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 3441
Total reported killed 58-2403
Civilian reported killed 22-227
Children reported killed 11-50
Total reported injured 35-421
US Air Force reported air operations, Afghanistan 2019
Total Close Air Support (CAS) sorties with at least one weapon release 1302
Total CAS sorties 4869
Total weapons released 3700

Strikes

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31 August 2019

  • 47 reported killed
  • 0-12 civilians reported killed
  • 0-8 children reported killed

At least 12 civilians were killed in airstrikes in northern Faryab province, according to Sibghatullah Selab, a member of Faryab provincial council - though no reference was made as to who carried out the strike.

According to Khaama Press, Selab said that the strikes began at 11pm local time and hit houses 200 metres away from the centre of Garziwan district.

Security officials have reportedly confirmed that the strikes have happened, but did not confirm the casualties. While the 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan military said that 47 Taliban fighters were killed in the strikes.

Selab, however, said that the victims were members of two families - with eight children among those killed.

Khaama Press reported that Fawad Aman, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence, rejected the claims of civilian casualties and said that a team had been assigned to investigate the incident.

We will reach out to Resolute Support for clarification of their involvement in this incident and update this post with any new information.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Garziwan district, Faryab province
  • Reference: TOLO News

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31 August 2019

  • 16 reported killed

An airstrike in Badakhshan killed 16 Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

The Ministry of Defence reportedly said that security forces conducted the strike in the Wardoj district.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

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

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Wardoj district, Badakhshan province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

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31 August 2019

  • 28 reported killed
  • 12 reported injured

Airstrikes in northern Jawzjan killed 28 Taliban fighters and injured a further 12, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

The Ministry of Defence reportedly said in a statement that the security forces conducted the strikes targeting four gatherings of Taliban in Aqcha district.

Qari Abdul Manan, a commander of the Taliban, was said to be among those killed.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

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

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

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29 August 2019

  • 7 reported killed
  • 6 reported injured

US forces conducted an airstrike in Ghazni that killed seven Taliban fighters and injured six others, Khaama Press reported.

The 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan military reportedly said that the strike was conducted in the Deh Yak district.

Two motorcycles were also said to have been destroyed in the strike.

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

We are currently unable to record this incident in our database of confirmed US strikes due to vague sourcing.

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

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28 August 2019

  • 5 reported killed
  • 6 reported injured

US forces conducted airstrikes across Kunar province killed five Taliban fighters and wounded six others, Khaama Press reported.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan military reportedly said that the strikes were conducted in the Pech Dara, Suki and Noor Gul districts - killing five and wounding three.

The statement went on to add that a separate strike in the Manogi district also injured three Taliban.

We are currently unable to record these incidents in our database of confirmed US strikes due to vague sourcing.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Pech Dara, Suki, Noor Gul & Manogi districts, Kunar province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

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28 August 2019

  • 4 reported killed

Airstrikes in Helmand province killed four Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Their "informed military sources" reportedly said that the strikes were in the Nahr e Saraj district.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

Khaama Press did explicitly give a date for this strike 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

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28 August 2019

  • 2 reported killed

Two Taliban fighters were killed in an airstrike in Herat, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Their "informed military sources" reportedly said that the strike was conducted in the Shindand district.

A small weapons cache was also said to have been destroyed in the strike.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

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

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Shindand district, Herat province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

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28 August 2019

  • 1 reported killed

An airstrike in Uruzgan province killed one Taliban fighter, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Their "informed military sources" reportedly said that the strike was carried out in the Shahid e Hasas district.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

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

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Shahid e Hasas district, Uruzgan province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

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28 August 2019

  • 2 reported killed

Two members of Afghanistan's branch of the Islamic State were killed in an airstrike in Nangarhar province - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Their "informed military sources" reportedly said in a statement that the strike was conducted in the Pachri Wa Agam district.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

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

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Pachri Wa Agam district, Nangarhar province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

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28 August 2019

  • 3 reported killed

Airstrikes in Faryab province killed three Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Their "informed military sources" reportedly said that the strikes were conducted in the Qurghan district of the province.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

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

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Qurghan district, Faryab province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

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28 August 2019

  • 1 reported killed

An airstrike in Zabul province killed one Taliban fighter, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Their "informed military sources" reportedly said that the strike was conducted in the Shah Joy district.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

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

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Shah Joy district, Zabul province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

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28 August 2019

  • 5 reported killed
  • 3 reported injured

US forces carried out an airstrike in Paktika province that killed five Taliban fighters and wounded three others, Khaama Press reported.

The 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan military reportedly said in a statement that the strike was conducted in the Malik Shahi area of Bermal district.

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

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Malik Shahi area, Bermal district, Paktika province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

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27 August 2019

  • 11 reported killed

US airstrikes in Ghazni province killed 11 Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported.

The 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan military reportedly said in a statement that the strikes were conducted in the Mir Khan area of Qarabagh district and the Dalani of Aab district.

The strikes were said to have also destroyed a vehicle and two motorcycles.

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

We are currently unable to record this in our database of confirmed US strikes due to vague sourcing.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Mir Khan area, Qarabagh district & Dalani area of Aab district
  • Reference: Khaama Press

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27 August 2019

  • 6 reported killed

An airstrike in Nangarhar killed six members of Afghanistan's branch of the Islamic State, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Military officials reportedly said that the security forces carried out the strike in the Pachir Wa Agam district.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

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

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Pachir Wa Agam district, Nangarhar province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

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27 August 2019

  • 66 reported killed

Multiple airstrikes in Ghor province killed at least 66 Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Their "informed military sources" reportedly said that the security forces carried out the strikes in the Shahrak district.

A large weapons cache was also said to have been destroyed.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

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

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Shahrak district, Ghor province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

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25 August 2019

  • 4 reported killed
  • 4 reported injured

An airstrike in northern Faryab province killed four Taliban fighters and wounded four others, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan military reportedly said in a statement that the security forces conducted the strike in the Ghormach district late at night.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Ghormach district, Faryab province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

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25 August 2019

  • 0-1 civilians reported killed
  • 0-5 civilians reported injured

A civilian was killed in an airstrike in Logar province, with five others wounded, Tolo News reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

The night-time raid took place in Babus village on the outskirts of Pul e Alam City, the provincial capital, according to local residents that Tolo News spoke to.

Footage on social media and from local reports show a destroyed house which residents claim has been targeted by the airstrike on Saturday evening.

Women and children were said to be among the victims.

“He was a farmer and he was a taxi driver as well… They were all innocent people,” Haji Nangul, a Logar resident told Tolo.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence, Fawad Aman, also told them that an investigation into the incident had started, but that six Taliban fighters had been killed in this operation.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Babus village on the outskirts of Pul e Alam City, Logar province
  • Reference: Tolo News

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25 August 2019

  • 17 reported killed

Airstrikes in Ghazni province killed 16 Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported - attributing blame to both US and Afghan forces.

The Governor's office of Ghazni reportedly said in a statement that 12 Taliban fighters, including two Pakistani nationals, were killed in the first strike in Deh Mullah Village of Khogyani district.

The statement further added that the security forces carried out a further two strikes in Khwaja Omari and Qarabagh districts which killed 4 Taliban militants.

A separate US airstrike destroyed a radio station of the Taliban in Barakaat area of Khwaja Omari district, the 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan military reportedly said.

No civilians were harmed in the strikes, the statement said.

A separate Khaama Press report suggested that another strike killed Fateh Khan, the head of the "kangaroo courts of the Taliban", in the Brezmo area of Deh Yak district.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Deh Mullah village, Khogyani district & Khwaja Omari and Qarabagh districts, Ghazni province
  • Reference: Khaama Press, Khaama Press, Khaama Press

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25 August 2019

  • 2 reported killed

Two Taliban fighters were killed in an airstrike in Kandahar, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

According to their "informed military sources" the strike was conducted in the Ghorak district.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

Khaama Press did explicitly give a date for this strike 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

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25 August 2019

  • 15 reported killed

An airstrike in Balkh province killed 15 Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Their "informed military sources" said that the strike was carried out in the Sholgarah district.

There was no reference made as to who carried out the strike.

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

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

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25 August 2019

  • 1 reported killed

An airstrike in Ghazni province killed one Taliban fighter, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Their "informed military sources" reportedly said that the strike was in the Qarabagh district.

There was no reference as to who carried out the strike.

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

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

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23 August 2019

  • 46 reported killed

In what appears to be a continuation from yesterday's strikes in Balkh, Khaama Press are now reporting that 66 Taliban fighters have been killed - a rise from the 20 that they reported yesterday.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan military reportedly said that strikes were conducted in various parts of the Zari district.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

The statement reportedly said that the A-29s and MD-530F fighter planes were used - both of which are known to be used by the Afghan Air Force.

The airstrikes also destroyed a weapons and munitions depot, a Dshk heavy machine gun and more than 15 motorcycles.

It is unclear whether the fighting continued into August 23 or whether this was simply an updated death toll.

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

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22 August 2019

  • 20 reported killed
  • 'Several' others reported injured

Airstrikes in Balkh province killed 20 Taliban fighters and wounded several others, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan military reportedly said in a statement that the strikes conducted in the Zara district of Balkh were targeting the Taliban and their fighting positions.

The strikes were also said to have destroyed an explosives and weapons cache, a Dshk heavy machine gun and several IEDs.

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

We are currently unable to record this incident in our database of confirmed US strikes due to vague sourcing.

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

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22 August 2019

  • 6 reported killed

An airstrike in western Farah province killed a Taliban commander and five of his comrades, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

According to a statement reportedly released by Special Operations Corps of the Afghan military, the security forces conducted the airstrike in Todanak area of Bala Bolok district.

Hafiz Qudrat, was the commander reportedly killed.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

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

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Todanak area, Bala Bolok district, western Farah province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

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22 August 2019

  • Unknown casualties

An airstrike in Nimroz province destroyed a weapons cache, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Their "informed military sources" reportedly said that the strike was conducted in the Khash Rod district.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

Khaama Press said that the strike had happened in the last 24 hours, so it is currently unclear whether it was August 22 or 21. We have recorded it as the date that they reported on it.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Khash Rod district, Nimroz province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

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22 August 2019

  • Unknown casualties

An airstrike in Helmand province destroyed a small weapons cache, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Their "informed military sources" reportedly said that the strike was conducted in the Maiwand district.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

Khaama Press said that the strike had happened in the last 24 hours, so it is currently unclear whether it was August 22 or 21. We have recorded it as the date that they reported on it.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Maiwand district, Helmand province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

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22 August 2019

  • 6 reported killed

Airstrikes in Ghazni province killed six Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Their "informed military sources" said that the strikes were conducted in the Ghazni district of the province.

The multiple airstrikes were also said to have destroyed a large weapons cache.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

Khaama Press said that the strike had happened in the last 24 hours, so it is currently unclear whether it was August 22 or 21. We have recorded it as the date that they reported on it.

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

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21 August 2019

  • 10 reported killed

Ten Taliban fighters were killed in an airstrike in Balkh province, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Security officials reportedly told Khaama Press that the strike was conducted in the Sholgarah district by the security forces.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

Khaama Press said that the strike had happened in the last 24 hours, so it is currently unclear whether it was August 21 or 20. We have recorded it as the date that they reported on it.

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

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21 August 2019

  • Unknown casualties

An airstrike in Nangarhar destroyed a weapons cache, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Security officials reportedly told Khaama Press that the strike was conducted in the Achin district.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

Khaama Press said that the strike had happened in the last 24 hours, so it is currently unclear whether it was August 21 or 20. We have recorded it as the date that they reported on it.

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

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21 August 2019

  • 1 reported killed

An airstrike in Wardak province killed a member of the Haqqani network, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Security officials reportedly told Khaama Press that the strike was conducted in the Maidan Shahr district of Wardak.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

Khaama Press said that the strike had happened in the last 24 hours, so it is currently unclear whether it was August 21 or 20. We have recorded it as the date that they reported on it.

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

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21 August 2019

  • 5 reported killed

An airstrike in Helmand province killed five Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Military officials reportedly said that security forces conducted the strike in the Kajaki district of the province.

The strike was also reportedly said to have destroyed a weapons cache.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

Khaama Press said that the strike had happened in the last 24 hours, so it is currently unclear whether it was August 21 or 20. We have recorded it as the date that they reported on it.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Kajaki district, Helmand province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

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20 August 2019

  • 10 reported killed

US strikes across two districts of Logar province killed ten Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported.

The 203rd Thunder Corps reportedly said in a statement that the strikes were conducted in the Zarghoon Shahr of Mohammad Agha district and the Bidak area of Charkh district.

A vehicle was also said to have been destroyed in the strike.

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

We are currently unable to record this incident in our database of confirmed US strikes due to vague sourcing.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Hoshi area, Charchino district, Uruzgan province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

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20 August 2019

  • 6 reported killed

US strikes in Ghazni province killed six Taliban fighters across two districts of the province, Khaama Press reported.

The 203rd Thunder Corps reportedly said in a statement that the strikes were conducted in the Ghap area of Aab Band district and Gawmeshak area of Qarabagh district.

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

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Ghap area, Aab Band district & Gawmeshak area, Qarabagh district, Ghazni province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

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20 August 2019

  • 6 reported killed

An airstrike in Nangarhar killed six fighters from Afghanistan's branch of the Islamic State, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Their "informed military officials" said that the strike killed six fighters, while the Nangarhar governor's office said that it was conducted around 10:40am local time in the Pacher wa Agam district.

The statement that the governor's office released also reportedly added that two of those killed were Pakistani nationals fighting in ISIS ranks.

The strike was also said to have destroyed a hideout of the group, a Dshk heavy machine gun and an Ak-47.

No reference was made in Khaama Press' article as to who conducted the strike.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Pacher wa Agam district, Nangarhar province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

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20 August 2019

  • 10 reported killed
  • 16 reported injured

US forces used guided rockets to target Taliban positions in Uruzgan province that killed ten fighters and wounded 16 others, Khaama Press reported.

The 205th Atal Corps of the Afghan military reportedly said in a statement that the attack was based on intelligence reports and was conducted in the Hoshi area of Charchino district.

We are currently unable to record this incident in our database of confirmed US strikes due to vague sourcing.

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

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Hoshi area, Charchino district, Uruzgan province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

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20 August 2019

  • 3 reported killed

Three Taliban fighters were killed, including two senior commanders, in an airstrike in Wardak province, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

The 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan military reportedly said in a statement that the security forces conducted the strike in the Pul-e Deh Hayat of Nerkh district.

The strike was said to have targeted senior Taliban leaders and was successful in killing both the shadow intelligence chief and the Red Unit commander.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

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

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

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19 August 2019

  • 1 reported killed

An airstrike in Ghazni killed one Taliban fighter, Khaama Press reported - though it is not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Military officials reportedly told Khaama Press that the security forces conducted the strike in the Gelan district of Ghazni.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

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

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

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19 August 2019

  • 3 reported killed

Airstrikes in two districts of Logar killed three Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Military officials reportedly told Khaama Press that security forces conducted a strike in the Charkh district of Logar that killed one fighter.

A separate strike was said to have been conducted in the Pul e Alam district of Logar that killed two fighters.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

Khaama Press did explicitly give a date for this strike so we have recorded it as the date that they spoke to the military officials.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Charkh district & Pul e Alam district, Logar province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

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18 August 2019

  • 7 reported killed
  • 7 reported injured

An airstrike in Ghazni province killed seven Taliban fighters and wounded seven others, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

The 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan military reportedly said in a statement that the security forces conducted the strike in the Starnai area of Deh Yak district.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

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

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Starnai area, Deh Yak district, Ghazni province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

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18 August 2019

  • 7 reported killed

US forces attacked a Taliban hideout in southern Uruzgan province with guided rockets that killed seven Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported.

The 205th Atal Corps of the Afghan military reportedly said in a statement that they targeted the Taliban hideout in Charchino district of Uruzgan.

They also reportedly destroyed some weapons, munitions and explosives of the group.

We are currently unable to record this in our database of confirmed US strikes due to vague sourcing.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Charchino district, Uruzgan province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

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17 August 2019

  • 4 reported killed

The shadow district chief of Taliban, along with three other fighters, were killed in an airstrike in central Logar, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan military reportedly said in a statement that the security forces conducted the strike that killed Mawlavi Mohamadullah Farooqi, the shadow district chief for the Azra district.

The statement further added that the strike happened around 7pm local time. One of the others killed was reportedly Farooqi's deputy.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Azra district, central Logar, Logar province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

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17 August 2019

  • 15 reported killed

An airstrike in Balkh killed at least 15 Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

According to their "informed military sources" the strike was conducted in the Sholgrah district.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

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

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

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17 August 2019

  • 8 reported killed

An airstrike in Kandahar killed at least eight Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

According to their "informed military sources" the strike was conducted in the Khakrez district.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

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

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

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17 August 2019

  • 17 reported killed
  • 20 reported injured

Aistrikes in northern Balkh province killed up to 17 Taliban fighters and wounded up to 20 more, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan military reportedly said that the strikes were carried out in the Qarsghigak village at around 11am local time.

A clash broke out elsewhere in the province so it is not clear how many were killed and injured in the strikes alone.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strikes, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

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

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16 August 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike hit Kandahar 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.

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16 August 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Two 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.

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16 August 2019

  • 0-6 reported killed
  • 0-4 reported injured

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

There had been previous reports of strikes in Ghazni on this day. A US airstrike in Ghazni province killed six Taliban fighters and wounded four others, Khaama Press reported.

The provincial government reportedly said that the strike was conducted in the Deh Yak district.

Without further locational information from US Forces - Afghanistan, we cannot be sure that Khaama Press are referring to one of the confirmed US strikes in Ghazni on this day.

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16 August 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike hit Balkh 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.

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16 August 2019

  • 6 reported killed
  • 4 reported injured

A US airstrike in Ghazni province killed six Taliban fighters and wounded four others, Khaama Press reported.

The provincial government reportedly said that the strike was conducted in the Deh Yak district.

We are currently unable to record this in our database of confirmed US strikes due to vague sourcing.

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

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15 August 2019

  • Unknown casualties

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

There had been previous reports of a strike in Zabul on this day. A Humvee "armoured personnel carrier" that had been captured by the Taliban was destroyed by an airstrike in Zabul province, Khaama Press reported - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Military officials that Khaama Press spoke to said that the strike was conducted in the Shinka district.

While the report says that the security forces conducted the strike, we cannot definitely rule out US involvement as the security forces often call in US air support.

Khaama Press did not explicitly give a date for this strike so we recorded it as the date that it was reported on.

Without further locational information from US Forces - Afghanistan, we cannot be sure that Khaama Press is referring to the confirmed US strike in Zabul on this day.