funerals for a total of almost 40 people. “There were two mass graves to bury the victims of the bombing and I took part in both burials. In one grave, 16, and in another, 21. Many were young children,” he said. “There were other burials and people were digging graves."

A spokesperson for US Forces - Afghanistan has said they carried out no strikes in Kunduz on that day. 

AFG455 link

1 April 2018

An US A-10 attack jet killed Taliban fighters who had ambushed Afghan forces in Helmand province’s Nad Ali district, Marine Captain Jesse Gonzalez, an US intelligence officer, told Washington Post. 

The attack was used as an example of how Afghan forces are providing enough information to allow the US to launch strikes without American personnel on the ground. There were no casualty estimates. 

  • Type of strike: US air strike
  • Location: Nad Ali district, Helmand province
  • References: Washington Post 

Afghan Air Force strike link

1 April 2018

  • 1 reported killed
  • 11 reported injured

An air strike carried out by the Afghan Air Force killed a local Taliban leader in Kandarhar province, Afghan officials reportedly told Khaama Press. 

The leader was identified as Mullah Lal Mohammad. At least 11 members of the group were allegedly also injured in the strike. 

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Nish district, Kandahar province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG454Ci link

31 March 2018

  • 5 reported killed
  • 6 reported injured

The Afghan Ministry of Defence said five members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in a strike in Ghazni province, but it was not clear whether the Afghan Air Force or the US carried out the strike.

A further six members of the group were reportedly injured.

It was not clear when the strike was carried out, but the MoD reported the strike on March 31. 

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Khogyani district, Ghazni province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG454C link

29 March 2018

  • 3 reported killed
  • 1 reported injured

At least three members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed and another injured in a US drone strike in Nangarhar province, according to the 201st Silab Corps, which is part of the Afghan army. Those killed were reportedly nationals of Uzbekistan. 

In the entry below we have recorded another strike that allegedly killed three members of the group and injured another, in Nangarhar's Deh Bala district. Deh Bala seems to be another name for Haska Mena. It could be the same strike. There is no clear date for either, with information on this one published on March 29 and information on the other published four days previously. 

The Bureau also only includes strikes reported by named Afghan sources, or named and unnamed US sources, in its spreadsheet. 

For these reasons we have not added this strike into our database. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Haska Mena district, Nangarhar province 
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG454 link

28 March 2018

  • 6 reported killed

At least six members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in a US drone strike in Kunar province, according to Faridullah Dehqan, the spokesperson for the provincial governor.

Dehqan said at least two of the group's commanders were killed. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Chapa Dara district, Kunar province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG453Ci link

25 March 2018

  • 5 reported killed

US drone strikes in the provinces of Kunar and Nangarhar killed at least five members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State, Khaama Press reported. 

Their information came from the 201st Silab Corps, which is part of the Afghan army. However, the  Bureau includes only strikes reported by named Afghan sources, or named and unnamed US sources, in its spreadsheet. 

The first strike reportedly hit in Nangarhar's Deh Bala district, killing three fighters and injuring another. 

Another strike took place in Kunar province's Chapa Dara district and is believed to have killed at least two members of the group.

The date of the strikes was not clear, but Khaama Press reported on them on March 25. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike 
  • Location: Nangarhar and Kunar province 
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG453C link

24 March 2018

At least fourteen members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in a US drone strike in Nangarhar province, Khaama Press reported based on a statement from the local government media office. Twelve of the dead were foreign nationals, it said.

The Bureau includes only strikes reported by named Afghan sources, or named and unnamed US sources, in its spreadsheet. This means we cannot add this particular strike to our database as yet. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Mehtar Khan area, Haska Mena district, Nangarhar province 
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG453 link

23 March 2018

  • 1 reported killed

A commander of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State was killed in a US drone strike in Kunar province, Colonel Sherin Aqa Faqiri, a spokesperson for a division of the Afghan army, told Pajhwok News. 

He identified the commander as Abdul Haq.

The date of the strike was not clear, but Pajhwok reported on it on March 23. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike 
  • Location: Serai area, Sawkai district, Kunar province
  • References: Pajhwok News

AFG452C link

22 March 2018

  • 4 reported killed, including 1 child

Four people, including a child, who travelled from India's Kerala to Afghanistan are said to have been killed in a US strike, The Hindu reported. They were allegedly part of a larger group from the Indian state that joined Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State. 

A relative of two members of the Kerala group received a message on March 22 saying four other members had been killed. The message had been sent by Ashfaq Majeed via Telegram. Majeed is also believed to be part of the group that left for Afghanistan. 

The dead were identified as Mohammad Mansad, Shihas, his wife Ajmala and their child. Shihas and his family were reportedly natives of the southern Kerala coastal hamlet of Padanna, while Mohammad came from nearby Thrikkarippur.

A senior government official has said that they have no way of checking the authenticity of the messages.

We are unable to include this strike in our database as a confirmed US strike, but we will record it here as a possible strike. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Unknown
  • References: The Hindu

Afghan Air Force strike link

22 March 2018

Air strikes carried out by Afghan forces targeted districts in Faryab province causing heavy militant casualties, according to the 209th Shaheen Corps, which is part of the Afghan army. 

The strikes hit Andkhoi and Pashtun Kot district. Strikes in the latter reportedly killed 24 fighters and injured a further five. 

It was not clear when the strikes took place, but they were reported on by Khaama Press on March 22. 

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Andkhoi and Pashtun Kot district, Faryab province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG452 link

22 March 2018

  • 8 reported killed

A US drone strike hit a hideout of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State killing eight members of the group, Colonel Sherin Aqa Faqiri, a spokesperson for a division of the Afghan army, told Pajhwok News. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike 
  • Location: Haska Mena district, Nangarhar province 
  • References: Pajhwok News

Afghan Air Force strike link

17 March 2018

  • 33 reported killed

The Afghan Ministry of Defence said that 33 insurgents were killed and three others injured in Afghan air strikes in Helmand and Uruzgan provinces, according to TOLO News. 

The first strike operation reportedly hit Nad All and Marja district in Helmand province killing 13. The second took place in Chora district of Uruzgan province and left 20 alleged insurgents dead. Weapons, vehicles and bases were destroyed, the statement said. 

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Helmand and Uruzgan province
  • References: TOLO News

AFG451 link

17 March 2018

  • 13 reported killed

An US air strike killed 13 Taliban insurgents manufacturing Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in a house in Kandahar, according to General Abdul Raziq, the provincial police chief. 

General Raziq said initial intelligence shows that two IED engineers were among the dead. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike 
  • Location: Khakriz district, Kandahar province 
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG450C link

16 March 2018

  • 6 reported killed

At least six members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed and a further two injured in a drone strike in Nangarhar province, Khaama Press reported.

Khaama's information came from a "provincial government media office" statement. However, the  Bureau includes only strikes reported by named Afghan sources, or named and unnamed US sources, in its spreadsheet. Therefor we cannot add this particular strike as yet.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Gorgori area, Haska Mena district, Nangarhar province 
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG450 link

16 March 2018

  • 2 reported killed

A US air strike on March 16 killed IS-K commanders Omair and Abu Samaya as they met in Sar e Pul province, a Nato press release said. 

The pair, the release said, had replaced Khitab Aka, the group’s head facilitator of foreign fighters in Jawzjan province, who was captured by Afghan forces in January.

"Every day, we’re going against IS-K," General John Nicholson said in the press release. "They were in southern Nangarhar. If you were to go there today, you would see some of the valleys that have been liberated from IS-K: the populations returning, the kids going back into school."

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Sar e Pul province
  • References: Nato press release

AFG449 link

16 March 2018

  • 35-37 reported killed
  • 12 reported injured

At least 37 members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in US strikes in Jawzjan province on March 16, according to Mohmmad Reza Ghafoori, the spokesperson for the province's governor. 

The strikes hit Sar Dara and Moghol villages in Darzab district and Chaqma Choqor village in Qishtepa district, both in Jawzjan province, Ghafoori said. Three bases of the group were destroyed in these, he said.

The Afghan military confirmed the attack, saying up to 35 members of the group were killed and another dozen wounded in pre-dawn strikes. 

As well as the strikes, a statement from the regional Afghan military reportedly said US special forces conducted a ground raid in Qishtepa and captured “a key Daesh commander”, along with several other aides. Ghafoori said ten militants were captured by the US.

We added two strikes into our database. We are unsure how many took place, but the reports talk of multiple strikes. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Darzab and Qishtepa district, Jawzjan province
  • References: TOLO NewsVOA

AFG448Ciii link

15 March 2018

  • 4 reported killed
  • 1 reported injured

A US drone strike in Kunar province killed at least four members of Afghanistans branch of Islamic State, Khaama Press reported based on information from the 201st Silab Corps, which is part of the Afghan army. 

The strike, reportedly carried out in Lechalam area of the province's Manogi district, injured one other fighter.

The Bureau includes only strikes reported by named Afghan sources, or named and unnamed US sources, in its spreadsheet. Therefor we cannot add this particular strike as yet.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Lechalam area, Manogi district, Kunar province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG448Cii link

14 March 2018

The "Command and Control Centre" of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State was hit by an air strike, the Ministry of Defence said, according to Khaama Press. 

"As a result the communication set up of the group has been eliminated," Khaama Press reported.

It was unclear whether US or Afghan forces carried out the strike so we have recorded this as a possible US strike. It was also not clear when the strike took place, but it was reported on March 14. 

There was no information on casualties. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Achin district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG448Ci link

13 March 2018

Two US strikes in Helmand province were reported by Khaama Press based on information from the 203rd Thunder Military Corps, which is part of the Afghan army. However, we cannot add either of these to are database as yet because we only include strikes from named Afghan sources.

One reportedly killed six insurgents and wounded a further four in Marja district. The group's commander, named as Maulvi Wafa, was allegedly among the dead. The other strike was said to have taken place in Nad Ali district, killing four and wounding a further two.

It was not clear when the strikes took place, but Khaama Press published the news report on them on March 13. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strikes
  • Location: Helmand province
  • References: Pajhwok

AFG448C link

12 March 2018

  • 6 reported killed

The Express Tribune reported six members of Islamic State were killed in a drone strike near the border with Pakistan. The strike hit in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province.

The son of the group's local commander is thought to have been killed in the attack, it reported. 

The sourcing is too vague to include this strike in our database was yet. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Nazyan district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Express Tribune

AFG448 link

11 March 2018

  • 0-25 reported killed
  • 0-14 reported injured

The US carried out a series of air strikes on Taliban positions in support of security forces in Kandahar, Provincial Police Spokesperson Zia Durrani said. 

The strikes came as Taliban insurgents attacked security posts on the Kandahar-Uruzgan highway on the night of March 11, he said. 

Durrani said the strikes and clashes with security forces killed at least 25 insurgents and injured a further 14. It was unclear how many of those died in the strikes themselves, so we have recorded a casualty range to reflect this. 

We added two strikes in our database. We are unsure how many took place, but the report indicated more than one. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Kandahar province
  • References: Khaama Press 

AFG447 link

9 March 2018

  • Unknown reported killed

The Air Force released a video of a US strike on what it described as a "Taliban narcotics production facility" in Helmand on March 9, published on DVIDS. In the video the target is however described as a Taliban checkpoint. 

"Since the launch in November 2017 of the campaign to eliminate major sources of Taliban revenue, US Forces-Afghanistan and the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces have destroyed 50 narcotics facilities and removed $35 million in direct Taliban revenues," text accompanying the video said. 

The aircraft used was a A-10 "Warthog". Reuters reported that the A-10 returned to Afghanistan for the first time since 2012 in January.

There was no mention of casualties. 

U.S. Artillery Strike on a Taliban Narcotics Production Facility in Helmand Province

U.S. artillery strike on a Taliban narcotics production facility in Helmand province on March 9th, 2018. Since the launch in November 2017 of the campaign to eliminate major sources of Taliban revenue, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces have destroyed 50 narcotics facilities and removed $35 million in direct Taliban revenues.

  • Type of strike: US strike - A-10 Warthog
  • Location: Helmand province
  • References: DVIDS

AFG446C link

8 March 2018

  • 5 reported killed

At least five members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in an drone strike in Nangarhar province, Khaama Press reported a statement from the "provincial police commandment" saying. 

The sourcing is too vague to include this in our database as yet. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Mamand Dara area, Achin district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG446 link

8 March 2018

  • Unknown reported killed

The Air Force released a video of a US strike on what it described as a "Taliban narcotics production facility" on March 8, published on DVIDS.

"The secondary explosion seen in the video is evidence that the facility was also used to store home-made explosives (HME), which would have been used by the Taliban to target the Afghan people in future attacks," the text accompanying the video said. 

The aircraft used was a A-10 "Warthog". Reuters reported that the A-10 returned to Afghanistan for the first time since 2012 in January.

There was no mention of casualties. 

U.S. A-10 Strike on a Taliban Narcotics Production Facility in Helmand Province

U.S. A-10 strike on a Taliban narcotics production facility in Helmand province on March 8, 2018. The secondary explosion seen in the video is evidence that the facility was also used to store home-made explosives (HME), which would have been used by the Taliban to target the Afghan people in future attacks.

Type of strike: US air strike
Location: Helmand province
References: DVIDS, Reuters 

AFG446Ci link

7 March 2018

Air strikes were called in after Taliban insurgents attacked a security post in Kandahar, Provincial Police Spokesperson Zia Durrani told Khaama Press. 

The checkpoint was stormed at midnight, he said. Air support arrived and by 2am 60 insurgents had been killed, Durrani added. 

It was unclear if the strikes were carried out by US or Afghan forces. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike 
  • Location: Maiwand district, Kandahar province
  • References: Khaama Press

Afghan Air Force strike link

7 March 2018

  • 7 reported killed

Seven Taliban insurgents were killed in a strike by the Afghan Air Force, Sarhadi Zwak, the provincial governor’s spokesperson, told Pajhwok News. 

However, there appears to be some confusion when it comes to the strikes location. While the news report says it occurred in Nangarhar, its title refers to operations in Laghman province. It also says the strike hit Alingar district in Nangarhar, but that district is in Laghman. Zwak is the spokesperson for Laghman province's governor. 

The group's commander, named as Zabihullah, was killed, he said. 

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Laghman province
  • References: Pajhwok

Afghan Air Force strike link

7 March 2018

  • 5 reported killed
  • 6 reported injured

At least five fighters belonging to an unspecified militant group were killed and another six were injured in Afghan air strikes in Faryab province, Ghulam Hazrat Karimi, a press officer for a military division, told Xinhua. 

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Pashton Kot district, Faryab province 
  • References: Xinhua

AFG445 link

7 March 2018

  • 12-21 reported killed, including 0-1 children

A US drone strike hit a Pakistan Taliban (TTP) facility in Afghanistan's Kunar province killing an estimated 21 insurgents, including the son of the TTP head, Pakistan intelligence officials and Taliban sources have said.

The son's death was later confirmed in a TTP statement. It reportedly identified him as 17-year-old Abdullah. The statement said the strike hit a religious school, killing 20 other students and teachers. The students' ages were not specified.

Other reports described the facility struck as a training camp for would be suicide bombers, with The Express Tribune reporting those killed were on their final day of training. Pakistan intelligence officials say it was hit during a visit from senior TTP figures prior to the fighters being sent to Pakistan. 

The Bureau reached out to the US for comment following news of the incident, but a Nato spokesperson said he could not confirm or deny the incident, stating he did "not have any information on the operation". 

Casualty figures differed - Reuters reported other TTP sources saying a dozen members of their group has been killed, while the Afghan defence ministry said 15 had died. Most sources appeared to say 21 people were killed. 

Mullah Fazlullah or Fazlullah Khorasani, the TTP chief who is believed to be hiding in Afghanisan, reportedly frequented the site. He is thought not to have been killed, with officials saying he was not present and Taliban sources saying he was but had not been killed. It was his son who is believed to have been killed. 

The intelligence officials also said the strike killed Qari Yaseen, described as a "master trainer of suicide bombers", and Gul Mohammad, the group's leader in Bajaur area. The Pentagon and TTP confirmed the death of a Qari Yasin in a US strike in March 2017. It is not clear if this is the same person. 

AFG444CV link

6 March 2018

  • 4 reported killed

Two US drone strikes were reported by Khaama Press based on information from the 201st Silab Corps, which is part of the Afghan army. 

However we cannot add either of these to are database as yet because we only include strikes from named Afghan sources.

One strike reportedly hit Nangarhar's Achin and killed two members of the country's branch of Islamic State. The other took place in Kunar province's Watapur district, allegedly killing at least a further two members of the group. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strikes
  • Location: Nangarhar and Kunar provinces
  • References: Khaama Press

Afghan Air Force strike link

4 March 2018

  • 7 reported killed

Seven members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in Afghan air strikes in Nangarhar's Achin district, the provincial governor has said. 

The strikes were carried out in the afternoon and destroyed a weapon's cache, the governor said. 

  • Type of strike: AAF trike
  • Location: Achin district, Nangarhar province 
  • References: Xinhua

AFG444CIV link

3 March 2018

  • 13 reported killed

Thirteen members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in strikes in Jawzjan province, but there was some confusion in the reporting surrounding the incident. 

Army Spokesperson Nasratullah Jamshidi told Xinhua the strikes were carried out by Afghan forces. "Acting upon intelligence report, the government forces' war planes struck the hideout of IS commander Qari Hekmatullah in Chakan area of Darzab district yesterday afternoon [March 3], killing 13 rebels on the spot," Jamshidi said.  

Colonel Abdul Hafeez Khashi, the deputy police chief, told Pajhwok that Nato strikes targeted the group's hideouts in Chagana village of Darzab district at around 0200 local time. 

The discrepancies in the reporting could indicate they are two separate strikes, however both officials say the strike they are referring to killed 13 members of Islamic State, two of which were foreign nationals.

  • Type of strike: AAF trike
  • Location: Darzab district, Jawzjan province
  • References: Xinhua, Pajhwok

AFG444Ciii link

1 March 2018

  • 7 reported killed

Two US drone strikes were reported by Khaama Press based on information from the 201st Silab Corps, which is part of the Afghan army. 

However we cannot add either of these to our database as yet because we only include strikes from named Afghan sources.

The first reportedly hit Nangarhar's Achin dsitrict and killed four members of Islamic State. The second was said to have taken place in Kapisa's Tagab district and killed three members of the group, including one of their commanders.

It was not clear when the strikes occurred, but they were reported on March 1.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Nangarhar and Kapisa provinces
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG444Cii link

26 February 2018

  • 3 reported killed
  • 3 reported injured

A US strike killed three members of a militant group, the 201st Silab Corps, which is part of the Afghan Army, has said. It did not specify which group they belonged to.  

It also said three further fighters were injured, including a local commander.

The Bureau includes only strikes reported by named Afghan sources, or named and unnamed US sources, in its spreadsheet. This means we cannot add this particular strike to our database.

A date for the strike was not given, but Khaama Press reported it on February 26. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike 
  • Location: Noor Lam Sahib valley, Alingar district, Laghman province 
  • References: Khaama Press

Afghan Air Force strike link

25 February 2018

  • 3 reported killed

An air strike carried out by Afghan forces in the evening hit a Taliban vehicle in Paktika province and killed three members of the group, according to the Afghan Ministry of Interior. 

No civilians were killed, according to the ministry. 

AFG444Ci link

24 February 2018

  • 3 reported killed

At least three members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State have been killed in US drone strikes in Kunar province, according to the 201st Silab Corps, which is part of the Afghan army. Khaama Press reported their statement. 

A local leader of the group was allegedly killed. He was identified as Mohib, described as the son of Abdul Nabi.

The Bureau includes only strikes reported by named Afghan sources, or named and unnamed US sources, in its spreadsheet. This means we cannot add this particular strike to our database.

It was not clear when the strike was carried out, but it was reported on February 24. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike 
  • Location: Manogi district, Kunar province  
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG444C link

23 February 2018

  • Six reported killed
  • Seven reported injured

Six Taliban fighters were killed and seven others injured in a strike in the capital of Sar I Pul province, according to Mohammad Zahir Wahdat, the provincial governor. 

Two local Taliban commanders were among the dead, he said, identifying them as Mullah Ismail, also known as Sangaryar, and Qari Samiullah, also known as Mahaz. A number of vehicles and weaponry were destroyed in the attack, the governor added. 

Following the strike, a kidnapped Afghan army commando was reportedly rescued. 

It was not clear whether Afghan or US forces carried out the strike. It is recorded here as a possible US strike to reflect the ambiguity. 

The date of the strike was also not clear, but it was reported on February 23. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike 
  • Location: Nimdan area, Sar I Pul city, Sar I Pul province 
  • References: Pajhwok

AFG444 link

22 February 2018

  • 1 reported killed

A US strike killed a TTP deputy commander and Al Qaeda facilitator named Rehan in Paktika province's Bermal district, according to Nato forces. The strike was shown in a video on DVIDS, released by NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan. It showed a vehicle being hit. 

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Text accompanying the video said Rehan is the second significant TTP deputy commander killed in Paktika this year. The first is Sanja Meshoud, who it said was killed in a strike on January 27. This strike was not in our database but has now been added. 

"As TTP deputy commanders, Rehan and Meshoud yielded influence within Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda provides funding to the TTP. The TTP, in turn, facilitate Al Qaeda travel and operations in the region. The removal of Rehan and Meshoud degrades Al Qaeda’s ability to fund and direct TTP and other violent extremists throughout Paktika and the surrounding areas," the text said. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike 
  • Location: Bermal district, Paktika province
  • References: DVIDS

AFG443Cii link

22 February 2018

  • 3 reported killed
  • 1 reported injured

Three members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed and one other wounded in a US drone strike in Nangarhar province, according to the 201st Silab Corps, which is part of the Afghan Army. 

The Bureau includes only strikes reported by named Afghan sources, or named and unnamed US sources, in its spreadsheet. This means we cannot add this particular strike to our database.

A date for the strike was not given, but Khaama Press reported it on February 22. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Langari area, Deh Bala district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

Afghan Air Force strike link

18 February 2018

  • 11 reported killed

A tweet from the Afghan Ministry of Defence reportedly said 11 members of Islamic State were killed in an Afghan air strike in Nangarhar province, according to Xinhua. 

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Achin district, Nangarhar province 
  • References: Xinhua

AFG443Ci link

17 February 2018

  • 3-8 reported killed
  • 0-5 reported injured

An air strike destroyed a drug lab in Farah province's Bakwa district, but the reporting differed when it came to the casualty toll and whether the US or Afghan forces carried out the strike. 

TOLO News, citing the Afghan Ministry of Defence, said  the strike was carried out by Afghan forces. At least three insurgents were killed and a further five injured. Khaama Press said that eight insurgents were killed in what it reported as a US strike. It's source was police officials in the province. 

It was not clear when the strike took place, but both news sites reported it on February 17. 

We are unable to include this in our database of confirmed US strikes due to the above. We will record it here as a possible US strike. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Bakwa district, Farah province 
  • References: Khaama Press, TOLO News

AFG443C link

17 February 2018

  • 1 reported killed

A US drone strike in Nangarhar province hit a "hideout" of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State and killed one member of the group, reported Khaama Press. The source of this information was the 201st Silab Corps, which is part of the Afghan army.

The Bureau includes only strikes reported by named Afghan sources, or named and unnamed US sources, in its spreadsheet. This means we cannot add this particular strike to our database. It will be recorded here as a possible strike. We update this post when or if more information comes to light.

It was not clear when the strike took place, although it was reported on February 17. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Mamand area, Achin district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG443 link

16 February 2018

  • 7 reported killed

Seven members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in a US drone strike in Kunar province, according to Mohammad Zaman Ayyar, the provincial deputy police chief.

He told Pajhwok News that a "notorious" commander was among those killed in the attack, which he said occurred late on February 16. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Degal area, Chapa Dara district, Kunar province
  • References: Pajhwok

Afghan Air Force strike link

15 February 2018

  • 35 reported killed

Air strikes carried out by Afghan forces have killed at least 35 insurgents in Kandahar province, according to an Afghan Ministry of Defence statement reported by TOLO News.

“Thirty five insurgents were killed, seven vehicles and some weapons and ammunitions were destroyed in ANA (Afghan army) air strikes in Nesh district of Kandahar,” it said.

The statement, reported on February 15, said the strikes had happened in the past 24 hours.

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Nesh district, Kandahar province 
  • References: TOLO News 

AFG442CV link

14 February 2018

  • 7 reported killed
  • 4 reported injured

Khaama Press reported that a local Taliban leader was killed in a US strike in strike in Uruzgan province based on accounts from unnamed local officials. 

The strike reportedly killed a further five Taliban members and wounded a further four. The leader was identified as Mullah Ghazi.

A local leader of the Taliban group was killed in an airstrike conducted by the US forces in southen Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Garam Aab area, outskirts of Tarin Kot city, Uruzgan province
  • References: Khaama Press

Afghan Air Force strike link

11 February 2018

  • 5 reported killed
  • 3 reported injured

The Afghan Ministry of Defence announced a strike in Takhar province, according to TOLO News.

According to the ministry, five insurgents were killed, including a Taliban commander known as Mullah Mir Wali. Three others were reportedly wounded. Two have been identified as Qari Sefat and Mawolavi Aram

The date of the strike was not clear, but it was reported on February 11. 

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Durqad district, Takhar province.
  • References: TOLO News

Afghan Air Force strike link

11 February 2018

  • 4 reported killed

The Afghan Ministry of Defence announced a strike in Uruzgan province, according to TOLO News.

The strike reportedly hit insurgent "hideouts" in an area on the outskirts of Tarin Kot city, the provincial capital. Four insurgents are believe to have been killed.

A weapons cache was also destroyed, it said.

The date of the strike was not clear, but it was reported on February 11. 

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Outskirts of Tarin Kot city, Uruzgan province
  • References: TOLO News

AFG442CIV link

9 February 2018

  • 2 reported killed

Two members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in a drone strikes in Nangarhar province, according to a provincial government statement reported by Xinhua. 

The Bureau includes only strikes reported by named Afghan sources, or named and unnamed US sources, in its spreadsheet. This means we cannot add this particular strike to our database. It will be recorded here as a possible strike. We update this post when or if more information comes to light.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Bandaar area, Achin district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Xinhua

Afghan Air Force strike link

8 February 2018

  • 7 civilians reported killed

Residents and a local council head say an Afghan Air Force strike killed at least seven members of a single family in Khost province.

"Five brothers have been martyred in the airstrike, another is my nephew. He was living with me. And another is my cousin," Alijan Koshi, member of the family, told Afghanistan Times. 

"Tell us who we are and to which country we belong? I swear to God that the seven people who have been martyred were not Taliban. They were ordinary people. They went there to visit their friends and families, but someone came and reported their presence for some dollars," said Haji Gulmarjan Faroodqi, head of the Kochi tribe's council in Khost. 

A security official from the provincial police headquarters confirmed operations in the area, but did not confirm civilian casualties. He said a team had been sent to investigate the incident. 

On February 7, a top US commanders said that the Afghan Air Force are now conducting more missions than US forces.

It is not clear when the strike took place, although it was reported first reported on February 8. 

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Bati Tana village, Ali Sher district, Khost province
  • References: Afghanistan Times, Pajhwok

AFG442Ciii link

8 February 2018

  • 2-6 reported killed

The Pakistan Taliban (TTP) have confirmed the death of their deputy commander in a drone strike. He also is believed to the head of the Mehsud faction that broke away from the group and later rejoined

The commander, Khan Sayed, was also known as Khalid Sajna or Khalid Mehsud. He was wanted by Pakistan for various incidents, including masterminding a jail break in 2012 during which nearly 400 inmates escaped. 

This is not the first time Sayed has been reported dead. Unnamed Pakistan officials said he was killed in a drone strike in November 2015, but a Taliban spokesperson denied this at the time. The latest reports of his death are seen as more reliable as the TTP has appointed another commander, Mufti Noor Wali, to replace him.

According to a BBC analyst, Sayed is the most important militant leader to have been killed since the August 2016 killing of Hafiz Saeed Khan, leader of Islamic State in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The strike hit close to the Afghan-Pakistan border, but it was unclear on what side it fell. Pakistan intelligence officials have said that the commander was killed along with five security guards as they entered Pakistan territory from the Afghan side, which could explain the confusion. 

Anadolu Agency and Express Tribune say the strike took place in Margha area in Paktika province's Barmal district, which is close to the border with Pakistan's North Waziristan but in Afghanistan. The News placed it in Afghanistan's Gorek area. Dawn reported that a political administration official said two missiles were fired at the compound in the Gorwek area, which it seemed to place in North Waziristan. A Taliban spokesperson also placed the strike there. 

The details became further confused in March when the US military claimed a Sajna Meshoud, described as a TTP deputy commander, was killed in Paktika province's Bermal district on January 27. This is in Afghanistan, but falls close to the border with Pakistan. One report suggested this was the same commander.  

Two sources told the Express Tribune that Sanja was killed along with his nephew and two guards. A close aide told Anadolu that two other commanders and the driver died when their car was attacked. Daily Pakistan reports two Haqqani Network members were also killed. Three Haqqani network members were killed and several others were reportedly wounded, according to The News. Geo TV put the death toll at two. 

Due to the lack of clarity over on what side of the border the strike hit, we have been unable to include this strike in either the Afghanistan or Pakistan database. We have included it in both country timelines as a possible strike. 

The date of the strikes was also not clear, with reporting suggesting it took place on either February 6, 7 or 8.

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AFG442Cii link

7 February 2018

  • 14 reported killed

At least fourteen members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in strikes in Jawzjan province, according to the Afghan Army's 209th Shaheen Corps, as reported by Khaama Press.

Two of the dead were allegedly Uzbekistan nationals. 

The strikes were said to have hit hideouts in Sardara, Maktab Imam Bukhtari, Bibi Maryam, Aqsai and Maimana Qeshlaq areas of Darzab district. 

It was not clear whether these strikes were carried out by Afghan or US forces.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Darzab district, Jawzjan province 
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG442Ci link

7 February 2018

  • 4 children reported killed

Harif Noori, the government spokesperson for Ghazni province, told Xinhua that four children had been killed in an air strike, although he did not say whether the strike was carried out by Afghan or US forces.

We have recorded it here as a possible US strike. We have also reached out to Resolute Support asking whether they carried out military operations in the area on that date. While they did not say, a spokesperson said they were investigating the allegation and would respond asap. As of May 9, there has not been a response. We have chased this. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike 
  • Location: Dih Yak district, Ghazni province 
  • References: Xinhua 

AFG442C link

7 February 2018

Reports surfaced of a possible other strike, but there was a lack of clarity over many of the details. 

According to Reuters, four Pakistani intelligence officials and three Taliban commanders said that two separate US strikes hit on February 7. The first was the one listed in the entry below, which they said took place in Afghanistan's Paktika province, while the three Taliban commanders said the second targeted a compound in Gurwek town in Pakistan's North Waziristan. Reuters points put that the two areas are adjacent and so the officials and commanders could in-fact be talking about the same strike. 

Meanwhile, AP also reported two strikes, but said these occurred on February 8. One hit Gurwek, the town mentioned by Reuters, killing seven fighters. The other strike hit a vehicle killing four insurgents in Barmal distict, according to a local police chief, but they placed this in Paktia province. Barmal appears to be in Paktika, but the two provinces are neighbouring. 

The lack of clarity over these strikes means we cannot include them in our databases. We have recored them as possible strikes in both our Afghan and Pakistan timelines. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Pakistan-Afghan border
  • References: AP, Reuters 


AFG442 link

4 February 2018

On February 6, the US announced a series of strikes in the northern province of Badakhshan. More details on this announcement can be found in the entry below.  

In a press briefing following the strikes, Air Force Maj. Gen. James B. Hecker, the commander of NATO Air Command-Afghanistan, introduced videos of two of these. 

The first one is detailed below. This entry records the strike shown in the second video. Like the first, it hit a Taliban training camp in Badakhshan on February 4. A US Air Force B-52 Stratofortres was also used. 

Screen shot of video showing target before strike
Target after strike

AFG441 link

4 February 2018

On February 6, the US announced a series of strikes in the northern province of Badakhshan.

"Over the past 96 hours, US forces conducted air operations to strike Taliban training facilities in Badakhshan province, preventing the planning and rehearsal of terrorist acts near the border with China and Tajikistan by such organizations as the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and others," a Resolute Support press release read.

"The strikes also destroyed stolen Afghan National Army vehicles that were in the process of being converted to vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices," it added. 

The Taliban and ETIM were commingled on the facilities that were bombed, and often work together, US Air Force Brig. Gen. Lance R. Bunch told the Washington Post. “Anybody that is an enemy of Afghanistan, we’re going to target them,” he said. “We’ve got new authorities now that allow us to be able to . . . target the Taliban and the ETIM where they previously thought they were safe.”

During these strikes, a US Air Force B-52 Stratofortres dropped 24 precision guided munitions on Taliban fighting positions, which the press release said set a record for the most guided munitions ever dropped from a B-52. 

In a press briefing following the strikes, a Nato commander showed videos of two of these. One of these hit a Taliban training camp in the province on February 4, carried out using a B-52. 

Screen shot taken from video of target before strike
Target following strike

AFG440C link

3 February 2018

  • 3 reported killed

At least three members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed by drone strikes in Nangarhar province's Haska Mena district, according to a statement from the local governor's office reported by Khaama Press.

The Bureau includes only strikes reported by named Afghan sources, or named and unnamed US sources, in its spreadsheet. Therefor, this strike cannot be added to our database as yet.

A date was not given for the strikes, but they were reported on February 3. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Haska Mena district, Nangarhar province 
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG440 link

2 February 2018

In a press briefing on February 7, a Resolute Support air commander showed a video of a B-52 strike on February 2. The commander said it hit a Taliban narcotics factory in Helmand. 

No additional details were provided.

Screen shot from video of strike

Afghan Air Force strike link

31 January 2018

  • 2-12 reported killed, including possible civilian casualties

Reports surfaced of civilians killed in a strike in Faryab district, but there is some conflict over who it killed.

The local police said the Afghan Air Force had targeted a house of a local commander, known as Ajmal, and that 12 fighters had been killed in the strike. A spokesperson for a division of the Afghan army said a Taliban base had been hit killing seven insurgents, but he said the commander's wife and a child were wounded in the attack. 

Mualvi Ghulam Sakhi, prayer leader of a local mosque, denied any Taliban fighters had been killed. He said five civilians, including his daughter, three children and an elderly man were killed and over ten people injured.

Asadullah, described as an influential figure in the area, rejected claims the strike targeted Taliban members. He told Pajhwok that strike killed five civilians and wounded a further 14.

One resident told local media that two children had been killed. A further 13 had been injured, including four women, four children and five men. They had been family members of the Taliban commander, the resident said. 

The head of a local hospital seemed to confirm the above casualty figures. Syed Qasem Parsa said two dead bodies were brought to the hospital. Thirteen people also arrived injured, including four women, four children and five men. He said some of the injured were in a critical condition.

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Shabakthtoe area, Khawaja Sabz Posh district, Faryab province
  • References: Pajhwok, Frontier Post

AFG439 link

30 January 2018

  • 26 reported killed
  • 20-22 reported injured

A US strike targeting a Taliban meeting in Ghazni province killed 26 insurgents and wounded a further 20, according to Mohammad Arif Noori, the provincial governor’s spokesperson. 

“The Taliban had gathered to plan how to prevent an ongoing Afghan forces operation in this province, but they came under an airstrike,” Noori said. It hit in the afternoon in Andar district's Attal area. 

AP reported Noori saying two strikes hit a building where the Taliban meeting was gathered. Among the dead was a senior commander, known as Aqhani, who reportedly ran the insurgency in Ghazni province. To AP, Noori said 22 insurgents had been injured in the strike. 

A Taliban spokesperson also confirmed the attack, but denied a meeting had been the target. “Taliban never organize major meetings in such a sensitive situation,” the spokesperson said.

Other sources were a little unclear over who was killed in the strike. Mohammad Shah, a resident of Andar district, told Khaama Press, “Civilians also exist in the area, but it is unclear who are killed in this incident.” Antiwar.com reported that the first strike hit a group of people, while the second launched an hour later and hit those tending to the casualties from the first. The sourcing for their information was unclear. 

AFG438 link

27 January 2018

  • 1 reported killed

A US strike on January 27 in Paktika province's Bermal district killed a TTP deputy commander named Sanja Meshoud, according to Nato forces. 

His death surfaced in the text of a video released by NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan which showed a strike on another significant deputy commander the following month. 

The Pakistan Taliban (TTP) confirmed the death of their deputy commander in a drone strike on February 8. The commander, Khan Sayed, was also known as Khalid Sajna or Khalid Mehsud. It is unclear whether this is the same person. The FDD's Long War Journal suggests so. 

"As TTP deputy commanders, Rehan and Meshoud yielded influence within Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda provides funding to the TTP. The TTP, in turn, facilitate Al Qaeda travel and operations in the region. The removal of Rehan and Meshoud degrades Al Qaeda’s ability to fund and direct TTP and other violent extremists throughout Paktika and the surrounding areas," the text said. 

AFG437C link

22 January 2018

  • 1 reported killed

A US drone strike killed a "key" member of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State, according to unnamed local security officials reported in Khaama Press. 

The member killed was reportedly the father of one of the group's commanders. It seems the commander was called Abdul Khaliq. It is unclear what role the man killed may have carried out within Islamic State, as only his sons's role is reported. 

The sourcing is too vague to count this strike in our database as yet. The date of the strike was not given, but it was reported on January 22. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Haska Mena district, Nangarhar province 
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG437 link

20 January 2018

  • 50 reported killed

Two strikes hit Taliban "hideouts" in Paktika province on the night of January 20, according to the police chief in the province. 

“Foreign forces conducted an airstrike in Barmal district where thirteen Taliban members and a commander, Turabi, were killed and in another operation by foreign forces in Nika district fifty Taliban were killed,” Hashimi said. 

Only the US, and the Afghans, are known to fly strike missions in the country. 

This entry records the strike in Nika district. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Nika District, Paktika province
  • References: TOLO News

AFG436 link

20 January 2018

  • 14 reported killed

Two strikes hit Taliban "hideouts" in Paktika province on the night of January 20, according to the police chief in the province. 

“Foreign forces conducted an airstrike in Barmal district where thirteen Taliban members and a commander, Turabi, were killed and in another operation by foreign forces in Nika district fifty Taliban were killed,” Hashimi said. 

Only the US, and the Afghans, are known to fly strike missions in the country. 

This entry records the strike in Barmal district.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Barmal District, Paktika province
  • References: TOLO News

AFG435Cii link

17 January 2018

  • 3 reported killed
  • 3 reported injured

At least three fighters were killed and three others injured in a US drone strike, officials from the 201st Silab Corps, part of the Afghan army, told Khaama Press.

The airstrike reportedly hit a vehicle carrying armed fighters. 

A date for the strikes was not given, although they were reported on January 17. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Dandu Nokar Khel area, Khogyani district, Nangarhar province 
  • References: Khaama Press

Afghan Air Force strike link

16 January 2018

  • 1-17 reported killed

At least 17 fighters were killed and nearly a dozen injured in a strike carried out by Afghan forces in Badakhshan province, an intelligence official told Pajhwok. 

The official said an A-29 aircraft carried out the attack on the hideouts of "foreign terrorists" using the house of someone identified as Almas Khan as their headquarters. 

A member of the provincial council, Javid Mujadidi, however seemed to say the strike killed one individual and injured four others. 

A date for the strike was not given but it was reported on January 16. 

  • Type of strike: AAF
  • Location: Khastak area, Juram district, Badakhshan province
  • References: Pajhwok

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15 January 2018

Two different US drone strikes in Nangarhar province killed an estimated 23 members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State, according to a statement from the 201st Silab Corps, a part of the Afghan army, as reported by Khaama Press. A separate Khaama Press article reported Taliban insurgents were also among the dead. 

A strike in Mamand Daga area of Achin district killed 21, the statement said. Another in Marki area of Sherzad district reportedly killed two fighters, identified as Osman and Abba

The Bureau includes only strikes reported by named Afghan sources, or named and unnamed US sources, in its spreadsheet. This has been included as a possible strike as a result of its sourcing. 

The strike in Sherzad was reported to have taken place on January 15, but a date for the other strike was not given. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Nangarhar province 
  • References: Khaama Press 

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14 January 2018

  • 9-17 reported killed

Members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in two separate drone strikes in Nangarhar province, according to a statement from the provincial police and the 201st Silab Corps, part of the Afghan National Army. 

There was contradictory reporting on the strikes. Khaama Press reported the police saying a strike hit Achin district killing 14 fighters and a further strike in Haska Mina killed three others. TOLO News however reported the police statement said 14 died in in Haska Mina and three in Achin. It also reported the army statement saying one fighter died in Achin district, while eight died in Deh Bala district, which seems to be another name for Haska Mena.

A date was not given for the strikes, but they were reported by TOLO News and Khaama Press on January 14. 

Due to the confusion in the reporting, we will not include this in our database as yet. If more information comes to light, we will update this post. 

Type of strike: Possible US strike
Location: Nangarhar province
References: Khaama Press, TOLO News

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14 January 2018

  • 3 reported killed

Three members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in a drone strike in Nuristan province on the night of January 14, according to Sayed Momand, the province's government spokesperson. 

The US is the only country known to be flying armed drones in Afghanistan.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike 
  • Location: Want Waigal district, Nuristan province 
  • References: Xinhua

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11 January 2018

  • 8-13 reported killed

Afghan sources told AFP that US forces launched a strike on an Afghan government militia following an insider attack in Nangarhar province.

The US soldiers were patrolling in Achin, a strong-hold of Islamic State, when there was a "shooting incident", according to Hakim Khan, a commander of the militia involved. US forces then conducted a strike on the group, he said. 

A militia fighter who survived the attack and a local neighbourhood representative told AFP that the strike came after an "infiltrator" in the militia shot at the US troops. 

In an earlier Khaama Press report, the Taliban said a member of their group infiltrated the "public uprising forces", a form of local defence forces. However, a security official reported that a clash broke out after a verbal incident and at least eight members of the group were killed. 

Khan believes 13 men were killed. An AFP reporter saw at least eight fighters being buried.

Resolute Support have reportedly not confirmed carrying out a strike as yet, but did say there had been an "active ground engagement". A US soldier was injured but is in a stable condition, it said. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike 
  • Location: Achin district, Nangarhar province 
  • References: Khaama Press, AFP

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11 January 2018

  • 3 reported killed

The Afghan Air Force launched strikes against Islamic State targets in Kunar province in response to a large-scale attack repulsed earlier in the week, according to a statement from the 201st Silab Corps, part of the Afghan National Army. 

Three members of the group were killed in the strikes and weapons were destroyed, according to the statement.

A date for the strikes was not given, but they were reported by Khaama Press on January 11. 

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Suki district, Kunar province 
  • References: Khaama Press

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10 January 2018

  • 21 reported killed

The Afghan Ministry of Defence said strikes in Farah killed at least 21 fighters from an unspecified militant group, although it was not clear if Afghan or US forces had carried out the strikes. 

The dead reportedly included seven nationals of Pakistan. Three vehicles and several weapons were destroyed. 

It was not clear when they were carried out, but Khaama Press reported the strikes on January 10. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Khak e Safid district, Farah province 
  • References: Khaama Press

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6 January 2018

  • 1 reported killed

A key Taliban leader was killed in a strike in Helmand, according to a statement from the Helmand governor's office, although it was unclear if the strike was carried out by US or Afghan forces.

The Taliban leader was not named, but the statement claimed he was responsible for "financial deals and providing logistics" for the fighters. He was allegedly in contact with the group's leadership and had been arranging weapons and "military kits" for the insurgents. 

No other casualties were reported.

The date of the strike was not clear, but it was reported on January 6.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Nad e Ali district, Helmand province
  • References: Khaama Press

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5 January 2018

  • 14 reported killed

At least 14 members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in a strike in Laghman province, local police told TOLO News, but they did not specify whether it was carried out by Afghan or US forces.

The dead reported included two commanders of the group. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Kondgul area, Alingar district, Laghman province
  • References: TOLO News

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5 January 2018

  • 21 reported killed

A series of strikes were reportedly carried out on Islamic State targets in Nangarhar's Haska Mena district, including on one of the group's training camps, the provincial government media office has said. 

The strike on the camp killed ten members of the group as they were receiving training, the statement said. Two compounds belonging to Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were also hit, reportedly killing five fighters.

The statement said a further six fighters were killed in a strike during ground operations. 

However, it was not clear whether these strikes were carried out by Afghan or US forces. It was also not clear when the strikes took place, although they were reported by Khaama Press on January 5. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike 
  • Location: Nangarhar province 
  • References: Khaama Press

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1 January 2018

  • 7 reported killed

Two different US strikes in Nangarhar province killed seven fighters, Khaama Press reported. The sourcing was however too vague to include these strikes in our database as yet. 

The first strike reportedly hit Bati Kot district killing five Taliban fighters, while the second hit Achin killing two members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike 
  • Location: Nangarhar province 
  • References: Khaama Press 

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1 January 2018

  • 0-26 reported killed, possible civilian casualties

A police chief in Jawzjan province has told Radio Free Afghanistan that Afghan strikes on a meeting of Islamic State fighters killed more than two dozen, and also led to civilian casualties. 

However, the chief allegedly cites the use of drones to carry out the strikes - the US is the only country known to be flying armed drones in Afghanistan. He also provides detailed information on the identity of those killed within hours of the strike, something questioned by RFA in their reporting, especially as the region has been largely under the control of Islamic State for more than two years. The chief also appears to offer contradictory information regarding the civilian casualties to two different new sites.  

“Based on the specific target information, our aircraft targeted major meetings of Daesh (Islamic State) in the village of Saradara and Alkhani [in Darzab district],” Police Chief Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani told RFA.  “More than 26 people were killed in the attacks, which included some foreigners and prominent militant commanders, and many more were injured.”

Jawzjani said three French nationals and four fighters from Uzbekistan were killed in the strikes. “The dead included famous militant commander Qari Zia, who was also known as Shuja. The other prominent militants were named as Yaqub and Shaikh, who was a judge and had recently arrived from [the IS enclave] in eastern Nangarhar Province,” he told RFA. 

The police chief also told RFA that two civilians were also killed in the strikes as they had gone to the meeting to resolve a tribal issue. However, in comments to Pajhwok, he says two civilians in Islamic State custody had been injured. The discrepancy could be a result of more information surfacing in the aftermath. 

A commander of the "public uprising group" put the civilian death toll at higher. He told Pajhwok ten civilians had been killed in the strike, including five women and a child. The victims had been travelling when Islamic State fighters stopped their vehicle to use it to evacuate injured fighters, he said.  

A police spokesperson told Pajhwok that he had not recieved reports of civilian casualties from the strikes. 

The above will be recorded as possible US strikes. While the police chief alleges they were carried out by Afghan forces, the reported use of a drone could suggest otherwise. 

There is also a lack of clarity over the date of the strikes - Radio Free Afghanistan reports them on January 2, while Pajhwok believes they took place the previous night. Jawzjani is the source for both dates. 

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1 January 2018

  • 61 reported killed, including 1 civilian
  • 30 reported injured, including 14 civilians

In a statement, the Nangarhar governor's office said that at least sixty members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed and a further 18 injured in "joint" Afghan-US strikes in Nangarhar province. 

The statement, reported in Khaama Press, said one civilian was also killed and at least 14 others injured. They had been used by fighters as human shields. it said. 

It is not clear what is meant by "joint" strikes so we have recorded these as possible US strikes.

The strikes hit Gorgori, Shinkai, and Angor areas of Haska Mena district. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike 
  • Location: Haska Mena district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press