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 7167
Total reported killed 84-4479
Civilian reported killed 46-363
Children reported killed 13-53
Total reported injured 47-846
US Air Force reported air operations, Afghanistan 2019
Total Close Air Support (CAS) sorties with at least one weapon release 2434
Total CAS sorties 8773
Total weapons released 7423

Strikes Page 33

AFG2378 link

20 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Three strikes hit Badghis 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.

AFG2378C link

20 July 2019

  • 28 reported killed

An airstrike in Faryab province killed 28 Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported - though it is not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan military reportedly said in a statement that the strike was carried out in the Bulchiragh district around 5pm local time.

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.

US Forces-Afghanistan did not report any strikes in Faryab on this day in their monthly release of strike data.

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

AFG2377 link

19 July 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.

AFG2376 link

19 July 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.

AFG2375 link

19 July 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.

AFG2374 link

19 July 2019

  • 0-2 reported killed

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

There had been previous reports of strikes in Paktia around this time. The Coalition forces conducted an airstrike in the province that killed two Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported.

The 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan military reportedly said in a statement that the strike was carried out in the Sahak area of the Zurmat district and also destroyed a VBIED.

Khaama Press are likely referring to the NATO coalition in which the US are the only known country to be flying strike missions.

Khaama Press had not explicitly given a date for this strike, but they reported on it the day after the confirmed US strike.

Without further locational detail from US Forces, we cannot be sure that this refers to one of the confirmed US strikes in Paktia on this day.

AFG2373 link

19 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Two strikes hit Herat 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.

AFG2372 link

19 July 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.

AFG2372C link

19 July 2019

  • 0-3 civilians reported killed

Three civilians were killed in an airstrike in Badghis province, New York Times reported.

A house was reportedly hit in the Du Juee area of Bala Murghab District and killed the three civilians. No Taliban were present when the strike was carried out, but they do control the area, NYT added.

At the time, it was not clear if the US or Afghan forces were responsible. A later response from the US military stated, "The Afghan Ministry of Defence conducted an investigation into the allegations, finding that all killed in the strike were Taliban combatants."

US Forces-Afghanistan did not report any strikes in Badghis on this day in their monthly release of strike data.

AFG2371 link

18 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Two 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.

AFG2370 link

18 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike hit Nangarhar 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.

AFG2369 link

18 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike hit Kunduz 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.

AFG2368 link

18 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Two strikes 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.

AFG2367 link

18 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Four strikes hit Herat 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.

AFG2366 link

18 July 2019

  • 0-20 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. An airstrike in Helmand province killed 20 Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported - though it was unclear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Military officials reportedly said that the strikes were carried out in the Kajaki 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.

Without further locational detail from US Forces, we cannot be sure that this refers to one of the confirmed US strikes in Helmand on this day.

AFG2365 link

18 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike 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.

AFG2356C link

18 July 2019

  • 2 reported killed

A member of Afghanistan's branch of the Islamic State who had travelled from Kerala to join the group, was killed in a US drone strike somewhere in Afghanistan, Indian news site Dispatch reported.

Muhhamad Muhasin reportedly died alongside Huzaifa-al-Bakistani, a key commander of the Islamic State in the Khorosan province of Afghanistan.

The news of Muhammad Muhasin’s death was communicated to his family in Kerala via a WhatsApp message from an unidentified number from Afghanistan. The text in the Malayalam language said, “Your brother was seeking martyrdom. Allah has fulfilled his wish as per his aspiration. He was martyred 10 days ago in a drone attack by the American forces”.

It is not clear where in Afghanistan the US drone strike is meant to have taken place.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Unknown
  • Reference: The Dispatch

AFG2364 link

17 July 2019

  • 0-1 reported killed

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

There had been previous reports of strikes in Zabul on this day. An airstrike in the province killed one Taliban fighter, Khaama Press reported - though it is not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

According to their "informed military sources" the strikes were carried out in the Shah Joy district over the last 24 hours. We are therefore unsure whether the strike was conducted on July 16 or 17.

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.

Without further locational detail from US Forces, we cannot be sure that this refers to one of three confirmed US strikes in Zabul on this day.

AFG2363 link

17 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike hit Nangarhar 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.

AFG2362 link

17 July 2019

  • 0-3 reported killed

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

There had been previous reports of strikes in Logar around this time. A US airstrike in the province killed three Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported.

It is unclear where Khaama Press received this information, but their article says that it was conducted in the Azra district.

Khaama Press had not explicitly given a date for this strike, but they reported on it the day after the confirmed US strikes.

Without further locational detail from US Forces, we cannot be sure that this refers to one of the confirmed US strikes in Logar on this day.

AFG2361 link

17 July 2019

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

Five 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.

Airstrikes in the province killed five Taliban fighters and wounded another, Khaama Press reported - though it is not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

According to their "informed military sources" the strikes were carried out in the Kajaki district over the last 24 hours. We are therefore unsure whether the strike was conducted on July 16 or 17.

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.

Without further locational detail from US forces, we cannot be sure that this incident refers to the confirmed US strike.

AFG2360 link

17 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike 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.

AFG2359 link

17 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike hit Farah 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.

AFG2358 link

17 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Two strikes 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.

AFG2357 link

17 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Three strikes hit Baghlan 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.

AFG2356 link

17 July 2019

  • 0-2 reported killed

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

There had been previous reports of a strike in Badghis around this time. Two Taliban fighters were killed in an airstrike in Badghis province, Khaama Press reported - though it is not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Military officials reportedly said that the strike was conducted in the Ab e Kamari 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 had not explicitly given a date for this strike, but they reported on it the day after the confirmed US strike.

Without further locational detail from US Forces, we cannot be sure that this refers to the confirmed US strike in Badghis on this day.

AFG2355 link

16 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Two strikes 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.

AFG2354 link

16 July 2019

  • 0-1 reported killed

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

There had been previous reports of a strike in Wardak around this time. An airstrike in the province killed one Taliban fighter, Khaama Press reported - though it is not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

According to their "informed military sources" the strike was carried out in the Chak e Wardak district over the last 24 hours. We are therefore unsure whether the strike was conducted on July 16 or 17.

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.

Without further locational detail from US Forces we cannot be sure which or either of the Khaama Press reports are referring to the same incident as the confirmed US strike.

AFG2353 link

16 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

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

There had been previous reports of strikes in Nangarhar around this time. An airstrike in the province destroyed a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED), Khaama Press reported - though it is unclear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

According to their "informed military sources" the strikes were carried out in the Khogyani district over the last 24 hours. We are therefore unsure whether the strike was conducted on July 16 or 17.

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.

Without further locational detail from US Forces, we cannot be sure that this incident refers to one of the confirmed US strikes in Nangarhar on this day.

AFG2352 link

16 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike 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.

AFG2351 link

16 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Two strikes 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.

AFG2350 link

16 July 2019

  • 0-5 reported killed

Five 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. Airstrikes in two districts across Helmand province killed at least five Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported - though it is not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Their "informed military officials" reportedly said that one strike in Musa Qala killed two Taliban fighters and another in Sangin killed three.

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 had not explicitly given a date for this strike so we recorded it as the date that it was reported on.

AFG2349 link

16 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Three strikes hit Baghlan 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.

AFG2348 link

16 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Two strikes hit Badghis 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.

AFG2347 link

15 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Four 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.

AFG2346 link

15 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike hit Parwan 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.

AFG2345 link

15 July 2019

  • 0-24 reported killed, including 1-2 children
  • 0-5 reported injured

Two children were killed when a US drone targeted a gathering of the Taliban in Logar province, the New York Times reported. The US later confirmed the death of a child in a strike carried out by coalition forces on this day.

The strike, according to the NYT, hit the Kamal Khail area of Pul e Alam, the provincial capital, and killed 22 Taliban fighters, The two children who were playing in the area also reportedly died. Five other Taliban fighters were reportedly injured.

Khaama Press also reported on this strike, though there was no reference to civilian harm. The 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan military reportedly said in a statement that the US conducted the strikes in the evening of July 15.

The strikes were said to have killed Taliban leaders including Taliban’s Red Unit Commander Qudrat; the brother of shadow governor of Taliban; shadow district chief of Taliban for Mohammad Agha and the Taliban military commission chief for Khusi.

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

AFG2344 link

15 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike hit Kabul 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.

AFG2343 link

15 July 2019

  • 0-4 reported killed

Three 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. An airstrike in the province killed four Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported - though it is not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Military officials reportedly said that the strike was conducted in Sangin 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 had not explicitly given a date for this strike so we recorded it as the date that it was reported on.

Without further locational detail from US Forces, we cannot be sure that this refers to one of three confirmed US strikes in Helmand on this day.

AFG2342 link

15 July 2019

  • 0-15 reported killed

Two 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. Khaama Press reported that Afghan and US forces conducted a series of airstrikes in Ghazni that killed 15 Taliban fighters.

The 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan military reportedly said in a statement that the Afghan and US forces conducted the strikes in the Tangi area of Andar district.

The strikes also reportedly wounded three other Taliban and destroyed a vehicle.

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

Without further locational detail from US Forces, we cannot be sure that this incident refers to one of the confirmed US strikes in Ghazni on this day.

AFG2432C link

15 July 2019

  • 25 reported killed

US forces carried out an airstrike in Wardak province that killed 25 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 Jaghatoo district.

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.

US Forces-Afghanistan did not report any strikes in Wardak on this day in their monthly release of strike data.

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

AFG2341 link

14 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Eight 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.

AFG2340 link

14 July 2019

  • 0-34 reported killed
  • 0-10 reported injured

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

There had been previous reports of strikes in Paktia around this time. US airstrikes in Paktia province killed 32 Taliban fighters and wounded ten others, Khaama Press reported.

The 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan military reportedly said in a statement that the US conducted the strikes in the Sayyid Karam district.

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

A second Khaama Press report the following day stated that a strike in the Gardez district also killed two Taliban fighters - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Without further locational detail from US Forces we cannot be sure which or either of the Khaama Press reports are referring to the same incident as the confirmed US strike.

AFG2339 link

14 July 2019

  • 0-1 reported killed

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

There had been previous reports of strikes in Nangarhar around this time. An airstrike in the province killed one member of Afghanistan's branch of the Islamic State, Khaama Press reported - though it is not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Military officials reportedly said that the strike was conducted in Khogyani 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 had not explicitly given a date for this strike, but they reported on it the day after the confirmed US strike.

AFG2338 link

14 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike 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.

AFG2337 link

14 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Three strikes hit Kunduz 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.

AFG2336 link

14 July 2019

  • 0-1 reported killed

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

There had been previous reports of a strike in Kandahar around this time. An airstrike in the province killed one Taliban fighter, Khaama Press reported - though it is not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

Military officials reportedly said that the strike was conducted in 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 had not explicitly given a date for this strike, but they reported on it the day after the confirmed US strike.

AFG2335 link

14 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Three 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.

AFG2334 link

14 July 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Three strikes hit Farah 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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14 July 2019

  • 8-14 reported killed
  • 0-6 civilians reported killed, including children

A joint raid by Afghan and US special operation forces killed six civilians, including several children in Uruzgan province, New York Times reported.

The Taliban took shelter in a home while fighting the security forces. Local authorities claimed that eight Taliban fighters were killed in the clashes. Several children and the owner of the house in which the Taliban took shelter were among the six killed.