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 2905
Total reported killed 58-1903
Civilian reported killed 22-204
Children reported killed 11-46
Total reported injured 35-322
US Air Force reported air operations, Afghanistan 2019
Total Close Air Support (CAS) sorties with at least one weapon release 869
Total CAS sorties 3279
Total weapons released 2646

Strikes Page 7

AFG2215 link

29 June 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike 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.

AFG2214 link

28 June 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Two strikes hit Takhar 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.

AFG2213 link

28 June 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Three strikes hit Paktika 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.

AFG2212 link

28 June 2019

  • 0-9 reported killed

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

There had been previous reports of a strike in Logar on this day. Khaama Press reported that airstrikes in the province killed up to nine Taliban fighters - most of whom were commanders - though it is not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

In separate Khaama Press reports the Ministry of Defence were cited as confirming the deaths of different Taliban fighters in the Charkh district of Logar province.

In one report the shadow Taliban governor Haji Lala and his two deputies Baryalai and Faridoon, were reported as killed in a strike.

In another report the shadow spy chief of Taliban for Ghazni, Logar, Khost, Paktiya and Kabul, Mawlavi Shams-ur-Rehman, was killed. The strike also reportedly killed Hekmatyar, Shuja and Rauf, "the three foreign comrades of Mawlavi Rehman" as well as Bilal and two other commanders.

The statements were given on June 28 according to Khaama Press, however it does not explicitly say that the strike was on that day.

AFG2211 link

28 June 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike hit Laghman 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.

AFG2210 link

28 June 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Five strikes hit Kapisa 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.

AFG2209 link

28 June 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.

AFG2208 link

28 June 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.

AFG2207 link

28 June 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.

AFG2206 link

28 June 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike hit Faryab 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.

AFG2205 link

28 June 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.

AFG2204 link

27 June 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.

AFG2203 link

27 June 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Three strikes hit Paktia 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.

AFG2202 link

27 June 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike hit Kapisa 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.

AFG2201 link

27 June 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.

AFG2200 link

27 June 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.

AFG2199 link

27 June 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Five 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.

AFG2198 link

27 June 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike hit Faryab 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.

AFG2197 link

27 June 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.

AFG2196 link

27 June 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike hit Badakhshan 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.

AFG2195 link

26 June 2019

  • 0-5 reported killed

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 around this time. The day after this strike, Khaama Press reported that an airstrike in the province killed five Taliban fighters - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

According to "informed military officials" that Khaama Press spoke to, the strike was conducted in the Shinkai district.

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

AFG2194 link

26 June 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike 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.

AFG2193 link

26 June 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Two strikes hit Takhar 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.

AFG2192 link

26 June 2019

  • 0-1 reported injured

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. The day after these strikes, Khaama Press reported that a member of Afghanistan's branch of the Islamic State was injured in an airstrike in the province - though it was not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

According to their "informed military sources" the strike was in Nangarhar's Achin district.

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

AFG2191 link

26 June 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.

AFG2190 link

26 June 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.

AFG2189 link

26 June 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.

AFG2188 link

25 June 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike 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.

AFG2187 link

25 June 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.

AFG2186 link

25 June 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.

AFG2185 link

25 June 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Four strikes hit Laghman 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.

AFG2184 link

25 June 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Two 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.

AFG2183 link

25 June 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.

AFG2182 link

25 June 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.

AFG2181 link

25 June 2019

  • 0-2 reported killed

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

There had been previous reports of strikes in Faryab around this time. The day after this strike, Khaama Press reported that an airstrike in the Bal Chirag district killed two Taliban fighters - though it was unclear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

AFG2180 link

25 June 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike 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.

AFG2179 link

24 June 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.

AFG2178 link

24 June 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.

AFG2177 link

24 June 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.

AFG2176 link

24 June 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike 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.

AFG2175 link

24 June 2019

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

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

There had been previous reports of a strike in Kandahar on this day.

Airstrikes in Kandahar killed eight Taliban fighters, Khaama Press reported - though it is not clear whether US or Afghan forces were responsible.

The 205th Atal Corps reportedly said in a statement that the strikes were carried out in the Tengi Wech area of Shah Wali Kot district. Three Taliban fighters were also reported to be wounded.

While the report says that it was conducted by security forces, it is unclear whether the strike was carried out by US or Afghan forces as the security forces often call in US air support.

AFG2174 link

24 June 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Six 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.

AFG2173C link

24 June 2019

  • 9 reported killed

A series of airstrikes killed a group of nine Taliban fighters on the outskirts of Ghazni city, Khaama Press reported.

The 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan military reportedly said in a statement that the US conducted the strikes in the Gabri and Mangor areas.

The strikes were also reported to have destroyed a vehicle and three motorcycles belonging to the Taliban.

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: Gabri & Mangor areas, Ghazni City, Ghazni
  • Reference: Khaama Press

AFG2173 link

23 June 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.

AFG2172 link

23 June 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Four strikes hit Paktia 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.

AFG2171 link

23 June 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike hit Laghman 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.

AFG2170 link

23 June 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike 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.

AFG2169 link

23 June 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.

AFG2168 link

23 June 2019

  • Unknown casualties

One strike 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.

AFG2167 link

23 June 2019

  • Unknown casualties

Two strikes hit Faryab 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.