Afghanistan: Reported US covert actions 2019

The timeline below contains information on all US air attacks on Afghanistan recorded by the Bureau in 2019. 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 2019
Strikes recorded by the Bureau
Total reported strikes 636-637
Total reported killed 26-315
Civilian reported killed 4-75
Children reported killed 0-11
Total reported injured 10-21
US Air Force reported air operations, Afghanistan 2019
Total Close Air Support (CAS) sorties with at least one weapon release 176
Total CAS sorties 670
Total weapons released 463

Strikes

AFG1408CXiii link

18 March 2019

  • 16 reported killed

Airstrikes in Helmand province and Uruzgan province killed 16 Taliban fighters and destroyed an operations centre, Khaama Press reported.

Their "informed military sources" said that the 16 fighters were killed in the strikes in Helmand's Kajai district and Uruzgan's Tarin Kot City - though they did not appear to specify how many died in each strike.

Their sources further noted that a structure being used as a Taliban operations centre in Helmand's Sangin district was destroyed.

They stated that the airstrike had happened during the last 24 hours, but it is unclear whether they were on 17 or 18, so we have recorded it as the date that Khaama Press reported on it.

It is unclear whether US air support or Afghan forces were responsible for the attack, so we are unable to record it in our database of confirmed US strikes.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Kajai & Sangin districts, Helmand province & Tarin Kot City, Uruzgan province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

AFG1408CXii link

18 March 2019

  • 2 reported killed

An airstrike in Khoshi district, Khost, killed two Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported.

Khaama Press' information came from "informed military sources" who stated that the airstrike had happened during the last 24 hours. It is unclear when this strike occurred, so we have recorded it as the date that Khaama Press reported on it.

It is unclear whether US air support or Afghan forces were responsible for the attack, so we are unable to record it in our database of confirmed US strikes.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Khoshi district, Khost province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

AFG1408CX link

17 March 2019

  • 12 reported killed

Airstrikes in Nangahar killed seven Taliban fighters and five fighters from Afghanistan's branch of the Islamic State, Khaama Press reported.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan military said that Kateeb Ur Rehman, a commander of Afghanistan's branch of the Islamic State, was killed in a strike along with four others.

Khaama Press did give a date for this strike, so we have recorded it as the date that Khamma Press reported on.

Two fighters from Afghanistan's branch of the Islamic State were also killed in an airstrike in Khogyani two days prior to this report. Although Khaama Press had already reported on that strike, it may be the same incident with an updated death toll. The other strike is recorded below as AFG1408CViii.

In a separate report, Khaama Press reported details of the strike on the Taliban fighters on this day. Both were in Khogyani, but it is not clear whether the groups were targeted in separate strikes.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan military reportedly said in a statement that Afghan Special Forces called in air support after coming under fire during an operation against the Taliban.

The seven Taliban fighters that were killed were thought to be involved in the planning and coordination of local suicide attacks and roadside bombings.

It is unclear whether US air support or Afghan forces were responsible for the attacks, so we are unable to record them in our database of confirmed US strikes.

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

AFG1408CiX link

16 March 2019

  • 8 reported killed

Two airstrikes in Kunduz province killed eight Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported.

Afghan Special Forces were reportedly conducting a multi-day ground operation in the Chahar district when the coordinated airstrikes took place.

It is unclear whether US air support or Afghan forces were responsible for the attack, so we are unable to record it in our database of confirmed US strikes.

Their information came from "informed military sources" but they were not able to positively say what day the strike happened on - only reporting that it had happened in the last 24 hours. We have recorded it as the date that Khaama Press reported it on.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Chahar district, Kunduz province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

AFG1408CViii link

15 March 2019

  • 2 reported killed

Two fighters from Afghanistan's branch of the Islamic State were killed in an airstrike in eastern Nangarhar province, Khaama Press reported.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan military said in a statement that the airstrike was carried out in the late afternoon on Friday 15 in Khogyani district.

It is unclear whether US air support or Afghan forces were responsible for the attack, so we are unable to record it in our database of confirmed US strikes.

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

AFG1408CVii link

15 March 2019

  • 9 reported killed

Precision airstrikes in Uruzgan province killed nine Taliban fighters and destroyed one operations centre, Khaama Press reported.

Their "informed military sources" said that after hours of monitoring Taliban activity going in and out of a building that was known to be used for staging attacks against Afghan civilians, the building was taken out by multiple precision airstrikes.

It is unclear whether US air support or Afghan forces were responsible for the attack, so we are unable to record it in our database of confirmed US strikes.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Tarin Kot City, Uruzgan province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

AFG1408CVi link

15 March 2019

  • 11 reported killed

Airstrikes in Kandahar province killed 11 Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported.

Their "informed military sources" said that the strikes occurred in the Beghal, Maywand and Khakrez districts of the province.

It was unclear from Khaama Press' report how many fighters were killed in each strike.

They stated that the airstrike had happened during the last 24 hours. It is unclear when this strike occurred, so we have recorded it as the date that Khaama Press reported on it.

It is unclear whether US air support or Afghan forces were responsible for the attack, so we are unable to record it in our database of confirmed US strikes.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Beghal, Maywand and Khakrez districts, Kandahar province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

AFG1408CV link

15 March 2019

  • 12 reported killed

Airstrikes in Paktiya province killed 12 Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported.

Their "informed military sources" said that the strikes occurred in the Zurmat and Gomal districts of the province.

It was unclear from Khaama Press' report how many fighters were killed in each strike.

They stated that the airstrike had happened during the last 24 hours. It is unclear when this strike occurred, so we have recorded it as the date that Khaama Press reported on it.

It is unclear whether US air support or Afghan forces were responsible for the attack, so we are unable to record it in our database of confirmed US strikes.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Zurmat and Gomal districts, Paktiya province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

AFG1409CiV link

15 March 2019

  • 3 reported killed

Airstrikes in Sayyidabad and Sheikhabad districts of Wardak province killed up to three Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported.

The strike was conducted in coordination with a special forces operation, so it is therefore unknown whether the fighters were killed in the ground operation or the airstrike.

Khaama Press' information came from "informed military sources" who stated that the airstrike had happened during the last 24 hours. It is unclear when this strike occurred, so we have recorded it as the date that Khaama Press reported on it.

It is unclear whether US air support or Afghan forces were responsible for the attack, so we are unable to record it in our database of confirmed US strikes.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Sayyidabad and Sheikhabad districts, Wardak province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

AFG1408Ciii link

14 March 2019

An airstrike in Balkh province killed seven Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported.

The news site's "informed military sources" said that the strike happened in the Chitmal district of Balkh province.

It is unclear whether US air support or Afghan forces were responsible for the attack, so we are unable to record it in our database of confirmed US strikes.

Khaama Press did not give a date for this specific airstrike, so we have recorded it as the date that it was reported on.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Chitmal district, Balkh province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

AFG1408Cii link

14 March 2019

  • 15 reported killed

Airstrikes in Helmand province killed 15 Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported.

The news site's "informed military sources" said that nine Taliban fighters were killed in a strike in the Nahr-e-Saraj district and six in a separate strike in the Sangin district.

It is unclear whether US air support or Afghan forces were responsible for the attack, so we are unable to record it in our database of confirmed US strikes.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Nahr-e-Saraj district & Sangin district, Helmand province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

AFG1408Ci link

13 March 2019

  • 7 reported killed

An airstrike that struck a convoy of Taliban fighters in northern Kunduz province killed seven fighters, Khaama Press reported.

According to the 209th Shaheen Corps, a part of the Afghan military, the strike was carried out at 12:30am local time in Kunduz's Khanabad district.

Their statement further added that the Taliban commander Mullah Alauddin alias Wasiq was killed along with six of his fighters as they were travelling to Khwajah Pesta.

The convoy was reportedly identified during a surveillance mission.

It is unclear whether US air support or Afghan forces were responsible for the attack, so we are unable to record it in our database of confirmed US strikes.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Khanabad district, northern Kunduz province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

AFG1408C link

13 March 2019

  • 31 reported killed

Airstrikes in Ghazni province killed 31 al Qaeda fighters, including nine suicide bombers, Khaama Press reported.

A statement from the Ministry of Defence said that the strikes targeted an al Qaeda compound that was led by Qari Arif, in the Geru district of Ghazni.

Several vehicles were also reportedly destroyed in the strikes.

Khaama Press did not give a date for this specific airstrike, so we have recorded it as the date that it was reported on.

It is unclear whether US air support or Afghan forces were responsible for the attack, so we are unable to record it in our database of confirmed US strikes.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Geru district, Ghazni province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

AFG1408 link

13 March 2019

  • 5 reported killed
  • 10 reported wounded

Five Afghan soldiers were killed and 10 more wounded in a friendly fire incident on an Afghan army checkpoint in Uruzgan's Tarin Kot.

Qais Mangal, a spokesperson for the Afghan Defence Ministry, confirmed that the airstrikes occurred after a convoy of Afghan Special Forces and American troops were attacked by another Afghan unit.

The Telegraph reported that a statement from the international military coalition said the forces “attempted to de-escalate the situation but they continued to be fired upon. We are operating in a complex environment where enemy fighters do not wear uniforms and use stolen military vehicles to attack government forces.”

“This is an example of the fog of war,” said Sgt First Class Debra Richardson. “The US conducted a precision self-defense airstrike on people who were firing at a partnered US-Afghan force.”

Karim Karimi, deputy head of the Uruzgan provincial council confirmed that 10 additional soldiers were wounded in the incident.

Mr Karimi told NYT that the fight lasted four hours, until 3am local time, before US airstrikes destroyed the base.

AFG1407 link

12 March 2019

  • 7 reported killed
  • Possible civilian casualties

Seven Taliban fighters were killed in a US airstrike in eastern Ghazni province, though it is unclear whether civilians were also killed, according to locals.

Arif Noori, a spokesperson for the provincial governor, stated that seven Taliban were killed, including a group leader in a drone strike in Andar district.

However, according to AP, dozens of people brought dead bodies to the governor's office claiming that those killed in the strikes were civilians.

A Resolute Support spokesperson, Sgt 1st Class Debra Richardson, confirmed that the airstrike killed seven Taliban.

Another AP source, Shamsuddin, stated that those killed were civilians and demanded an investigation.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Andar district, Ghazni province
  • References: Associated Press

AFG1406 link

9 March 2019

  • 0-14 reported killed
  • 0-13 civilians reported killed

At least 13 civilians, including several children, were killed in US airstrikes conducted in support of an Afghan-led operation, local tribal elders and officials told the New York Times.

The strikes hit two civilian homes in the village of Naser Khil, tribal elder, Ruzi Khan Maruf, told NYT.

In one house, the village’s lone doctor, his wife and their five teenage daughters were killed, Mr. Maruf said by telephone. In the other, the doctor’s brother, his wife and their four children — three teenage girls and a boy — reportedly died. The brother was an Afghan soldier, Mr. Maruf said.

The US military are reportedly looking into the allegations of civilian harm, though they did admit that the strikes took place.

“In self-defense, precision airstrikes were used to support the troops on the ground,” Sgt. First Class Debra Richardson, told NYT. “We are fighting in a complex environment against those who intentionally kill and hide behind civilians. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of accuracy and accountability, and we are looking into this.”

It was reported that members of a CIA-sponsored Afghan strike force called in air support when they came under fire during an assault on the Taliban. We have recently published an investigation into the National Directorate of Security Special Forces (the "02" unit) - the CIA-backed Afghan special forces unit that has been accused of human rights atrocities and their ability to call in airstrikes.

The governor of Nangarhar, Shah Mahmood Miakhel, said that an important Taliban commander had been killed in the strikes.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Naser Khil village, Hesarak district, Nangarhar province
  • References: New York Times,

AFG1405Ci link

9 March 2019

  • 1 reported killed

An airstrike in Logar province killed a Taliban commander, Khaama Press reported.

Their "informed military sources" told them that Abu Zar was killed in the strike, which hit the Muhammad Aghah district of Logar.

It is unclear whether US air support or Afghan forces were responsible for the attack, so we are unable to record it in our database of confirmed US strikes.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Muhammad Aghah district, Logar province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

AFG1405C link

9 March 2019

  • 15 reported killed

Airstrikes in Wardak province killed three Taliban commanders and 12 others, Khaama Press reported.

In one Khaama Press report, their "informed military sources" told them that Ubaid, who was killed in the attack, had been responsible for several assassinations on government employees.

Khaama Press did not give a date for this specific airstrike, so we have recorded it as the date that it was reported on.

In a second report, they stated two further commanders were killed in airstrikes in Wardak. Ghorzang, was reportedly responsible for coordinating high-profile attacks and planned abductions of Afghan civilians. Saifullah, an al-Hamza Battalion Commander, was reportedly responsible for training suicide bombers.

Twelve of Saifullah's fighters were also killed in the attack, their source added.

It is unclear whether US air support or Afghan forces were responsible for the attack, so we are unable to record it in our database of confirmed US strikes.


  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Central Maidan, Sayyidabad district, Wardak province
  • Reference: Khaama Press, Khaama Press

AFG1405 link

8 March 2019

  • 1 civilian reported killed

One civilian was killed in a US airstrike in Kunduz City, according to New York Times' weekly Afghan War Casualty Report.

US airstrikes bombed struck targets in the area of Telawka when the civilians were killed.

The information was published as part of a weekly Afghan casualty monitoring report the NYT releases. It didn't include sourcing information, but we contacted the reporter who put it together. He confirmed that that the sourcing met our methodological standards.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Telawka area, Kunduz City, Kunduz province
  • References: The New York Times

AFG1404CViii link

7 March 2019

  • 1 reported killed

An airstrike in Helmand province killed one Taliban fighter, Khaama Press reported.

Their "informed military sources" told them that the strike in the Nahr-e-Saraj district killed and wounded the fighters.

It is unclear whether US air support or Afghan forces were responsible for the attack, so we are unable to record it in our database of confirmed US strikes.

Khaama Press did not give a date for this specific airstrike, so we have recorded it as the date that it was reported on.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Nahr-e-Saraj district, Helmand province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

AFG1404CVii link

7 March 2019

  • 1 reported killed
  • 2 reported injured

An airstrike in Kandahar province killed one Taliban fighter and injured two others, Khaama Press reported.

Their "informed military sources" told them that the strike in Ghorak district killed and wounded the fighters.

It is unclear whether US air support or Afghan forces were responsible for the attack, so we are unable to record it in our database of confirmed US strikes.

Khaama Press did not give a date for this specific airstrike, so we have recorded it as the date that it was reported on.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Ghorak district, Kandahar province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

AFG1404CVi link

6 March 2019

  • 14 reported killed

An airstrike in Uruzgan province killed 14 Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported.

Their "informed military sources" told them that the strike in Tarin Kot City killed the 14 fighters.

It is unclear whether US air support or Afghan forces were responsible for the attack, so we are unable to record it in our database of confirmed US strikes.

Khaama Press did not give a date for this specific airstrike, so we have recorded it as the date that it was reported on.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Tarin Kot City, Uruzgan province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

AFG1404CV link

6 March 2019

  • 11 reported killed

Eleven Taliban fighters were killed in an airstrike in Laghman province, Khaama Press reported.

Their "informed military sources" told them that the strike in the Mehtar Lam district killed the eleven fighters, including one of their commanders.

It is unclear whether US air support or Afghan forces were responsible for the attack, so we are unable to record it in our database of confirmed US strikes.

Khaama Press did not give a date for this specific airstrike, so we have recorded it as the date that it was reported on.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Mehtar Lam district, Laghman province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

AFG1404CiV link

5 March 2019

  • 1 reported killed

A Taliban District Shadow Governor was killed in an airstrike in Nangarhar province, Khaama Press reported.

Their "informed military sources" told them that the strike in the Gandomak area killed the Tablian's District Shadow Governor for Chaparhar district, Shaheen.

It is unclear whether US air support or Afghan forces were responsible for the attack, so we are unable to record it in our database of confirmed US strikes.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Gandomak area, Nangarhar province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

AFG1404Ciii link

5 March 2019

  • 3 reported killed

Three Taliban fighters were killed in an airstrike in Helmand province, according to Khaama Press.

On Tuesday 5, Khaama Press' "informed military sources" announced that the strike in the Nahr-e-Saraj district killed the three fighters.

It is unclear whether US air support or Afghan forces were responsible for the attack, so we are unable to record it in our database of confirmed US strikes.

Khaama Press did not give a date for this specific airstrike, so we have recorded it as the date that it was reported on.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Nahr-e-Saraj district, Helmand province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

AFG1404Cii link

5 March 2019

  • 2 reported killed

Two Taliban fighters were killed in an airstrike in Kapisa province, according to Khaama Press.

On Tuesday 5, Khaama Press' "informed military sources" announced that the strike in the Tagab district killed the two fighters.

It is unclear whether US air support or Afghan forces were responsible for the attack, so we are unable to record it in our database of confirmed US strikes.

Khaama Press did not give a date for this specific airstrike, so we have recorded it as the date that it was reported on.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Tagab district, Kapisa province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

AFG1404Ci link

5 March 2019

  • 2 reported killed

Two Taliban fighters were killed in an airstrike in Uruzgan province, according to Khaama Press.

On Tuesday 5, Khaama Press' "informed military sources" announced that the strike in Tarin Kot killed the two fighters.

It is unclear whether US air support or Afghan forces were responsible for the attack, so we are therefore unable to record this in our database of confirmed US strikes.

Khaama Press did not give a date for this specific airstrike, so we have recorded it as the date that it was reported on.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Tarin Kot, Uruzgan province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

AFG1404C link

28 February 2019

  • 47 reported killed

Khaama Press reported numerous airstrikes in Afghanistan on February 28. However, according to monthly airstrike data released by US Forces - Afghanistan, there were not any US strikes in the areas mentioned in the following reports:

  • Seven Taliban fighters were killed in an airstrike in Mohammad Aghah district, Logar province
  • Two Taliban fighters were killed in airstrikes in Zurmat district, Paktia province
  • Eight Taliban fighters were killed and five others injured in an airstrike in Chematal district, Balkh province

At further 30 Taliban fighters were reportedly killed in Afghan Special Forces operations and airstrikes - though it is not clear whether they were conducted by US or Afghan forces:

  • Tarin Kot, Uruzgan province
  • Sabari district, Khost province
  • Shahwlai Kot district, Kandahar province
  • Sancharak district, Sar-e-Pul province
  • Qarabagh district, Ghazni province

Khaama Press did not give a date for these airstrikes, so we have recorded them as the date that they were reported on.

AFG1404 link

28 February 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike hit Zabul province on this day, according to data from US Forces - Afghanistan.

No further details were given. To see more about the release of this data, click here.

AFG1403 link

28 February 2019

  • 0-30 reported killed

One strike hit Nangarhar province on this day, according to data from US Forces - Afghanistan.

There had been previous reports of strikes in Nangarhar on this day.

In the first, Khaama Press reported that "at least 30 militants" were killed in three different provinces from Afghan Special Forces operations and unidentified airstrikes - one of these was Nangarhar's Hisarak district.

It is unclear whether the airstrike was carried out by US or Afghan forces. There is also not enough information available to know how many Taliban fighters were killed in the Nangarhar airstrike, or whether in fact it was the airstrike that killed them or ground operations.

Khaama Press did not give a date for this specific airstrike, so we have recorded it as the date that it was reported on.

The three strikes were in Nangarhar, Helmand and Uruzgan. The US forces data indicates that they did conduct airstrikes on this day in Nangarhar and Helmand - these strikes have both been recorded with a 0-30 casualty range in these strike logs, but the figures in our spreadsheet only show the range on one of these incidents, so not to distort the numbers.

In the second report, Khaama Press reported that seven Taliban fighters including two sub-commanders were killed in an airstrike in eastern Nangarhar province.

Their military sources named Mula Zanzir and Maulawi Shafiq as the two Taliban sub-commanders that were killed in the airstrike.

Khaama Press' sources further added that Zanzir was responsible for recruiting and Shafiq for directing, attacks against Afghan civilians.

It is not clear whether these two separate reports are referring to the same strike.

AFG1402 link

28 February 2019

  • 0-30 reported killed

Two strikes hit Helmand province on this day, according to data from US Forces - Afghanistan.

There had been previous reports of strikes in Helmand on this day. Khaama Press reported that at least two Taliban fighters were killed in an airstrike in Nahr-e-Saraj.

In the first, Khaama Press reported that "at least 30 militants" were killed in three different provinces from Afghan Special Forces operations and unidentified airstrikes - one of these was Helmand's Nahr-e-Saraj district.

It is unclear whether the airstrike was carried out by US or Afghan forces. There is also not enough information available to know how many Taliban fighters were killed in the Helmand airstrike, or whether in fact it was the airstrike that killed them or ground operations.

Khaama Press did not give a date for this specific airstrike, so we have recorded it as the date that it was reported on.

The three strikes were in Nangarhar, Helmand and Uruzgan. The US forces data indicates that they did conduct airstrikes on this day in Nangarhar and Helmand - these strikes have both been recorded with a 0-30 casualty range in these strike logs, but the figures in our spreadsheet only show the range on one of these incidents, so not to distort the numbers.

A later Khaama Press report read:

The informed military sources announced Monday that a strike in Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand killed two Taliban fighters and destroyed one weapons cache.

This report is thought to be in reference to this strike, which we believe to have occurred the Friday before, though we cannot be sure.

AFG1401 link

27 February 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike hit Wardak province on this day, according to data from US Forces - Afghanistan.

No further details were given. To see more about the release of this data, click here.

AFG1400 link

27 February 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Nine strikes hit Uruzgan province on this day, according to data from US Forces - Afghanistan.

No further details were given. To see more about the release of this data, click here.

AFG1399 link

27 February 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Four strikes hit Sar-e-Pul province on this day, according to data from US Forces - Afghanistan.

No further details were given. To see more about the release of this data, click here.

AFG1398 link

27 February 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike hit Paktiya province on this day, according to data from US Forces - Afghanistan.

No further details were given. To see more about the release of this data, click here.

AFG1397 link

27 February 2019

  • 0-3 reported killed

One strike hit Nangarhar province on this day, according to data from US Forces - Afghanistan.

There had been a previous report of a strike in Nangarhar on this day. Khaama Press reported that three fighters from Afghanistan's branch of the Islamic State were killed in an airstrike by coalition forces in the east of the province.

Their source, a statement from the 201st Silab Corps, which is a part of the Afghan military, stated:

Afghan National Police and Afghan Local Police forces conducted operations with the air support of Coalition Forces which resulted into the killing of 3 ISIS-K militants.

The statement further added that local residents and security personnel suffered casualties during the operation.

Khaama Press' report does not mention what date the strike occurred on, so we have recorded it as the date that they reported on it.

Khaama Press is likely referring to the Nato coalition, in which the US is the only country known to be flying strike missions.

AFG1396 link

27 February 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Two strikes hit Logar province on this day, according to data from US Forces - Afghanistan.

No further details were given. To see more about the release of this data, click here.

AFG1395 link

27 February 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Two strikes hit Khost province on this day, according to data from US Forces - Afghanistan.

No further details were given. To see more about the release of this data, click here.

AFG1394 link

27 February 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Four strikes hit Helmand province on this day, according to data from US Forces - Afghanistan.

No further details were given. To see more about the release of this data, click here.

AFG1393 link

27 February 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Two strikes hit Ghazni province on this day, according to data from US Forces - Afghanistan.

No further details were given. To see more about the release of this data, click here.

AFG1392 link

26 February 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Six strikes hit Uruzgan province on this day, according to data from US Forces - Afghanistan.

No further details were given. To see more about the release of this data, click here.

AFG1391 link

26 February 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Two strikes hit Paktiya province on this day, according to data from US Forces - Afghanistan.

No further details were given. To see more about the release of this data, click here.

AFG1390 link

26 February 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Four strikes hit Helmand province on this day, according to data from US Forces - Afghanistan.

No further details were given. To see more about the release of this data, click here.

AFG1389 link

26 February 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Four strikes hit Ghazni province on this day, according to data from US Forces - Afghanistan.

No further details were given. To see more about the release of this data, click here.

AFG1388Cii link

26 February 2019

  • 1 reported killed
  • 1 reported injured

One Taliban fighter was killed and another injured in an airstrike in Jawzjan province, Khaama Press reported.

It is not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible for the attack.

Khaama Press did not give a date for this specific airstrike, so we have recorded it as the date that it was reported on.

In their monthly release of airstrike data, US Forces - Afghanistan did not report any strikes in Jawzjan province on February 26.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Jawzjan province
  • Reference: Khaama Press


AFG1388Ci link

26 February 2019

  • 1 reported killed

A fighter from Afghanistan's branch of the Islamic State or a Taliban fighter was killed in an airstrike in Balkh province, Khaama Press reported.

Information from "informed military sources" stated that one Taliban fighter and one fighter from Afghanistan's branch of the Islamic State were killed in separate airstrikes in Nangarhar and Balkh provinces - though it is not clear which strike killed which fighter.

It is also not known whether US or Afghan forces were responsible for the attack, we are therefore unable to record this in our database of confirmed US strikes.

Khaama Press did not give a date for this specific airstrike, so we have recorded it as the date that it was reported on.

In their monthly release of airstrike data, US Forces - Afghanistan did not report any strikes in Balkh province on February 26.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Balkh province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

AFG1388C link

26 February 2019

  • 1 reported killed

A fighter from Afghanistan's branch of the Islamic State or a Taliban fighter was killed in an airstrike in Nangarhar province, Khaama Press reported.

Information from "informed military sources" stated that one Taliban fighter and one fighter from Afghanistan's branch of the Islamic State were killed in separate airstrikes in Nangarhar and Balkh provinces - though it is not clear which strike killed which fighter.

It is also not known whether US or Afghan forces were responsible for the attack, we are therefore unable to record this in our database of confirmed US strikes.

Khaama Press did not give a date for this specific airstrike, so we have recorded it as the date that it was reported on.

In their monthly release of airstrike data, US Forces - Afghanistan did not report any strikes in Nangarhar province on February 26.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Nangarhar province
  • Reference: Khaama Press


AFG1388 link

25 February 2019

  • 0-1 reported killed

One strike hit Wardak province on this day, according to data from US Forces - Afghanistan.

There had been a previous report of a strike in Wardak on this day. Khaama Press reported that a Taliban commander was killed in an airstrike in Sayyidabad district.

Information from "informed military sources" stated that the fighter killed was a mid-level commander and attack facilitator.

It is not clear from Khaama Press' report whether US or Afghan forces were responsible for this attack.

AFG1387 link

25 February 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Three strikes hit Uruzgan province on this day, according to data from US Forces - Afghanistan.

No further details were given. To see more about the release of this data, click here.

AFG1386 link

25 February 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike hit Paktiya province on this day, according to data from US Forces - Afghanistan.

No further details were given. To see more about the release of this data, click here.