Afghanistan: Reported US air and drone strikes 2017

The timeline below contains information on all US air attacks on Afghanistan recorded by the Bureau in 2017. 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 2017
Strikes recorded by the Bureau
Total reported strikes 2353
Total reported killed 684-1081
Civilians reported killed 29-88
Children reported killed 22-28
Total reported injured 125-233

The Air Force publishes its data online in an Air Power Summary – the monthly figures are posted in the second week of the following month. For example, data for January will be posted in the second week of February. Therefore, the figures in the table above and below are only ever accurate up to the end of the previous month.

US Air Force reported air operations, Afghanistan 2017
Total Close Air Support (CAS) sorties with at least one weapon release 761
Total CAS sorties 2806
Total weapons released 2487

Strikes

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18 September 2017

  • 0-10 reported killed, including 0-3 civilians
  • 0-1 civilians reported injured

While local officials reportedly said a strike in Ghazni province killed insurgents, residents have said it led to civilian casualties. It was unclear whether the strike had been carried out by US or Afghan forces. 

Arif Noori, the provincial governor's spokesperson, said the strike killed seven Taliban fighters celebrating gains from an attack the previous day in Balai area of Deh Yak district. He did report that two civilians were injured but said their injuries were not life threatening. 

However, local resident Mohammad Akram said three members of a family were killed and another woman was injured in the strike. He said a mosque was also attacked but there were no casualties. 

The Taliban said their fighters escaped the strike unharmed.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Balai area, Deh Yak district, Ghazni province 
  • References: Pajhwok

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14 September 2017

  • 64 reported killed

Major General Juma Gul Hemat, Kunar province's police chief, told Pajhwok that 64 members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State (IS-K) had been killed in strikes carried out in a number of districts. 

Hemat did not specify whether the strikes were carried out US or Afghan forces, but said they were part of an intensification of military operations against the group. There was no indication of when they took place either, although the information on them was published on September 14. 

Pajhwok reported in the same article that US forces have conducted 35 drone strikes since IS-K "started activities against the government". The source of this information was unclear.

Due to the vagueness of the above information, we cannot record the reported strikes in our database as yet.

  • Type of strike: Possible US air or drone strike
  • Location: Across Kunar province
  • References: Pajhwok 

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11 September 2017

  • 3 reported killed

A US drone strike allegedly killed three Taliban insurgents in Lalpur district in Nangahar province, unnamed local officials told Khaama Press.

This was confirmed by the provincial government media office, Khaama Press said, adding that a statement from the office identified the dead as Shalman, Mahaz, and Waqas. They were not Afghan nationals, it said. 

The Bureau only records strikes reported by named Afghan sources and will be recorded here as a "C" strike - a placeholder that is not included in the strike and casualty tally. We will update this post if more information becomes available. 

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

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11 September 2017

A statement from the Afghan Ministry of Interior announced the death of a local Taliban leader and three other fighters in a strike in Logar province, according to Khaama Press.

The local leader was identified as Qari Ismail, also known as Mir Mohammadi. The three other alleged fighters were named as Qari Sirajuddin, Ahmad Gul and Mohammad Tahir.

It was not clear from the reporting whether the strike was carried out by Afghan or US forces, and as a result we will recorded this strike as a "possible" US strike. It was also not clear on what date the strike took place. Khaama Press reported the statement on September 11.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Ab Josh area, Charkh district, Logar province
  • References: Khaama Press 

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9 September 2017

  • 18 reported killed
  • 7 reported injured

At least 18 members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed and seven others injured in air strike by "foreign forces" in Nangarhar province, a statement from the provincial government office reportedly said.

Only the US, aside from the Afghans, fly strike missions in the country.

"Foreign forces launched airstrikes on the IS militants' hideouts in Loy Payen, Gagra, Langari Kando, Shagha and Miababa areas of the still restive Haska Mena district over the past 24 hours, leaving 18 IS fighters dead and seven others wounded," read the statement, according to Xinhua. Weapons and ammunition were also reportedly destroyed. 

The Bureau only records strikes reported by named Afghan sources. We will update this post if more information becomes available. 

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

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9 September 2017

  • 1 reported killed

Sherin Aqa Faqiryar, a spokesperson for the Afghan Army's Selab 201 Corps, said a commander of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State was killed in a "foreign forces" strike in Kunar province.

Aside from Afghanistan, only the US flies strikes missions in the country. Faqiryar provided no additional details on the strike, which was reported alongside Afghan Air Force strikes in Nuristan province.

It was not clear when the strike took place, but it was reported in Khaama Press on September 9. 

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

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9 September 2017

Afghan Air Force strikes killed and injured dozens of fighters in Nuristan province, according to Sherin Aqa Faqiryar, a spokesperson for Selab 201 Corps.

Faqiryar said 85 fighters were killed but also added that weapons belonging to the group were recovered by security forces during raids, so it was unclear whether the strikes killed all 85. 

The date of the strikes was not clear but TOLO News reported them on September 9. 

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

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7 September 2017

  • 11 reported killed
  • 1 reported injured

At least 11 Taliban insurgents were killed and a further one injured in a US strike in Nangarhar province, unnamed local officials told Khaama Press.

The strike, they said, hit the insurgents in Bati Kot district. A statement from the provincial government reportedly put the location of the strike, which it said was carried out by a drone, in the area of Mangian. 

The sourcing is too vague to confirm this strike as yet. To ensure our data is reliable, the Bureau includes only strikes reported by named Afghan sources. We will update this post if more information becomes available. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Mangian area, Bati Kot district, Nangarhar province 
  • References: Khaama Press

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6 September 2017

  • 3-5 reported killed
  • 3-4 reported injured

Three Taliban insurgents were killed and four others injured in a strike in Maidan Wardak province, according to a "provincial police commandment" statement reported in Khaama Press. A commander of the group was among the dead, the statement said, identifying him as Mawlavi Farid.

Najib Amin, a spokesperson for the provincial police chief, told TOLO News the insurgents were killed as they tried to attack security posts in Markhana village, but said they were killed in an "operation" and did not specify whether this was a strike. TOLO said five people were killed, including the commander, and three others injured.

We cannot add this strike to our database as yet on account of a lack of clarity regarding who carried out the possible strike. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strikes
  • Location: Marko or Markhana village, Nerkh district, Maidan Wardak province
  • References: Khaama Press, TOLO News

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5 September 2017

At least six fighters were killed in a drone strike in Khost province, according to local officials. 

Mobarez Mohammad Zadran, the provincial governor’s spokesperson, told Pajhwok News that the attack took place in Zenikhel area of Nadir Shahwali Kot district in the evening of September 5. 

Army Spokesperson Captain Abdullah confirmed the strike to Xinhua, saying a key Taliban commander identified as Jehad Shad was among the dead. One insurgent was also injured, he said. Abdullah told Xinhua "security forces" carried out the drone strike, without specifying the US. The US is the only country known to be flying armed drones. 

Pajhwok was told by a source who did not want to be named that a drone strike hit a vehicle carrying the commander. They identified him as Jihadshah. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Zenikhel area, Nadir Shahwali Kot district, Khost province
  • References: Pajhwok, Xinhua

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4 September 2017

  • 12 reported killed

A drone strike carried out by "foreign forces" in Kunar province killed 12 members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State, according to Major General Jumma Gul Himmat, the provincial police chief. 

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

Himmat told Pajhwok News that a judge for the group, named as Mualvi Shir Wali, was among the dead, as were two of the group leaders, identified as Rohullah and Gul Khan

Hide-outs in Chapa Dara area, Manogi district, were targeted in the strikes on the night of September 4. 

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

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4 September 2017

  • 0-2 civilians reported killed
  • 0-3 civilians reported injured

Abdul Sami Sharifi, the governor of Kabul's Qarabagh district, told TOLO news that US forces launched a strike on a wedding ceremony after believing guests firing into the air in celebration were attacking them. However, the US has told the Bureau it hit insurgents firing at their helicopters. The wedding party was 500 yards away and was left untouched by the incident, a US spokesperson has said.

According to the governor, two people were killed and three others wounded. TOLO reported that "some sources" had said nearly 20 people had been killed and injured. It was not clear how many had been injured and how many killed, or where the information came from. As a result of the vague sourcing and lack of clarity, we have not included this estimate in our figures. The US has maintained only insurgents were killed in the incident, but did not say how many. 

  • Type of strike: US strike, possibly helicopter strike
  • Location: Jarji village, Qarabagh’s district, Kabul province
  • References: TOLO News, US Forces - Afghanistan via email 

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2 September 2017

  • 2 reported killed

TOLO News reported the death of a key Taliban commander in Parwan province. However, while the local police chief said he was killed in a US drone strike, the provincial governor denied the strike took place. 

Mohammad Masoum Farzayee, police chief of Jabal Saraj district where the incident reportedly took place, said the commander was killed by a US drone strike. It was carried out during a Afghan ground operation in Ezat Khil area of the district, he said. 

“Troops came from Kabul and they launched a military operation in Ezat Khil and the foreign troops also provided support from the air in which Mullah Agha Gul, a Taliban commander and one of his fighters, were killed,” Farzayee told TOLO News. 

However, Mohammad Asim Asim, the provincial governor, rejected the reports of a drone strike. He said a two insurgents had been killed "so far" during a ground operation. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Ezat Khil area, Jabal Saraj district, Parwan province
  • References: TOLO News

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31 August 2017

The US carried out 387 strikes in August, US data shows. 

Most of the strikes – 310 strikes – were carried out in support of Afghan strategic goals, including defending key towns and cities. These are known as "strategic effects" strikes.

There were 60 strikes conducted under force protection rules, which allow the US to take out threats to international as well as Afghan troops who are “in extremis”. 

A further 17 strikes were carried out under counter-terrorism authorities, targeting either al Qaeda or Afghanistan’s branch of Islamic State. 

We did receive a breakdown of strikes by province from Resolute Support, but unlike last month, these were not then broken down into targeting authorities. 

US strikes in August by province
Province Total strikes
Faryab 6
Takhar 3
Sar i Pul 4
Kunduz 32
Nuristan 1
Laghman 18
Nangarhar 128
Kunar 9
Wardak 11
Logar 3
Paktiya 8
Paktika 18
Uruzgan 21
Zabul 6
Kandahar 28
Ghazni 1
Helmand 80
Badghis 3
Farah 7
TOTAL 387

References: US forces - Afghanistan via email

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30 August 2017

  • 0-32 civilians reported killed
  • 0-16 civilians reported injured

The US has launched an "official investigation" into allegations of civilian casualties as a result of an "incident" in Pul e 'Alam District in Logar Province, a US Forces - Afghanistan press release has said. No further details on the incident were given.

Preliminary findings from the UN mission in Afghanistan has found 13 civilians were killed and 12 others injured, in what they said was reportedly air strikes aimed at "anti-government elements" using a civilian compound to attack an aircraft. All were women and children, it said. While the UN did not specify who carried out the strikes, it did mention the US investigation. 

Logar Governor Halim Fedaee told Reuters 11 civilians were killed and 16 wounded when a US helicopter attacked a house in Dashte Bari district where Taliban were sheltering. “The Taliban took position in a civilian house and fired a rocket at a NATO helicopter,” he said. “The house owner begged the Taliban to leave, but they didn’t. The helicopter took a turn, came and hit this house that caused these deaths.”

A resident told Pajhwok News that the strike killed at least 28 civilians, including women and children, after it hit a civilian house on the morning of August 30. Local resident Dawood said the victims came from Khost province but were living in the area. “There were 28 to 32 people living in the house. Only one man of the family who had gone somewhere survived,” he told Pajhwok. 

Another resident told Pajhwok the strike occurred in Sarha Qala area, which he said was "under siege" by both US and Afghan forces and was the site of a US plane crash. The Taliban had said it shot down a US helicopter in Logar, but NATO said the aircraft had made a precautionary landing for a maintenance issue. 

Salim Saleh, the provincial governor’s spokesperson, also said a US strike led to civilian casualties, but he was unsure of the exact number. He told Pajhwok that security forces had been sent to investigate the incident. Saleh was reported in AP saying as yet he could only confirm ten civilians were wounded in an air strike carried out by "joint security forces". 

General Esmatullah Alizai, provincial police chief in Logar, said the strike was carried out by international security forces and led to civilian and insurgent casualties. The US is the only country known to be flying armed drones in Afghanistan.

The Taliban has reportedly claimed 20 civilians were killed in US strikes. 

Resolute Support on Twitter

U.S. Forces-Afghanistan is aware of an incident in the Pul-e 'Alam District in Logar Province

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28 August 2017

  • 14 reported killed

US drone strikes in Nangarhar's Achin district killed 14 IS-K fighters, including a female member of the group, Police Spokesperson Hazrat Hussain Mashirqiwal told Pajhwok News.

The strikes hit hideouts in Mamand Dara, Marghay and Owsatkhan, areas in Achin district, late on August 28, he said. 

Khaama Press also reported the strikes, but said they took place in Mamand, Marghi and Saat areas. The inconsitancy between the reports is likely down to a difference in spelling.

As the strikes hit three different areas, we have recorded three strikes in our database. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Achin district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press, Pajhwok

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28 August 2017

  • 0-53 reported killed, including 15-35 civilians
  • 0-11 reported injured, including 0-7 civilians

Reports surfaced of civilian casualties arising from a strike in Herat's Shindand district, but while some sources said the strike was carried out by Afghan forces, others pointed the finger at the US.

According to UNAMA’s initial enquiries, the air strikes killed at least 15 civilians and injured four others after munitions hit at least two civilian homes. All the victims were women and children it said. However it did not specify who carried out the strike. 

The Afghan defence ministry has said an Afghan aircraft launched a strike on a Taliban target killing 18 insurgents, but said they are now investigating allegations that it led to civilian casualties. A Resolute Support spokesperson also told the Bureau that the strike was carried out by the Afghan side.

Jailani Farhad, spokesperson for the provincial governor, had been quoted saying 13 civilians were killed and seven wounded in the strike in an article which attributed the attack to the Afghan Air Force. 

However, Farhad told Anadolu Agency that US forces carried out the strikes on Taliban targets. He added that 16 insurgents were also killed, including two top commanders, and four others injured. Following the raid 19 civilians were released from Taliban captivity, Farhad said. 

TOLO News also reported a US strike killing civilians, but said it killed 16 and took place in Zerkoh district. Zerkoh appears to an area in Shindad district. Residents reportedly told them three "foreign" aircrafts bombed the village. TOLO quoted a witness saying: “The planes dropped bombs on the Taliban base and then a group of Taliban took shelter inside the houses of the people; at that time, the residents evacuated their homes and took refuge in nearby areas and then the planes dropped bombs on a group of women and children.”

A member of Herat's provincial council, Haji Toryalai Taheri, told DPA 20 civilians were killed. The Taliban put the number of civilians killed at 35, including women and children. 

A hospital spokesperson told TOLO, “Two wounded children and two women were brought here, but a six-year-old boy lost his life due to serious wounds.” 

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26 August 2017

  • 2 reported killed

Two key members of an unnamed militant group were killed in an air strike, Khaama Press reported, but it was not clear whether the strike was carried out by US or Afghan forces. 

The information came from a statement from the 201st Silab Corps, part of the Afghan army. It identified the fighters as Ibrahim and Mullah Khairullah.

The strike took place in Kunar province. Both Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State and the Taliban are present in the province. 

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

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26 August 2017

Strikes hit Taliban insurgents in at least two Helmand districts, Khaama Press reported, but it wasn't clear whether they were US or Afghan strikes.

General Zadran, spokesperson for the 215th Maiwand Corps, said least six insurgents were killed and seven others injured in the first strike, which hit late on August 26 in an area on the outskirts of Lashkargah city called Bolan. The 215th Maiwand Corp is a division of the Afghan army. 

Zadran said a second strike hit Nawa district killing a further seven fighters and destroying weapons, ammunition and vehicles. 

The general said the strikes were carried out jointly by Afghan and US forces. It is not clear what is meant by this so we have been unable to record the strikes in our database as yet. 

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

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24 August 2017

  • 42 reported killed
  • 17 reported injured

Nighttime strikes carried out by "foreign forces" in Kandahar province left 42 fighters dead and a further 17 injured, General Abdul Raziq, a police spokesperson, told Pajhwok. 

The strikes targeted fighters who stormed checkpoints manned by Afghan security forces in Shah Walikot district, Raziq said. 

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

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Shah Walikot district, Kandahar province
  • References: Pajhwok

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23 August 2017

  • 4-5 reported killed

Four Taliban insurgents, including the group’s shadow administrative chief for Chak district in Maidan Wardak province, have been killed in a strike, according to Afghan officials, although the strike has been attributed to both US and Afghan forces by different sources. 

Police Spokesperson Naqibullah Amini said the four were killed in a US strike in Sebkah locality as they attempted to launch an attack against Afghan security forces. The nature of the attack was not specified. He identified the chief as Mualvi Abdul Razeq. Abdul Rahman Mangal, the provincial governor’s spokesman, confirmed Razeq's death in a US strike. 

However, Wardak police told TOLO News the attack was carried out by the Afghan Air Force and killed a total of five insurgents, including Mualvi Abdul Razeq. It  took place in the district's Dahan e Sebak village, the reporting said. 

It was not clear when the strike was carried out, but it was reported on August 23. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Sebkah locality, Chak district, Maidan Wardak province
  • References: Pajhwok, TOLO News

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21 August 2017

  • 4 reported killed

A US drone strike in Nangarhar's Achin district killed four members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State, according to a "provincial police commandment" statement reported in Khaama Press. 

The date of the strike was not given, but it was reported on August 21. A US strike was reported to have hit the same area on that day, killing six members of the group. This could be the same strike. 

The sourcing is too vague to confirm the strike and record it in our database as yet.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike 
  • Location: Marghi area, Achin district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

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21 August 2017

  • 4 reported killed
  • 9 reported injured

A US drone strike killed four Taliban insurgents, including two local leaders, and injured a further nine, the "provincial police commandment" said in a statement. 

The leaders were identified as Salahuddin and Abid.

The sourcing is too vague to confirm the strike and record it in our database as yet.

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

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21 August 2017

  • 4 reported killed

Six members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in a US drone strike in Nangarhar's Achin district, Police Spokesperson Colonel Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal told Pajhwok. 

The strike hit an area called Marghai late on August 21, he said. Weapons and ammunition were also allegedly destroyed. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike 
  • Location: Marghi area, Achin district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

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16 August 2017

  • 45-54 reported killed

At least 45 members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in a US strike in Nangarhar's Achin district, Police Spokesperson Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal told Pajhwok News. Khaama Press reported multiple strikes. 

Drones struck the group's hideouts in the Makrana area of the district late on August 16, Mashriqiwal said. Weapons and ammunition were destroyed in the attack. 

As many as 54 IS-K members were killed and several others wounded, Mashriqiwal added. 

Operations against the group on August 16 in the province led to the death of a US service member. US and Afghan forces were also injured and evacuated for treatment.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Makrana area, Achin district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press, Pajhwok

US service member killed in operation against IS-K link

16 August 2017

A US service member died from wounds sustained during a partnered operation with US and Afghan forces against IS-K in Nangarhar province. 

US and Afghan forces were also injured and have been evacuated for treatment.

References: US Forces - Afghanistan

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14 August 2017

  • 0-20 reported killed

Local officials reported clashes and air strikes during a battle with the Taliban in Helmand's Greshk district. A police official said the strikes were carried out by Afghan and US forces, adding 20 insurgents were killed in them.

We do not have enough information to record the reported US strikes in our database as yet. We will update this post if more information comes to light. 

Type of strike: Possible US strikes
Location: Greshk district, Helmand province
References: Pajhwok

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12 August 2017

  • 5 reported killed

A strike carried out by "foreign air forces" hit a vehicle of explosives killing five insurgents in the recently recaptured Helmand district of Nawa, a local police chief told Pajhwok.

Lt. Abdul Salam said the insurgents were trying to transfer weapons and ammunition in a car when it was hit on the night of August 12. 

Only the US, aside from the Afghans, fly strike missions in the country.

Omar Zwak, Helmand governor’s spokesman, also confirmed the strike to Pajhwok. 

Afghan ground troops began their movement to Nawa district during the early hours of July 15. They had reportedly retaken the district centre by July 17. It had been under Taliban control since October last year. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Shorshorak area, Nawa district, Helmand province
  • References: Pajhwok News 

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11 August 2017

  • 9 reported killed

A US drone strike killed nine fighters in Maidan Wardak province, according to the provincial governor's spokesperson.

Naqibullah Amini told Pajhwok Afghan News the strike hit a vehicle and motorcycles carrying the group of fighters in Chak district. Khaama press said it hit a hatchback and one motorcycle in neighbouring Jaghatoo district.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Maidan Wardak province
  • References: Khaama Press, Pajhwok 

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10 August 2017

  • 4 reported killed

The US announced on August 13 that an airstrike in Kunar province three days prior had killed senior members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State (IS-K).

The strike in Kunar's Darah Ye Pech district killed the provincial leader of the group, Abdul Rahman, and three other senior IS-K members. The US said Rahman was a primary candidate to become the group's emir following the death of Abu Sayed. Sayed was killed in a drone strike on July 11.

“The death of Abdul Rahman deals yet another blow to the senior leadership of ISIS-K,” said General John Nicholson, Commander, US Forces-Afghanistan.“He found out just like those before him that there are no safe havens in Afghanistan. We will hunt them down until they are no longer a threat to the Afghan people and the region”

USForces Afghanistan on Twitter

U.S and Afghan Forces have confirmed the death of Kunar provincial Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan (ISIS-K) emir, Abdul Rahman.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Darah Ye Pech district, Kunar province
  • References: US Forces - Afghanistan press release via email

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10 August 2017

  • 0-21 reported killed, including 0-16 civilians
  • 0-3 reported injured, including 0-1 civilians

Afghan officials said US strikes in Nangarhar's Haska Mena district may have led to civilians casualties, with reports that women and children were among the dead. 

However, the US has strongly denied the claims, saying although it had carried out a strike in the area, it killed fighters and there was "zero chance" it led to civilian casualties.

“The militants were observed loading weapons in to a vehicle and were under surveillance until the vehicle was destroyed by an airstrike,” said Bob Purtiman, United States Forces-Afghanistan spokesman. “The strike was conducted in the middle of open terrain. There was zero chance of civilian casualties.” 

Hajji Saz Wali, the governor of the district, had told New York Times civilians were killed when strikes hit the vehicles they were travelling in, but told VOA the strikes hit one vehicle and a group of civilians in separate areas. Eight of the victims belonged one one family, while four others were from a second family, he said. It seemed Wali told AFP a single strike killed eleven people and wounded one, all of which were civilians from one family. 

"The victims were beyond recognition, and they were placed inside the sacks and were buried late last night," Wali told AFP.

Mohammada Khan told New York Times that he had lost six members of his family, including two children and two women, in the strike. He said it hit a minibus in which they were fleeing.  

“We got to the area of the bombing and put their body parts in a truck and brought them to Jalalabad city, where we buried them this morning,” he told NYT. “There were no ISIS members in the area. It was not a valley or a mountainous area. It was a clear area, and they should understand that people in the vehicle are civilians, as the car was a civilian car.” 

The governor of the province, Attaullah Khogyani, confirmed to AFP a strike killed civilians but was unable to say whether the US carried it out. He told TOLO News the identity of those killed was not clear. 

Dawlat Waziri, a spokesman for Afghanistan's defence ministry, said it was a US strike but said he did not know of any civilian casualties. "In the strike, five insurgents were killed and two others were wounded," he told AFP, adding that a delegation to investigate if civilians were killed has been appointed. 

Both AFP and VOA reported at least 16 dead, although it is not clear where they got this number from as none of the sources featured appear to give this figure. TOLO News quoted unnamed sources saying 16 civilians had died in US strikes.

The US said this is the second false claim of civilian casualties coming from Haska Mena in three weeks. The press release did not provide details of the first incident it is referring to, but it could be a July 23 strike that residents reportedly said hit a funeral ceremony, killing eight civilians and injuring ten others.

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A U.S. airstrike killed militants and destroyed a vehicle in the Haska Mena district of Nangarhar Province on the evening of August 10.

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9 August 2017

  • 8 reported killed

At least eight Taliban insurgents, including three commanders, were killed in a US drone strike in Laghman province, a spokesperson for the provincial governor told Pajhwok News. 

Sarhadi Zwak said the strike hit around 2100 local time in the Masoom area of Alishang district as the insurgents were leaving the area. 

He identified two of the dead as Shah Jahan and Taza Gul. Khaama Press described Jahan as a prominent Taliban leader and brother of former Taliban leader Zar Jan. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Masoom area, Alishang district, Laghman province
  • References:Khaama Press, Pajhwok News

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9 August 2017

  • 6 reported killed

At least six Taliban insurgents were killed in a drone strike carried out by "foreign troops" in Farah province, unnamed security officials told TOLO News. The US is the only country known to be flying armed drones in Afghanistan.

The strike targeted two vehicles of the insurgents on Pesht road, the officials reportedly said, although no additional details were given regarding where in the province the road is located.

The sourcing is too vague to confirm this a US strike and include it in our database as yet. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Farah province
  • References: TOLO News

Afghan Air Force strike link

9 August 2017

  • 0-40 reported killed
  • 0-20 injured

The Afghan Air Force carried out 16 strikes over a 24 hour period, the Afghan Ministry of Defence said.

The MoD spokesperson said at least 40 insurgents had been killed and nearly 20 injured in operations across the county, but it was not clear whether the deaths were the result of the strikes.

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Multiple province
  • References: Khaama Press

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7 August 2017

  • 2-7 reported killed
  • 0-4 reported injured

At least seven Taliban insurgents were killed and four others injured in a drone strike in Ghazni province late on August 7, Police Spokesperson Fahim Amarkhel told Pajhwok News. 

A vehicle full of weapons was destroyed in the strike, he said.

A local resident said the strike however killed three insurgents. The Taliban spokesperson reportedly confirmed the strike hit a vehicle carrying weapons, but said it resulted in the deaths of two of the group's fighters. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Gilan district, Ghazni province
  • References: Pajhwok, TOLO News

Afghan Air Force strike link

6 August 2017

  • 6 reported killed

An Afghan Air Force air strike killed six fighters in Faryab province, an army press officer told Xinhua. 

The strike was part of an ongoing clearance operation called "Nawad-3" which is taking place in Daulat Abad, Shirin Tagab and Khawja Sabzposh districts of Faryab, Nastratullah Jamshidi told Xinhua.

It was not clear which group the fighters belonged to, or what day the strike took place. It was reported by Xinhua on August 6. 

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Rahmat Abad village, Daulat Abad district, Faryab province 
  • References: Xinhua

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5 August 2017

  • 3 reported killed

Three members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in a US drone strike in Kunar province, Major General Jumma Gul Himmat, the provincial police chief, told Pajhwok News. 

One of the dead was identified as Abdul Majeed, who was reportedly in charge of the group's prisons in Kunar or in charge of the group’s prisoners’ affairs, as VOA put it.

The strike hit a "hideout" used by the group in the night of August 5, the police chief said. 

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

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4 August 2017

  • 50 reported killed
  • 3 reported injured

An estimated 50 Taliban members were killed and three others wounded un a US strike in Khost province, a local official told Xinhua.

Gulab Mangal, who is the chief of Musa Khil district, where the strike took place, said it hit a remote area late in the evening of August 4. It destroyed a Taliban "hideout", and some of the group's weapons and ammunition, he said. 

The Afghan ministry of defence reportedly confirmed 50 insurgents were killed in Khost, but it was not clear from their press release who carried out the strike.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Piri area, Musa Khil district, Khost province
  • References: Xinhua, Afghan MoD

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31 July 2017

The Bureau received a breakdown of US strikes in Afghanistan by province for the first time.

The data shows nearly half of July's 358 strikes hit eastern Nangarhar province. This is where Islamic State - Khorasan (IS-K), the local IS franchise, is most entrenched.

Most of the strikes – 210 strikes – were carried out in support of Afghan strategic goals, including defending key towns and cities. These are known as "strategic effects" strikes.

There were 118 strikes conducted under force protection rules, which allow the US to take out threats to international as well as Afghan troops who are “in extremis”. 

A further 30 strikes were carried out under counter-terrorism authorities, targeting either al Qaeda or Afghanistan’s branch of Isis.

We had recorded between 95 and 97 strikes for July. The additional strikes have been added to the database under a single entry.

US strikes by province
US strikes in July by province and type
Province Total strikes Strategic effects Counter-terrorism Force protection
Faryab 1 1 0 0
Jawzjan 3 0 3 0
Sar i Pul 3 3 0 0
Kunduz 34 18 1 15
Parwan 2 2 0 0
Laghman 1 1 0 0
Nangarhar 169 100 9 60
Kunar 11 4 7 0
Wardak 1 0 0 1
Logar 6 5 0 1
Paktiya 4 2 2 0
Paktika 1 0 1 0
Uruzgan 1 1 0 0
Zabul 3 0 3 0
Kandahar 8 5 3 0
Helmand 110 68 1 41
TOTAL 358 210 30 118

References: US Forces – Afghanistan via email

AFG375C link

31 July 2017

  • 1 reported killed

A youth from the Indian state of Kerala may have been killed in a drone strike. It is thought he joined Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State, residing in Nangarhar province, where the group have a stronghold. 

The family of Mohammad Marwan received a message on July 31 via the messaging app Telegram saying he had died in a drone strike a few days prior, an unnamed official from India's National Investigation Agency told local news.

Marwan is reported to have left home in May 2016, telling relatives he was heading to Mumbai. 

The sourcing is too vague to confirm this strike as yet.

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31 July 2017

  • 7 reported killed

Seven members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State (IS-K) were killed when a drone struck a hideout in Kunar province, Major General Jumma Gul Himmat, the provincial police chief, told Pajhwok News.

The strike, which took place around at 1100 local time, killed a commander, the police chief said. 

A US strike on the headquarters of the group in the same province on July 11 killed IS-K's leader, Abu Sayed, and four other senior advisors. 

According to recent US estimates, IS-K fighters are present in five provinces, but their main presence is in Nangarhar’s Achin and Deh Bala districts. They are on the run with no significant territory in the other districts, the US have said. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Talona area, Watapur district, Kunar province
  • References: Pajhwok, US Forces - Afghanistan via email, US Forces - Afghanistan press release

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28 July 2017

  • 8 reportedly killed

Local officials have said an important IS-K "hideout" was destroyed in an air strike in Nangarhar's Achin district, according to Khaama Press.

Eight alleged members of the group reportedly died in the strike.

It was however not clear if US or Afghan forces carried out the strike. The date it occurred was also not clear, but the Khaama Press report was published on July 28.

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

Afghan Air Force strikes link

26 July 2017

Afghan security forces forces trying to retake a district from the Taliban have been supported by Afghan Air Force strikes.

Taywara in Ghor province fell to the Taliban on July 23, although local officials said Afghan forces regained control on July 27. After the Taliban seized control reports surfaced of doctors and patients in the district hospital being shot dead by the group's fighters.

US Spokesperson Captain William Salvin confirmed all strikes were carried out by the Afghan Air Force. "That is a demonstration of the AAF's growing capability to support (Afghan) troops on the ground," he said. 

The strikes were carried out in the days following the district falling to the Taliban. 

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Taywara district, Ghor province
  • References: Reuters, TOLO News

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26 July 2017

  • 8 reported killed

Several air strikes targeted hideouts of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State killing at least eight members, local security officials told Khaama Press. 

It was not clear whether the strikes were carried out by US or Afghan forces. It was also not clear when the strikes took place although they were reported on July 26.

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

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24 July 2017

  • 28 reported killed
  • 6 reported injured

At least 28 Taliban insurgents were killed in a strike carried out by Afghan forces, according to local officials. Seven local commanders of the group were allegedly among the dead. 

The strike took place in Kohistan district in Faryab province. The district was reported to have fallen to the Taliban the day before following fierce battles between the insurgents and Afghan forces.

Around 50 members of the Afghan forces are allegedly surrounded by the insurgents in the district's Khair Abad village. The Taliban have told tribal elders if the security forces don't surrender, they will kill them all, according to the spokesperson for the provincial governor. 

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Kohistan district, Faryab province 
  • References: TOLO News 

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23 July 2017

  • 0-8 civilians reported killed, including an unknown number of children
  • 0-33 people reported killed
  • 0-25 reported injured, including 0-10 civilians

Residents have said a US strike in Nangarhar's Haska Mena district hit a funeral ceremony, killing eight civilians and injuring ten others, including women and children. 

The prayer service was reportedly for a deceased tribal elder, named as Haji Aman by a resident who sustained injuries in the attack interviewed by Pajhwok. 

“People had gathered in Meyaje Baba area for a prayer ceremony when foreign forces bombed them and killed lots of people and now we brought a number of wounded people to the hospital,” another Haska Mena resident told TOLO News.

Other sources reportedly told Pajhwok the ceremony was for an IS-K commander and a large number of the group's members were present. 

Local officials have said that IS-K members had been firing from civilian homes. The district administrative chief, Sazoli Shinwari, said they fired at security forces close to the site of the ceremony, although in another report he referred to "joint forces" being targeted. 

The governor's spokesperson said "joint" air and ground operations were carried out in various areas of Haska Mena district, but forces were met with fire in Mianji Baba, reportedly the site of the strike. Twenty-five members of the group, including three leaders, were killed and 15 more wounded in the operations. 

Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, provincial police spokesperson, commented: "Daesh [IS-K] was using civilian houses and foreign forces tried a lot to not harm civilians; a number of Daesh commanders were killed in the strike." A total of 25 IS-K were killed in two strikes in two different villages, the police said.

Shinwari said the strike hit a house in Mariz Kandaw area (Mianji Baba village is reportedly in this area) at around 3pm local time. He said it belonged to Aman Bacha, who had died and his relatives were gathered in the house to mourn his death at the time of the strike. Sixteen fighters, alongside eight civilians, including children, were also killed, he said. Pajhwok reporters said four civilian homes were hit, leading to the civilian casualties. 

An unnamed official told Pajhwok six bodies had been identified so far, and six people were injured, including three children and one woman. An Afghan army’s engineering unit was also injured in the incident, the source said. 

Dr. Najibullah Kamawal, Nangarhar's public health director, said eight people had been bought to Jalalabad hospital, although one has since been discharged. Six of those still in the hospital are women, he said. 

The clashes may have also resulted in additional deaths - a tribal elder Maroof Shah Khan told Pajhwok ten people, including two women, were killed and eight more, including two women and three children, were injured in the drone strike and clashes.

The US said it was aware of the allegations. "I can confirm that we did take strikes in that general area, and the investigation will seek to determine whether our strikes resulted in deaths and injuries to non-combatants," Captain William Salvin told the Bureau. "As you know, we take these allegations very seriously and investigate each of them. We also continue to take every possible precaution to prevent civilian casualties."

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Haska Mena district, Nangarhar province
  • References: TOLO News, Pajhwok, Pajhwok, US Forces - Afghanistan via email

AFG373C link

22 July 2017

  • 0-17 reported killed
  • 0-15 reported injured

Khaama Press reported the death of Mawlavi Shahidullah, described as a prominent Taliban leader.

While the headline of the report said Shahidullah died in an air strike, it did not specify whether this was carried out by US or Afghan forces. 

The body of the article also said he was killed during air and ground operations. A police official said at least 17 Taliban insurgents were killed and 15 others injured during operations in three areas in Kunduz. 

The information is not clear enough to record this strike in our dataset as yet.

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

AFG373 link

21 July 2017

Fifty-two strikes were carried out in Helmand over the past five days, the US military headquarters in Kabul told Reuters.

Ten of these took place in Gereshk district on July 20. These ten have been added as a separate entry (see entry below). We have recorded the remaining 42 in this entry. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Helmand province
  • References: Reuters

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21 July 2017

  • 9-16 reported killed
  • 2 reported injured
  • Reported friendly fire incident

A US air strike accidentally killed Afghan forces in Gereshk district, Helmand province, on the afternoon of July 21.

"During a US supported ANDSF operation, aerial fires resulted in the deaths of the friendly Afghan forces who were gathered in a compound," a Resolute Support press release said. "We would like to express our deepest condolences to the families affected by this unfortunate incident." 

The Afghan Ministry of Interior said the incident had happened “due to wrong coordination”. 

A spokesperson for the US military told the Washington Post at least nine “local security personnel aligned with Afghan Government forces” had been killed. Abdul Ghafar Safi, Helmand provincial police chief, had put the number of ANP (Afghan National Police) personnel killed at 12, with two others injured, but in later reporting this rose to 16. Two commanders of the national police were among the dead, according to the provincial governor.

More details surfaced on the circumstances of the strike. Soldiers and residents told TOLO News US strikes targeted a number of checkpoints.“The policemen were here in this house which was bombarded and all of them were killed,” a soldier told the news site. 

The police chief said Taliban fighters had captured villages in the district, but the US hit a retaken village. Helmand’s governor, Hayatullah Hayat, said the situation in the area was complicated - Taliban had reportedly captured police posts and vehicles used by the police making the two groups hard to distinguish between. 

Haji Abdulhai, a relative of one of the victims, said, “Fighting started on Friday morning and was still ongoing by the afternoon but foreign forces did not interfere. When the village was cleared, they conducted the air strike. Those ordered the strike should be brought to justice.” 

  • Type of strike: US air and drone strike
  • Location: Parchaw village, Gereshk district, Helmand province
  • References: US Forces - Afghanistan, Washington Post, BBCReuters, TOLO News

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20 July 2017

The US military headquarters in Kabul told Reuters on July 21 they had carried out 52 strikes in Helmand in the last five days. 

Ten of these took place in Gereshk district on July 20. We have recorded these ten in this entry, and the remaining strikes are recorded in entry AFG373.

The following day, a strike in Gereshk district accidently killed at least nine members of the Afghan forces.  

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Gereshk district, Helmand province
  • References: Reuters 

AFG370 link

20 July 2017

  • 4 reported killed

Four Taliban members were allegedly killed in an overnight drone strike in Watapur district, Helmand, according to Hazrat Hussain Mashraqiwal, a police spokesperson. 

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

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19 July 2017

  • 5 reported killed
  • 1 reported injured

A US drone strike killed five alleged Taliban members and wounded one other in Nangarhar's Lalpur district, local officials told Khaama Press.

The sourcing was too vague to confirm it as a US strike and include it in our strike tally as yet. 

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

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17 July 2017

  • 4 reported killed

An Afghan Air Force strike allegedly killed two local Taliban leaders, Khalilullah Zeyaye, a police commander said. 

According to the commander, the dead included Mawlawi Nooruddin, reportedly the Taliban's deputy shadow governor for Kunduz, and also Zabihullah Majroh, described as the group's former district governor for Chahardara district.

However, the report said the strike targeted a vehicle the men were travelling in. We are not sure how likely it is that the Afghan Air Force have the capability to strike moving targets as yet, and so we have recorded this as a possible US strike. 

Two other insurgents were allegedly killed. 

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

AFG369 link

15 July 2017

  • 0-38 reported killed

US air strikes were carried out to aid Afghan National Security and Defence Forces as they battled to take back the district centre of Nawa from the Taliban.

The Afghan ground troops began their movement to Nawa district during the early hours of July 15. They had reportedly retaken the district centre by July 17. It had been under Taliban control since October last year. 

"Under the watchful presence of the Afghan National Army scan eagle and coalition unmanned aerial systems, F-16s and AH-64 Apaches set conditions, conducted air strikes and covered the flanks of the maneuver elements to decrease the amount of friction felt by the ground forces and allowed freedom of manoeuvre," a news article on Resolute Supports website read.

"The air support provided by the coalition forces increased the morale amongst the Afghan Uniform Police personnel," said Lt. Col. Mohammad Omar, the acting operations officer with the 505th Zone National Police. "Something that they never had in the past fighting with the enemies."

"Nawa plays a large role in the security of Lashkar Gah because it is one of the larger towns that's just south of Lashkar Gah," Col. David Gibbs, the commanding officer for team police, Task Force Southwest, said in the release. 

"Nawa is a major north-south route for transportation, so as people travel north, they would typically travel through Nawa. From that perspective it's a very significant geographic location," Colonel Gibbs added.   

ANDSF replace Taliban flags with the Afghanistan national flag after they reclaim the Nawa district center. Photo by Resolute Support

Afghan officials have estimated that at least 38 Taliban fighters were killed during the operation, including in the air strikes, according to FDD's Long War Journal. 

We do not know how many strikes were carried out by the US during this operation. We have recorded two strikes in our dataset as we know there was more than one, but can't be sure how many more. Its likely there were more strikes conducted than this, and we have sent an email to Resolute Support to try and get an exact number. 

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15 July 2017

  • 1 reported injured

There were reports of a US strike hitting a school in Kunduz province and some civilian houses, a claim the US has strongly denied.

Mujib Mehrdad, a spokesman for education ministry, reportedly confirmed a school was hit in the area and said an investigation was underway. 

The principle of Mashad high school, where the attack allegedly took place, said it occurred at around 4:00am local time and partially damaged the school building.

Syed Mahmood Danish, a spokesperson for the governor, said that school was mistakenly hit, and the aim was to target Taliban fighters in Khwaja Ghaltan school.

1TV News reported one person was injured in the alleged strike on the school. 

Amruddin, a resident in the area, told Pajhwok: “We are seriously concerned about airstrikes on residential areas, it means people are not safe even in their homes.”

Lower house members have demanded an investigation into the strike. 

A US reply to the Afghan National Directorate of Security allegedly said the damage of was caused by a kitchen fire and explosion. It said several "terrain denial strikes" were conducted in Kunduz in the night, hitting areas in an open field. No civilians were seen in the area and no structures were hit, the reply said. 

A Resolute Support spokesperson said the claim of a strike hitting a school was false. "We took four strikes in Kunduz that overnight period (14-15 July). The closest point of impact of any piece of ordinance was 2.25KM from the school," Captain William Salvin said. 

He added that they are however conducting a formal inquiry so they can document the claim and preserve the evidence of what they find. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Kunduz city, Kunduz province
  • References: 1TV NewsPajhwok, US Forces - Afghanistan via email

AFG368 link

14 July 2017

  • 8 reported killed

A Taliban commander and seven other fighters were killed when a drone hit a car in Nangarhar province on the night of July 14, according to Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor. 

“The strike occurred in Mashwani area of Bati Kot district. No harm has been done to civilians,” Khogyani told Anadolu Agency. 

He identified the commander as Shaista Khan, also known as Kamran. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Mashwani area, Bati Kot district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Anadolu Agency

AFG367C link

13 July 2017

  • 0-26 reported killed, including a possible 6 civilians
  • 8-14 reported wounded, including civilians

Reports surfaced of civilian casualties in Sajawal Kala near Uruzgan's capital Tarin Kot, although it was unclear if these resulted from strikes or an Afghan special forces raid. 

“At least eight people, all civilians, were wounded,” in the strike, said Zia-ul-Rahman, a doctor in the hospital where the wounded were taken. “Among the victims were five women, two children and a young man,” he told AFP. Another doctor said the strike was carried out by "foreign forces". 

The same doctor told Pajhwok four women three children and some men had been injured in a night raid by the Afghan special forces. 

Earlier, a police commander told Pajhwok that 18 Taliban, including commanders, were killed in the raid. However, hospital staff and local residents said there had been civilian casualties. Adam Khan, a local resident who was reportedly a family member of someone injured in the alleged raid, said security forces had opened fire killing six civilians and wounding 14 others.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location:  Sajawal Kala, Tarin Kot, Uruzgan
  • References: Pajhwok, AFP

AFG367 link

11 July 2017

  • 5-11 reported killed

A US strike on the headquarters of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State in Kunar province killed Abu Sayed, the "emir" of the group, a US Forces - Afghanistan press release said. An additional four senior advisors of the group were killed, according to a later press release. 

A Resolute Support spokesperson confirmed the strike was carried out by a drone. The initial Pentagon statement had reportedly described Sayed as being killed in a raid.

"Abu Sayad is the third ISIS-K emir we have killed in the last year and we will continue until they are annihilated," said General John Nicholson, US Forces - Afghanistan commander.

Abu Sayed was chosen to lead the group after Abdul Hasib, the previous leader, was killed in a joint raid by US and Afghan forces in April this year. He replaced Hafiz Sayed Khan who was killed in a US drone strike in July 2016. Both were reportedly killed in Achin district, Nangarhar province. 

Pajhwok News was told by a source in the TTP that Sayed had previously been the second-in-command of the group, but he joined IS-K last year. Pajhwok alleged that Sayed was from Bajaur, in Pakistan's tribal region, which borders Kunar province. 

The Washington Post reported a US official saying the strike targeted a meeting, adding that US forces had not been tracking Sayed for long. 

Other members of the group were killed in the strike, the Pentagon had said, but they weren't identified until a US Forces - Afghanistan press release on July 30. It named and described them as follows: Sheik Ziaullah, the group's emir of religion; Mulawi Hubaib, the senior commander in Watahpur Valley; Haji Shirullah, IS-K  commander and former Hezb e Islami Gulbuddin commander; and Assadullah, a senior IS-K shura member and a close associate of Abu Sayed.

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GEN John Nicholson, Commander U.S. Forces Afghanistan, speaks about the July 11th killing of ISIS-K leader Abu Sayed. Video below. https://t.co/p21ryG4Wlh

We had seen reports of a strike killing between 9-11 members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State in Kunar province on July 11.

“The drone strike targeted IS militants in the Gambir region,”Juma Gul Hemmat, the provincial police chief, told VOA’s Afghan service. “Four IS commanders along with seven of their fighters were killed in the strike.”

The commanders killed reportedly included Mohammad Rahman, described as in control of the group's financial affairs, and Noora, allegedly charged with recruiting new fighters in the province. A brother of Rahman was also killed in the strike, Hemmat said.

The strike targeted a gathering of the group, he Hemmat added. 

It is unclear whether this is the same strike as the one in the entry below. It reportedly took place on the same day also in Gambir. It was reported to have killed nine members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State, including commanders, one of which was called Nora. 

This information also came from Hemmat, but at the time he said it was carried out by Afghan forces, contradicting another official. He also told Pajhwok a US strike killed 11 of the group and took place in Katar Kala area of Watapur district. During this comment he said four commanders were killed, including a financier. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike 
  • Location: Kunar province 
  • References: VOAPajhwok, US Forces - Afghanistan press release, Pentagon press release, PajhwokWashington Post, US Forces - Afghanistan press release

AFG366C link

11 July 2017

  • 9 reported killed

A strike in Watapur District in Kunar province is reported to have killed at least nine alleged members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State, but there is some disagreement over whether it was carried out by Afghan or US forces. 

Farid Dehqan, spokesperson for the provincial police, told Afghan Islamic Press a US drone targeted the fighters around 5.30pm local time. Three of the men killed were local commanders of the group he said.

However, Provincial Police Chief General Juma Gul Hemat told Xinhua a strike was carried out by Afghan forces in the same area around 6pm local time. He said it hit a hideout of the group, killing local ISIS-K leaders Nora and Zia-ul-Haq, and Rahim Ullah, described as a "weapon and cash facilitator" for the group. 

Afghan Air Force strike link

11 July 2017

  • 6 reported killed
  • 6 reported injured

Six Taliban fighters were killed and six others injured as a result of an Afghan air strike and ground operation in Laghman province, Major Sherin Agha Faqiri, spokesperson for an Afghan army division, told Pajhwok News.

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Alingar district, Laghman province
  • References: Pajhwok 

AFG366 link

11 July 2017

  • 5 reported killed

A US strike overnight killed five Taliban fighters and wounded one other, according to a local government official. 

"The air strike took place in Janat Bagh locality of Khan Abad district, east of provincial capital Kunduz city. The strike also destroyed the targeted militants' hideout and one militant was injured by the raid," district Governor Hayyatullah Amiri told Xinhua.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Janat Bagh area, Khan Abad district, Kunduz province
  • References: Xinhua

AFG365 link

9 July 2017

  • 2 reported killed

Two Taliban members were killed in a US drone strike in Laghman province, Sarhadi Zwak, the provincial governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok.

The insurgents were targeted in Amber area, Qaghayio district, he said.

The date of the strike was not given, but the Pajhwok report on it was published on July 9. 

This is only the second confirmed US strike we have recorded in Laghman province since we began tracking strikes in Afghanistan in January 2015. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike 
  • Location: Amber area, Qaghayio district, Laghman province 
  • References: Pajhwok

Afghan Air Force strike link

9 July 2017

  • 5 reported killed

An Afghan Air Force strike killed five commanders of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State in Jawzjan province, the Afghan National Directorate of Security said in a statement.  

The men were reportedly targeted in Chaqmah Chuqar village in Qosh Tapa district while travelling in a car.  

The statement reportedly identified the dead as Qari Mohibullah and Faiz Mohammad, described as leaders of the group, Damullah Sadruddin and Mullah Abdul Ahad, described as commanders, and Qari Mawdoud, reportedly the financial chief of the district. Spelling of the names differed in the various news reports on the strike. 

It is not clear when the strike took place but it was reported on July 9. 

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Chaqmah Chuqar village, Qosh Tapa district, Jawzjan province 
  • References: TOLO News, Khaama Press, Pajhwok

AFG364 link

8 July 2017

  • 7-16 reported killed
  • 0-1 civilian casualties

A US strike in Paktia province was reported to have killed both Taliban and members of what was described was an anti-Taliban uprising. The Taliban also reported a civilian death.

Kaftan Ekhlas, the head of Zurmat District, the area where the strike is reported to have taken place, told  Afghan Islamic Press that the US hit during a clash in the night between Afghan security forces and the Taliban in the district's Dawlatzai area.

"Eight Taliban and eight local members of the anti-Taliban uprising were killed," he said, adding an investigation has been launched. 

He could be referring to local residents who take up arms to defend their area from the Taliban, something that has been reported in various provinces in Afghanistan over the years. 

The report said the Paktia province governor's spokesperson confirmed the incident, adding that seven Taliban had been killed. It was not clear if this was in addition to the "anti-Taliban uprising" members. 

Meanwhile a Taliban spokesperson said the strike killed eight "arbakis", which Afghan Islamic Press said means local police, in the Dawlatzai area. The group placed the area in Gardez, the capital of Paktia and not in Zurmat district. Gardez and Zurmat are neighbouring districts. 

The Taliban said a civilian was also killed.

The Bureau has contacted Resolute Support for comment on this and will update this post if the Nato command responds.

AFG363 link

8 July 2017

  • 7 reported killed

A US drone strike killed seven fighters in Paktia province late on July 8, Abdullah Hasrat, the provincial governor’s spokesperson told Khaama Press. 

It was not clear what group the alleged fighters belonged to, Khaama Press said. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Mamozo area, Zurmat district, Paktia province 
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG362C link

7 July 2017

  • 3 reported killed

The "provincial police commandment" reported a drone strike in Nangarhar province, which reportedly left three fighters dead.

The dead were identified as Abdullah, Zakir, and Kochi Afridi, and were reported to have belonged to the Afridi group. This could mean they are members of the Afridi, a Pashtun tribe.  

The sourcing for the strike is too vague to confirm them as yet. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strikes
  • Location:  Golai area, Ghani Khel district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG362 link

7 July 2017

  • 14 reported killed
  • 11 reported injured

A strike killed 14 alleged members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State and injured a further 11, Nangarhar Police Spokesperson Hazrat Mashraqiwal told Afghan Islamic Press. 

It took place in Oghz area, Haska Mena district, he said. 

While Afghan Islamic Press said it was not clear who carried out the strike, Khaama Press reported it as being carried out by a drone. The US is the only country known to be flying armed drones in Afghanistan.

AFG361Ciii link

5 July 2017

  • 5 reported killed

Khaama Press reported two strikes in Nangarhar province on July 5, but it was not clear whether they were carried out by US or Afghan forces. 

The first strike reportedly took place in Spin Zhari area of Nazian district, allegedly killing a Lashkar e Islam commander named Shah Nawaz. The second strike is reported to have hit Mia Baba area in Haska Mina district, which is believed to have killed four members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State.

The source for both strikes was a Nangarhar police statement. We are reaching out to them for more information on who carried out the strike. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Spin Zhari area, Nazian district and Mia Baba area, Haska Mina district, Nangarhar province 
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG361Cii link

5 July 2017

  • 18 reported killed

Eighteen Taliban members, including a commander, were killed in an overnight strike on the outskirts of Tarin Kot, a police official told Pajhwok news agency. 

Lieutenant Zainullah identified the commander as Mullah Ihsanullah. 

He said the insurgents were planning to attack security posts in the area when they were hit by the strikes. 

It was however not clear if the strike was carried out by Afghan or US forces.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Mehrabad area, Tarin Kot, Uruzgan province
  • References: Pajhwok 

AFG361Ci link

4 July 2017

  • 3 reported killed

Three members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in air strikes carried out in Achin district of Nangarhar province, a statement from a division of the Afghan army reportedly said. 

The strikes hit the areas of Gorgori, Deh Bala and Momandwach, it said. 

Two Pakistan nationals were allegedly among the three fighters killed. 

It was not clear if this was an Afghan or US strike. 

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

AFG361C link

2 July 2017

  • 42 reported killed
  • 27 reported injured

Operations carried out by Afghan special forces and supported by US air strikes killed at least 42 Taliban members and wounded a further 27 others, a statement from the local government media office reportedly said.

The operations reportedly took place in three different areas of Nad Ali district, Helmand province. 

Details of the operation seemed very similar to another operation reported on the same night (see entry AFG262). Afghan ground troops with US air support conducted night raids in three areas of a Helmand district, but the district was Nawa.

At least 42 Taliban were reportedly killed in both incidents, and four vehicles and eighteen motorcycles were also destroyed in both.

There were some differences between the two reported incidents. Four senior Taliban members were reportedly killed in the operations reported in Nad Ali, while the Nawa operations allegedly resulted in the deaths of eight commanders. The number of fighters injured also differed. 

We have recorded the strikes reported in Nad Ali as possible strikes. The notable similarities mean this entry could be referring to the same operation recorded in entry AFG362. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Nad Ali district, Helmand province
  • References: Khaama Press 

AFG361 link

2 July 2017

  • 15 reported killed
  • 9 reported injured

Fifteen Taliban fighters were killed and nine others wounded in an air strike carried out by "foreign forces" in Nad Ali district, Helmand Police Spokesperson Abdul Salam Afghan told Pajhwok.

Only the US, and the Afghans, fly strike missions in the country.

Pajhwok reported that the strike took place in Nad Ali, a district it said was in both Helmand province and Kandahar province. Nad Ali district is in Helmand province. 

Salam Afghan said the strike occurred at noon in the Gropshash area of the district. A resident reported it took place in Zabar village. 

Three vehicles and some weapons belonging to the Taliban were also destroyed, the police spokesperson said. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Zabar village, Gropshash area, Nad Ali district, Helmand province
  • References: Pajhwok

Afghan Air Force strike link

2 July 2017

  • 12 reported killed

An Afghan Air Force strike killed 12 Taliban, according to the Helmand governor. The strike hit in the Bolan area of the capital, Lashkar Gah.

AFG360 link

2 July 2017

  • 1-42 reported killed
  • 0-36 reported wounded

Afghan ground troops with US air support conducted night raids in three areas of Nawa district - more than 40 Taliban were reported killed.

A spokesperson from the US-led Nato force in Afghanistan, Resolute Support, told the Bureau US forces carried out one strike and killed one insurgent, suggesting the remaining 39 were killed by Afghan ground forces.

The US strike was classified as a "Strategic Effects" strikes, operations allowed by rules introduced by the US in June 2016 to allow its air forces to take the fight to the Taliban.

Abdul Salam Afghan, police spokesperson, said: "Eight of the killed Taliban were local group commanders and a report about the killing of the Taliban shadow governor, Mullah Mannan, was also received but it has not been confirmed yet. According to our sources, Mullah Mannan himself came to this area last night to plan large-scale attacks. Our intelligence personnel have been collecting information about his death."

Four cars and 18 motorbikes were destroyed, Salam added. Goli Khan, Helmand security command's intelligence chief, "gave similar information" to Afghan but said two vehicles were destroyed, according to the Afghan Islamic Press.

Unattributed strike link

2 July 2017

  • 4-5 reported killed

Senior ISIS leaders were believed to be among four or five men who were killed in a US strike in Kunar, according to the provincial governor and Afghan security officials.

However a Resolute Support spokesperson denied US action took place, telling the Bureau: "We have no reports of a US strike in that district or province on that date."

The strike hit at 1630 local time (1200 GMT) and two ISIS commanders were among the dead, according to the provincial police spokesperson, Faridullah Dehqan.

The police chief, Juma Gul Hemat, said preliminary reports indicated two of the group's most senior figures were among five dead men. He said they were thought to be the group's recruitment chief and finance chief.

Kunar's governor, Waheedullah Kalimzai said the strike killed four men and identified one as Hazrat Gul.

The strike hit in a mountainous area controlled by the militants, Kalimzai added. This was the second strike on ISIS fighters in Kunar province in three days.

AFG359Ci link

1 July 2017

  • 10 reported killed
  • 5 reported injured

Ten fighters were killed and five others were wounded in a strike in Uruzgan province, police official Malik Zaren told Pajhwok. 

The strike allegedly hit a Taliban convoy in Mehrabad area, Tarin Kot. A commander of the group was killed, Zaren said. 

It was however not clear whether US or Afghan forces had carried out the strike. It was also not clear when it took place, although it was reported on July 1. 

  • Type of attack: Possible US air or drone strike
  • Location: Mehrabad locality, Tarin Kot, Uruzgan province
  • References: Pajhwok 

AFG359C link

1 July 2017

  • 5 reported killed

Five members of the Haqqani network were killed in a drone strike carried out by Afghan forces, according to a Afghan army commander.

Afghan forces do use drones for surveillance purposes, but do not fly armed drones. They do however carry out air strikes. It could be the commander was referring to an Afghan air strike or a US drone strike. Due to the confusion, we will record this strike as a possible US strike. 

The date of the strike was also not clear, although it was reported on July 1. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Margha area, Barmal district, Paktika province 
  • References: Pajhwok 

Afghan Air Force strike link

1 July 2017

  • 4 civilians reported injured

Four civilians were wounded in a helicopter attack on a house in Khwazakhel area, according to a resident.

This helicopter attack followed the air strike that killed Mullah Gardez. It was not clear at first if it was a US or Afghan helicopter attack. However the a spokesperson at Resolute Support, the US-led Nato mission in Afghanistan, said: "We have no reports of a US strike in that district or province on that date." Afghan officials speaking to the Bureau neither confirmed nor denied their forces carried out the attack.

  • Type of attack: Possible Afghan Air Force strike
  • Location: Khwazakhel area, Sherzad district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Afghan Islamic Press (BBC Monitoring), US Forces - Afghanistan via email, Bureau reporter

AFG359 link

1 July 2017

  • 4 reported killed

US air forces carried out a force protection strike in Nangarhar district, destroying two suicide-car bombs - also known as vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED) - according to a spokesperson from the US-led Nato mission to Afghanistan, Resolute Support (RS).

There was no word on casualties from RS but local residents said four Taliban fighters including a senior leader were killed in the strike. Mullah Gardez (aka Mullah Khadem) was deputy shadow governor of Sherzad district. He and his companions were killed in a strike on their vehicle. Two of the men killed were from the Merkikhel area where the strike hit at about 2100 local time (1630 GMT).

AFG358 link

1 July 2017

  • 11 reported killed

US air forces carried out 27 airstrikes in Achin district, Nangarhar, over the course of July 1, a Resolute Support (RS) spokesperson told the Bureau.

Hazrat Hossain Mashriqiwal, Nangarhar's police spokesperson, told reporters 11 Islamic State fighters were killed - RS confirmed 11 insurgents were killed but did not elaborate on their affiliation.

Twenty of the strikes were classed as Strategic Effects strikes, allowed under a rule introduced in June 2016 allowing the US to carry out offensive strikes against the Taliban in support of Afghan "strategic effects" - as opposed to defensive strikes, intended to prevent a strategic setback such as losing control of a city.

The remaining seven strikes were classed as self defence strikes, close air support strikes used to either kill or repel enemy forces attacking or about to attack US or allied troops. Though in extreme circumstances US aircraft can provide Afghan troops with this kind of air support, it is usually reserved for international forces in Afghanistan. These seven attacks suggest US or international forces were present in the district, either conducting unilateral counter-terrorism operations against al Qaeda or Islamic State, or working with partnered Afghan ground forces.

  • Type of attack: US strike
  • Location: Achin district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Noor TV (via BBC Monitoring), US Forces - Afghanistan via email

AFG357Ci link

1 July 2017

  • 22 reported killed
  • 14 reported wounded

Three Taliban commanders and 19 foot soldiers were killed in a US air strike, local media reported - attributing the story to an Afghan National Army press release.

A spokesperson for Resolute Support however denied US forces carried out the attack, telling the Bureau: "We have no reports of a US strike in that district or province on that date."

The statement from the 209 Corps identified the Taliban commanders as ModasirQari Naim and Mohammad Aga.

  • Type of attack: US strike
  • Location: Imam Saheb district, Kunduz province
  • References: Noor TV (via BBC Monitoring), US Forces - Afghanistan via email

AFG357C link

1 July 2017

  • 2 reported killed

Afghan sources said a second US airstrike in Jowzjan province in as many days killed two ISIS commanders. As with the strike reported the day before, Resolute Support denied it carried out the attack, telling the Bureau: "We have no reports of a US strike in that district or province on that date."

Baz Mohammed Dawar, the acting district chief, told Afghan Islamic Press that the dead commanders, Shams ul Haq and Mohammed Morad, were responsible for many killings in the district.

Afghan Air Force strike link

1 July 2017

  • 11-17 reported killed

As many as 17 ISIS fighters were killed in a series of Afghan air strikes, according to the provincial governor's office.

A statement from Nangarhar governor's office said: "A total of six armed members of the [ISIS] were killed and their weapons destroyed in air attacks in the Tora Bora and the Alfkhel areas in Pachir wa Agam District last night."

Five more ISIS fighters were reported killed in Tangi area, Achin district, the statement added.

The same night, the Afghan National Army's 201 Corps said six armed men were killed in strikes in Tora Pana, Shabdara, Woch Lakad, Bakra Sar and Shahidano Sar areas of Kot district.

AFG357 link

30 June 2017

The US conducted 308 strikes in June, according to figures given to the Bureau by a US spokesperson - 90 fewer than were reported in May.

The majority of the strikes - 253 - were in support of Afghan ground forces, under rules passed by the Obama administration in June 2016. A further 41 were classified as counter-terrorism strikes, targeting ISIS and al Qaeda. The remaining 14 were classified as force protection, where air strikes are used to protect international ground forces and occasionally Afghan troops, when they are "in extremis" - facing an critical and imminent threat.

The Bureau had already recorded 16 strikes that were published in open sources in June therefore the remaining 292 have now been added to the database.

References: US Forces - Afghanistan via email

AFG356C link

30 June 2017

  • 10 reported killed

Provincial security officials said 10 ISIS fighters were killed in a US air strike, which a spokesperson from Resolute Support denied, saying: "We have no reports of a US strike in that district or province on that date."

The strike hit late in the evening in Jawzjan province, in the north of Afghanistan. Five of the dead were said to be senior leaders. Provincial security chief Abdul Hafiz Khashi said the main ISIS commander in the province, Mullah Abdul Ahad (aka Hezbollah), was among the dead.

Khashi also identified four other ISIS leaders from Darzab district: Mohibullah, ISIS commander in Sardara village; Mahboobullah, commander in Batu village; Sadruddin, commander in charge of logistics; and Faiz Malang, another commander of the group.

Afghan Air Force strike link

30 June 2017

  • 13 reported killed

A series of Afghan Air Force strikes killed 13 insurgents in three provinces. Five of the dead were reported to be ISIS fighters.

  • Type of attack: Afghan Air Force strikes
  • Location: Paktika, Sar e Pul and Jawzjan provinces
  • References: TOLO News

AFG356 link

29 June 2017

  • 2-4 reported killed
  • 0-3 reported injured

A US airstrike killed "two insurgents" in an airstrike in Uruzgan district, Resolute Support (RS) told the Bureau.

The RS spokesperson did not identify the dead insurgents however local police officials said they were Mulah Abdullah (aka Jihadyar), a local Taliban leader, and, Amin Ullah (aka Omar), another Taliban fighter.

The Afghan military told Xinhua its special forces carried out the operation after the Afghanistan Operational Coordination Group received a tip-off that the Taliban leader was in the Khas district of the province.

But this was contradicted by RS who said the attack was a "Strategic Effects" strike, meaning it was a proactive strike targeting the Taliban, having a strategic benefit for the Afghan security forces.

Police officials told the Bureau and TOLO News that the Taliban commander and his deputy were killed by US drones along with two more Taliban fighters. Drones had reportedly been operating over the area more frequently in the days leading up to this attack.

The commander was killed along with another Taliban fighter,. Abdullah was said to be the leader of a Taliban unit based in the province named Qaitah e Surkh.

Jihadyar was the leader of a "Red Unit" of the Taliban fighters in the area said the police chief of Khas Uruzgan. It is a Taliban "special forces" brigade that apparently has better weapons and equipment than most Taliban fighters. 

The area in which the attack happened is under Taliban control and is called Fairooj. Abdullah's death was a substantial achievement for the Afghan government forces in the area, according to the Khas Uruzgan police chief, Mullah Abdul Samad. Abdullah commanded 200 to 250 men and was planning to attack Khas Uruzgan in the following week.

  • Type of attack: Afghan Air Force or US strike
  • Location: Khas district, Uruzgan province
  • References: Xinhua, TOLO News, Bureau researcher, US Forces - Afghanistan via email

Afghan Air Force strike link

29 June 2017

  • 20 reported killed

The Afghan Ministry of Defence said air strikes over the course of 24 hours left at least 20 ISIS fighters dead in Nangarhar province.

The statement, reported by Khaama Press, said the air strikes were in support of the Afghan National Security Forces' ongoing counter-ISIS ground operation in the province.

  • Type of attack: Afghan Air Force strikes
  • Location: Achin district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG355 link

29 June 2017

  • 3 reported killed
  • 1 reported injured

A US drone or air strike killed three ISIS fighters dead in Kunar province, according to US and Afghan officials.

Resolute Support confirmed it conducted the attack in an email to the Bureau on June 30. A spokesperson said: "We did conduct a counter-terror strike in Kunar province last night. Beyond that, we don't discuss details of [counterterrorism] strikes."

Provincial police spokesperson Faridullah Dehqan told Khaama Press the strike hit late on June 29, in Manoqi district.

ISIS has built a presence in eight districts in Kunar, the provincial police chief told Voice of America a week before this strike. It is not clear if this attack represents a new front for the ongoing US air and ground operations against ISIS in Afghanistan. Resolute Support would not be drawn into discussing future operations, the spokesperson told the Bureau.

  • Type of attack: US strike
  • Location: Manogi district, Kunar province
  • References: Khaama Press, Resolute Support via email

Afghan Air Force strike link

27 June 2017

  • 12 reported killed

At least 12 insurgent fighters were reported killed in Afghan strikes on in Achin, Nangarhar.

It was not clear if the fighters were ISIS or Taliban, Khaama Press reported. The Afghan Ministry of Defence said the attacks were in Achin district and destroyed seven "hideouts".

  • Type of attack: Afghan Air Force strike
  • Location: Achin district, Nangarhar province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

Afghan Air Force strike link

27 June 2017

  • 6 reported killed
  • 4 reported injured

At least six "insurgents" were reported killed by Afghan air forces in Helmand, the Ministry of Defence announced.

That attack in Musa Qala district also wounded four more, according to a Khaama Press report.

An unnamed local insurgent leader was said to be among the dead though anti-government groups had not commented on that point by the time reports of the strike were published online.

  • Type of attack: Afghan Air Force strike
  • Location: Musa Qala district, Helmand province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

AFG354C link

25 June 2017

  • 0-16 civilians reported killed

Amaq, Islamic State's news outlet, said US strikes in Achin district in Nangarhar province on June 25 killed sixteen people from the same family. 

BBC Monitoring said key IS-linked propaganda outlets on the messaging app Telegram posted graphic images of corpses of children, allegedly taken following the strikes. Amaq's logo was featured on the images.

When the Bureau asked the Afghan Ministry of Defence and the provincial governor’s office about these claims, they said they had not come heard about such an attack. But tribal elders and a provincial council member said they had heard that civilians were killed in a strike, including women and children. One elder reported they were the extended family of an IS-K judge, widows of dead fighters and their children.

“We were unable to conclusively prove that the civilian casualties were the result of US air strikes," Resolute Support told the Bureau. "We also were unable to conclusively disprove that US air strikes were the cause.”  

Afghan Air Force strike link

23 June 2017

  • 6 reported killed

The Afghan Air Force killed six "militants" including a member of al Qaeda, the Ministry of Defence in Kabul said.

The air operation was carried out through June 23 and into June 24. Two vehicles were destroyed - the MoD said they were carrying weapons and ammunition.

  • Type of attack: Afghan Air Force strike
  • Location: Jaghatoo district, Maidan Wardak province
  • Reference: Khaama Press

AFG354 link

22 June 2017

The US carried out nine air-to-ground engagements in Nangarhar province between June 10 and June 22, a US spokesperson said. 

The Bureau had requested to know how many strikes hit in the province's Tora Bora area in the lead-up to reports Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State had captured it from the Taliban on June 14. The area, once Osama bin Laden's hide-out, was recaptured by Afghan security forces, officials said. 

While we had recorded two possible strikes in Nangarhar province during that time-frame, vague sourcing meant we couldn't confirm them. Nine strikes have now been added to our Afghanistan strike tally. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Nangarhar province
  • References: US Forces Afghanistan - via email, The New York Times, AP, AP

AFG353CV link

18 June 2017

  • 6 reported killed

Six Haqqani network members, including two of the groups's commanders were killed in an air strike, according to a Ministry of Interior statement reported by TOLO News. 

The commanders were named as Abdul Aziz and Ghalchakai. 

The strike took place at around 5am local time, the statement said. 

It was not clear if US or Afghan forces had conducted the strike.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Shaikhan area, Argon district, Paktika province
  • References: TOLO News 

Seven US soldiers wounded in insider attack at Camp Shaheen link

17 June 2017

Seven US service members were wounded and evacuated for treatment after an insider attack in Mazar e Sharif's Camp Shaheen, the US military said. An Afghan soldier was killed and one other was also wounded, it added. 

An Afghan official had said four US soldiers had been shot and killed, but this was reportedly false. 

Major Nasratullah Jamshidi, a spokesman for the 209th Corps, said the attacker, allegedly an Afghan commando, was shot and died on his way to hospital. 

The Express reported a statement from Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid saying an Afghan commando loyal to the group had carried out the attack, which he said killed four foreign "invaders" and wounded four others. 

The incident, which took place at 2pm local time, was under investigation, US Resolute support said. 

The camp was the site of the Afghan military’s biggest loss of life in the past 16 years in April this year. Taliban fighters stormed the base killing at least 140 Afghan soldiers. 

Location: Camp Shaheen, Mazar e Sharif, Balkh province
References: The New York Times, Reuters, The Express, BBC, The GuardianResolute Support via Twitter

Resolute Support on Twitter

UPDATE: Seven U.S. service members wounded, evacuated for treatment. Insider attack Camp Shaheen, Mazar-e Sharif under investigation https://t.co/WXujMMXA3U

AFG353IV link

15 June 2017

  • 20 reported killed

At least twenty insurgents were killed during air strikes carried out by Afghan and US forces, local officials told Khaama Press.

The air strikes targeted Taliban hideouts, the official said. 

The sourcing is too vague to confirm these strikes. The reporting also includes few details. 

An Afghan Air Force strike which reportedly took place the day before also hit in the same area and targeted hideouts. This strike is listed in the entry below. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Wakil Wazir, Marjah district, Helmand province
  • References: Khaama Press 

Afghan Air Force strike link

14 June 2017

  • 43 reported killed

An Afghan Air Force strike killed 43 Taliban fighters in Helmand province, according to an Afghan Ministry of Interior statement. 

The statement said the group's hideouts were hit and a number of weapons were destroyed. 

AFG353Ciii link

13 June 2017

  • 7 reported killed
  • 4 reported injured

An air strike killed seven Taliban insurgents and injured four others, local government officials reportedly told Khaama Press.

The strike was reported alongside clashes between fighters of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State and Taliban fighters. 

It was not clear when the strike took place but information on it was published on June 13. It was also not clear whether the strike was carried out by US or Afghan forces. 

It should be noted that there was another strike reported in the same district on the same day with the same number of alleged Taliban insurgents killed, but this supposedly took place in a different area and injured two insurgents not four.  

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Sparai area, Chaparhar district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama PressPajhwok

AFG353Cii link

13 June 2017

  • 7 reported killed
  • 2 reported injured

Seven Taliban members were killed and two others injured during an airstrike in Chaparhar district of Nangarhar province, according to a vaguely sourced Pajhwok report. 

According to the report, the strike took place in Garatak and Babakhel areas, which seems to be two separate areas. It could be that there were two strikes.

A vehicle and a machine-gun were also reportedly destroyed.

The strike was not attributed to either Afghan or US forces. The date it took place was also not clear, but it was reported on June 13. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Garatak and Babakhel areas, Charparhar district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Pajhwok

Attack on military convoy link

12 June 2017

A convoy of US and Afghan soldiers was struck by a roadside bomb and attacked by small arms fire in Nangarhar province, a US military statement announced. 

Reports soon surfaced that US troops fired indiscriminately after the explosion, and may have killed civilians. 

"As the bomb blast hit their vehicle, the US troops starting shooting," Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor, told Al Jazeera. Khogyani said the incident took place in Ghani Khel district. 

Al Jazeera reported that an Afghan civilian and his two young sons were killed in the gunfire. Witnesses told them Ziyar Gul, a brick kiln labourer, was at work with his sons at the time - eight-year-old Faridullah and 10-year-old Sharafat. 

A US Forces - Afghanistan press release said the convoy returned fire in self-defence and they had not received any official allegations of civilian casualties. The New York Times however reported the US military saying they were aware of civilian casualty reports and were investigating them. A spokesperson from Resolute Support told us that they were investigating reports from the media but the civilian casualty allegations are yet to be deemed "official". 

Location: Ghani Khel district, Nangarhar province 
References: The New York Times, US Forces - Afghanistan press release via email, Al Jazeera, US Resolute Support via email 

AFG353Ci link

11 June 2017

  • 8 reported killed

Air strikes destroyed a Taliban run factory producing Improvised Explosive Devices leaving eight insurgents dead, according to unnamed local officials reported in Khaama Press.

An IED expert from the Taliban was allegedly killed in the attack.

It took place in Nahr e Saraj district, Helmand province at some point over the past 24 hours, according to the Khaama Press report published at around noon local time on June 11. 

It was not clear if this was an Afghan or US strike so it cannot be added to our strike tally as yet. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Nahr e Saraj, Helmand province 
  • References: Khaama Press 

AFG353C link

11 June 2017

  • 1 reported killed

A strike reportedly killed Mullah Abdul Bari, identified as the Taliban's military commission chief in Helmand, according to a statement from the 215th Maiwand Corps of the Afghan army reported in Khaama Press.

While the title of the Khaama Press report on the strike said it was carried out by a drone (the US is the only country known to fly armed drones), the remainder of the report did not mention the use of a drone meaning the strike could have been carried out by the Afghan forces.

Mullah Abdul Bari's death has been reported on at least one other occasion. The Afghan Ministry of Defense allegedly said he had been killed in a joint raid in 2008. 

The strike reportedly took place late at night on June 11. No additional casualties were reported. 

Three US soldiers killed, 1 injured link

10 June 2017

Three American soldiers were killed and one injured in Peka Valley, Nangarhar province, the US Department of Defence said. 

They were reportedly shot by a member of the Afghan special forces. It is believed the attacker was killed. 

The US soldiers killed were identified as Sgt. Eric M. Houck, 25, Sgt. William M. Bays, 29, and Corporal Dillon C. Baldridge, 22. 

A senior Nangarhar official told the Guardian, the Afghan soldier had gotten into a heated argument with the US soldiers and shot four of them. 

The Afghan Taliban however reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the Afghan solider was one of several Taliban infiltrators in the Afghan army. 

An investigation into the incident is underway. 

Location: Peka Valley, Achin district, Nangarhar province 
References: The Guardian, Reuters, US Department of Defence press release, US Department of Defence press release  

AFG353 link

9 June 2017

  • 2-10 reported killed
  • 0-16 reported injured

Members of Afghan Border Police were killed when a US aircraft "returned fire" during an operation in Helmand operation, a US military spokesman said, according to Reuters

Conducted overnight, the operation was a ANDSF and US partnered operation, US Forces - Afghanistan said in a press release.

Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the Helmand governor, told AFP the policemen were patrolling too close to a Taliban base when they came under attack. Taliban members were also killed in the strike, he said. 

Zwak told The Guardian it hit the district centre of Nad Ali, targeting an Afghan border police checkpoint at around 10pm local time. According to Razia Baluch, a provincial council member, the incident took place in the Loy Bagh area of Nad Ali district.  

How many ABP were killed and wounded varied in the reporting around the incident - Zwak reportedly told AFP two officers were killed and four others wounded but Reuters reported him saying three policemen died and two were wounded. Local officials told TOLO News a US strike killed two border officers, but there was no mention of any officers injured. According to Al Jazeera, DPA news agency said ten members of security forces were killed and 16 were wounded.

An investigation is being conducted to determine the specific circumstances that led to this incident, US Forces - Afghanistan said in a press release.  

“We would like to express our deepest condolences to the families of the ABP members affected by this unfortunate incident,” it said.

AFG352 link

8 June 2017

  • 10 reported killed

Air strikes carried out in two separate areas in the district of Kost district of Nangarhar province killed ten member of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State, according to Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor. 

They were conducted by "foreign forces", he said. Only the US, and the Afghans, fly strike missions in the country.

The strikes took place in the areas of Nargose and Chenar of the district, Khogyani said. Kost district does not appear on maps of Nangarghar. There is however a Kot district. 

The strikes have been recorded under one entry in our strike dataset, but as two strikes. They occurred at some point over the past 24 hour period, according to reporting published on the morning of June 8. 

Khaama Press also reported strikes in Kot district at a similar time. It is not clear if these are the same strikes, although the strikes reported by Khaama led to a much higher casualty count. These strikes were not confirmed because of vague sourcing. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Nargose and Chenar area, Kot district, Nangarhar province
  • References: TOLO News, Khaama Press 

AFG351Ciii link

7 June 2017

  • 44 reported killed

Air strikes carried out in Nangarhar province resulted in heavy casualties for Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State, according to a statement from the provincial government media office reported by Khaama Press. 

Strikes were carried out in Kot district as Afghan security forces were on the ground carrying out counter-terrrorim operations, the statement said, but it was not clear whether the strikes were Afghan or US strikes. 

The same news report mentioned strikes in Achin district. It was also not clear whether US or Afghan forces conducted these.

Strikes in both districts reportedly claimed the lives of 44 members of the group, with 15 fighters killed in the Achin strikes. 

The date of the operations was unclear, but they were reported on June 7. 

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

Afghan Air Force strike link

7 June 2017

  • 11 reported killed

At least eleven fighters were killed in Afghan air strike, according to a statement from the "provincial police commandment" reported in Khaama Press. 

The statement said Afghan security forces were conducting operations in Imam Sahib district, Kunduz province, and hit the fighters who had reportedly taken position inside a house. The house was allegedly the residence of the fighter's commander, named as Momin, where IEDs were said to be being made. 

At least nine of those killed were from Tajikistan, the statement said.

The date was also not clear, but the information was published on June 7. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike 
  • Location: Imam Sahib district, Kunduz province 
  • References: Khaama Press 

AFG351Cii link

6 June 2017

  • 29 reported killed

Air strikes killed 29 members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State in Nangarhar province, according to Attaullah Khogyani, the governor’s spokesperson, as reported by Pajhwok. 

The strikes reportedly hit hideouts of the group over the past 24 hours. 

It was not clear whether the strikes had been carried out by Afghan or US forces. We can therefor not include this in our strike tally as yet. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Nargosi area, Kot district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Pajhwok

AFG351Ci link

5 June 2017

  • 0-22 reported killed

Local officials reportedly said a series of air strikes and ground operations in Nangarhar province's Achin district killed at least 22 members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State. 

The operations reportedly took place in Mamand Dara, Lata Band Bazar, Pekha, and some other areas in Achin district at some point over the 24 hours before the information was published on the morning of June 5. 

Two local leaders of group were among the dead, according to the officials who identified them as Saqib and Noman. Three vehicles were also destroyed, they said.

It was unclear how many of the dead were killed by the strikes, and if the strikes were carried out by Afghan or US forces. 

The information is too unclear at this point to record this operation in our dataset. 

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


AFG351C link

5 June 2017

  • 23 reported killed
  • 40 reported injured

An air strike allegedly killed 23 Taliban members and injured 40 others, according to a Ministry of Defence statement reported in Khaama Press. 

The statement said that weapons, ammunitions and other military equipment belonging to the group was also destroyed in the strike. 

It was however not clear of the strike was conducted by US or Afghan force. The date of the strike was also not clear, but the information on it was published by Khaama Press on June 5. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Jalriz district, Maidan Wardak province
  • References: Khaama Press 

Afghan Air Force strike link

4 June 2017

  • 11 reported killed
  • 6 reported injured

The Taliban shadow governor for Kapisa province was allegedly killed by an Afghan Air Force strike, according to Mohammad Razaq Yaqoubi, described by TOLO News as the provincial police chief. 

The shadow governor was identified as Mawlawi Hedayatullah. A further ten Taliban members were also reportedly killed in the strike and six others injured. 

It was not clear when the strike took place, but information on it was published on June 4. 

  • Type of strike: AAF strike 
  • Location: Kapisa province
  • References: TOLO News 

AFG351 link

3 June 2017

  • 1 reported killed

US Forces - Afghanistan confirmed the death of Jawad Khan in a strike, described as "senior director of media production" for Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State.

A "media production hub" was also destroyed in the attack, it said, which took place on June 3 in Achin district, Nangarhar province. The US did not publish Information on the strike or Khan's death until June 16. 

"The removal of Khan will deprive the group of an experienced media production director and skilled propagandist. This strike also destroyed a major ISIS-K media production hub and disrupts their connections to ISIS main in Syria," a US Forces - Afghanistan press release said. 

General John Nicholson commented, “His death will disrupt the ISIS-K network, degrade their recruitment process and hinder their attempts to conduct international operations.” He added, “There is no safe haven for ISIS-K in Afghanistan. With our Afghan partners we will continue to aggressively target ISIS-K and defeat them.”

No additional casualties were reported. 

USForces Afghanistan on Twitter

ISIS-K senior media official killed in airstrike.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Achin district, Nangarhar province
  • References: US Forces – Afghanistan via email 

AFG350 link

31 May 2017

The US conducted 398 strikes in Afghanistan in May, according to figures given to the Bureau by a US spokesperson. 

Most of the strikes – 247 strikes – targeted the Taliban, under rules passed by the Obama administration in June 2016. A further 78 were conducted under counter-terrorism authorities, targeting either al Qaeda or Afghanistan’s branch of Isis. There were 73 strikes conducted under force protection rules, which allow the US to take out threats to international as well as Afghan troops who are “in extremis”. 

The Bureau had recorded between 10 and 11 strikes for this month, so we have added the remaining strikes to our database. 

References: US Forces – Afghanistan via email 

AFG349 link

31 May 2017

  • 25 reported killed
  • 20 reported injured

A US air strike hit the outskirts of Tarin Kot city late on the night of May 31 killing at least 25 Taliban fighters, according to Malik Zainullah, reportedly a commander of the first brigade of the Afghan National Police.

The local leader of the group was among the dead, he said, and at least 20 fighters were wounded in the strike. It also destroyed several vehicles, motorcycles and weapons belonging to the Taliban, Zainullah said. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Outskirts of Tarin Kot city, Uruzgan province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG348 link

30 May 2017

  • 7 reported killed

Seven Taliban members, including a key commander, were killed in a drone strike in Dasht e Archi district, according to the district governor. The district lies in Kunduz province. 

“Acting upon intelligence report, the security forces conducted drone strike against Taliban hideout in Mullah Qali area early morning today, killing seven rebels including notorious commander Mullah Ismael on the spot,” Nasrudin Nazari, the district governor, told Xinhua.

Mullah Ismael allegedly commanded Taliban fighters in Dasht e Archi district and neighboring Chardara district, alongside some nearby areas.

The date of the strike was not clear, but it was reported on May 30.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike 
  • Location: Mullah Qali area, Dasht e Archi district, Kunduz province 
  • References: Xinhua 

AFG347 link

29 May 2017

  • 3-4 reported killed

Four members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State, including a commander of the group, were killed in a US strike in Nangarhar province, Attaullah Khogyani, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok.  

A statement from the "provincial police commandment" reported in Khaama press said a drone strike killed three members of the group, including a local leader, identified as Asadullah

The date of the strike was not clear, but both media sites reported it on May 29. 

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

AFG346 link

26 May 2017

  • 4-13 reported killed

Four Taliban fighters, including a key commander Mullah Mohammad Noor Haqqani, were killed in a drone strike, according to Zalmai Farooqi, the governor of Kunduz province.  

"Acting upon intelligence report, drone attack was conducted against a Taliban hideout in Zadran locality of Chardara district at 03:00 am local time today (May 26). As a result Taliban key commander Mullah Mohammad Noor Haqqani along with three of his armed bodyguards were killed," Farooqi told Xinhua.

The US is the only air force known to be flying armed drones in Afghanistan.

Khaama Press said Haqqani, described as Taliban’s military commission chief for Kunduz province, had been killed late on May 25, hours after carrying out a deadly rocket attack. They however did not mention the use of a drone, and did not indicate whether US or Afghan forces had conducted the strike. 

A later Khaama Press article mentioned Haqqani as one of three Taliban leaders killed in drone strikes in Esa Khel village, Chardara district in the evening of May 25. A further ten fighters were killed in these strikes, it said. The source for this information was Inamuddin Rahmani, a spokesman for Kunduz police. 

The Taliban’s "commander of the masked unit" Mawlavi Abdul Khaliq was allegedly killed, alongside his deputy Qari Shah Jahan.

The reporting was not clear regarding these strikes, so we have used a range to express the ambiguity.

AFG345Ciii link

23 May 2017

  • 1 reported killed
  • 9 reported injured

The "provincial police commandment" said an air strike killed Mullah Abdullah, described as the Taliban's deputy chief for Taloka village in Kunduz province. 

The strike allegedly wounded a further nine insurgents, with six said to be in a critical condition. It reportedly hit on the outskirts of Kunduz city. 

The reporting around the strike included a line saying the commandment said the Taliban's shadow district chief for Qala-e-Zal was among eight militants killed in the airstrike. We had already recorded that strike as a possible strike. While the phrasing appears to suggest this is the same strike, they reportedly took place in slightly different places and had a different casualty count. 

It was not clear whether Afghan or US forces conducted this strike. The date was also not clear but it was reported on May 23. 

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

AFG345Cii link

22 May 2017

  • 8 reported killed
  • 4 reported injured

Eight Taliban members were killed in a US drone strike, including the group’s shadow district chief for Qala e Zal, according to a statement from the "provincial police commandment" reported in Khaama Press. 

The district chief was identified as Mawlavi Dost Mohammad

The strike, which the statement said took place at 12.30am local time, also reportedly injured four other Taliban members and destroyed two vehicles.

It is not clear when the strike may have taken place, but it was reported on May 22. The sourcing however is too vague to include it in our strike tally as yet. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Qala e Zal, Kunduz province 
  • References: Khaama Press 

AFG345Ci link

21 May 2017

  • 7 reported killed

At least seven members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed during the operations conducted with air support, according to what was described by Khaama Press as the "provincial police commandment".

Air support means air strikes were likely carried out in support of Afghan forces engaged in ground operations. It was however not clear whether Afghan or US forces carried out the strikes. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike 
  • Location: Latakpur and Kandi Bagh areas of Chaparhar district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG345C link

21 May 2017

  • 53 reported killed

A series of air strikes in Uruzgan province killed at least 53 insurgents, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defence.

It was not clear whether the strikes were carried out by Afghan or US forces. The date of the strikes was also not clear, but Khaama Press reported them on May 21. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Shah Mansoori area, outskirts of Tarin Kot city, Uruzgan province
  • References: Khaama Press 

Afghan Air Force strike link

19 May 2017

  • 7 reported killed

Seven insurgents were killed in an air strike and ground offensive in Maidan Wardak province, according to Naqibullah Amini, a police spokesman.

Pajhwok identified one of the dead as Hameedullah, but he was described as the Taliban shadow governor for Kabul province and also a key member of the Haqqani Network. 

The seven were killed in a security forces operation, Pajwok said, making it likely they were killed by Afghan forces. It was unclear how many of them were killed in the strike and how many were killed in the ground offensive.

  • Type of strike: AAF strike 
  • Location: Narkh district, Maidan Wardak 
  • References: Pajhwok

AFG345 link

18 May 2017

  • 14 reported killed
  • 8 reported injured

A strike conducted by US forces killed 14 alleged insurgents and wounded a further eight, according to a provincial government statement reported by Khaama Press. 

The strike also destroyed what was described as four of the group's hideouts, it said. 

The strike was reported alongside another strike in the same district, detailed above. It was not clear when they took place, but they were reported on May 18. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Omarzo area, Garamser district, Helmand province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG344 link

18 May 2017

  • 9 reported killed

A US strike killed nine alleged insurgents and destroyed the two vehicles they were travelling in, according to a provincial government statement reported by Khaama Press.

The strike was reported alongside another strike in the same district, detailed below. It was not clear when the strikes took place, but they were reported on May 18. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Kamarbandi area, Garamser district, Helmand province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG343Ciiii link

17 May 2017

  • 4 reported killed

The Afghan Ministry of Defence said at least four members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in an air strike in Bati Kot district, Nangarhar province.

It was not clear whether US or Afghan forces had conducted the strike. The date of the strike was also not given but it was reported in Khaama Press on May 17. 

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

AFG343Ciii link

16 May 2017

  • 4 reported killed
  • 2 reported injured

Four alleged Taliban insurgents were killed and two others wounded in an air strike, a statement from the Nangarhar government media office reportedly said. 

The strike took place around 8am local time, according to the statement, but it was not clear on what date it was carried out. The attack was reported by Khaama Press on May 16. 

It was also not clear whether the strike had been carried out by Afghan or US forces. 

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

AFG343Cii link

15 May 2017

  • 4 reported killed

Four members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed when at least three of the group's hideouts were hit in a strike, the Afghan Ministry of Defence said in a statement reported in Khaama Press.

It was not clear whether US or Afghan forces conducted the strike or when the strike was carried out. The statement was reported on May 15. 

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

AFG343Ci link

13 May 2017

  • 3 reported killed

Three commanders of the Haqqani Network were killed in a US drone strike, according to the 303 Spinghar Police Corps.

They were identified as Abdul Hai Mateen, Qari Mustafa and Qare Sor.

While the information on the strike was reported one May 13, the strike reportedly occurred the previous week. 

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

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Dandpatan district, Paktia province 
  • References: TOLO News 

AFG343C link

12 May 2017

  • 11 reported killed

At least eleven members of the Taliban were killed in an air strike late in the afternoon of May 12, according to General Ghulam Hazrat Karimi, a spokesperson for the "Pamir Division". 

Qari Ahmadshah and Arshad, two alleged local Taliban leaders, were reportedly killed in the strike which Karimi said took place in Chahar Dara district, Kunduz province.

It was not clear if Afghan or US forces conducted the strike. An Afghan Air Force strike which may have taken place on the same day and in the same province also reportedly killed a Taliban leader, identified as Ahmed Shah, a similar name to the alleged Taliban leader identified by Karimi. The Afghan strike is however reported to have taken place in a neighbouring district. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Chahar Dara district, Kunduz province 
  • References: Khaama Press, TOLO News

Afghan Air Force strike link

12 May 2017

  • 12 reported killed

An Afghan Air Force strike killed at least 12 members of the Taliban, including a commander, according to the Kunduz branch of the National Directorate of Security. 

The strike reportedly took place in Qala e Zal district of Kunduz province, but it was not clear when it was carried out. It was reported by TOLO News on May 12. 

The commander was identified as Ahmad Shah.

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Qala e Zal district, Kunduz province 
  • References: TOLO News

AFG343 link

8 May 2017

  • 0-50 reported killed
  • 0-6 reported injured

A large number of alleged insurgents were killed in air strikes targeting hideouts conducted by "foreign forces" in Paktia province, according to Abdullah Abdiyani, the police chief of the province. 

Only the US, and the Afghans, fly strike missions in the country.

The police chief said weapons caches were destroyed in Chenar area of Dand Aw Patan district. A second strike reportedly hit Nari Kotal district, killing 15 alleged insurgents and wounding six others. 

Abdullah Hasrat, spokesman for the provincial government, told Anadolu Agency that 30 members of the Haqqani network had been killed in the strikes. 

According to the reporting, Abdiyani said both over 50 insurgents and at least 40 insurgents had been killed in the strikes, making the death toll unclear. If the second strike killed 15 alleged insurgents, it could be that the first strike killed 40 others, making a combined death toll of over 50 people and explaining the two different figures. However, we will use a casualty range of 0-50 to express the lack of clarity.

Afghan Air Force strike link

7 May 2017

  • 31-34 reported killed

Afghan Air Force strikes in two districts in Nangarhar province killed multiple alleged members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State and a radio station associated with the group, according to the Afghan Ministry of Interior.

“In past 24 hours, 34 Daesh terrorists killed and a radio station run by Daesh terrorists destroyed after Afghan Air Forces targeted militants’ hideouts in the Naziyan and Achin districts of eastern Nangarhar province,” the Ministry of Interior reportedly said.

Pajhwok reported the attack differently, saying at least 31 fighters were killed in "Afghan and foreign forces air strikes", which also destroyed a "telecommunications network" associated with Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State. 

Afghan Air Force strike link

7 May 2017

  • 5 reported killed

An Afghan Air Force strike killed five insurgents in Khanshin district of Helmand province, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defence. 

No specific date was given for the strike, but it was reported alongside three others on May 7. 

  • Type of strike: AAF strike 
  • Location: Khanshin district, Helmand province
  • References: PajhwokKhaama Press 

Afghan Air Force strike link

7 May 2017

  • 6 reported killed

An Afghan Air Force strike killed six Taliban members in Zebak district of Badakhshan province, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defence. A vehicle was reportedly destroyed in the strike. 

No specific date was given for the strike, but it was reported alongside three others on May 7. 

  • Type of strike: AAF strike 
  • Location: Zebak district, Badakhshan province
  • References: PajhwokKhaama Press 

Afghan Air Force strike link

7 May 2017

  • 8 reported killed

An Afghan Air Force strike killed eight members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defence. 

No specific date was given for the strike, but it was reported alongside three others on May 7. 

  • Type of strike: AAF strike 
  • Location: Achin district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Pajhwok, Khaama Press 

AFG342 link

7 May 2017

  • 5-6 reported killed
  • 6 reported injured

A strike conducted by a US drone killed five Taliban members and wounded six others, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defence. However, a spokesperson for the governor of the province where the strike took place said that at least six had been killed. 

Noor Aqa, described as a local Taliban leader, was reportedly killed in the strike in Maidan Shahr, the provincial capital of Maidan Wardak province. The local official said a "insurgent safe haven" had been targeted.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Maidan Shahr, Maidan Wardak province 
  • References: Xinhua, TOLO News 

AFG341C link

6 May 2017

  • 7 reported killed

Reports of a "foreign forces" drone strike killing at least seven alleged members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State surfaced but the sourcing is too vague to include it in our strike tally as yet. 

The US is the only air force known to be flying fast jets or armed drones in Afghanistan. Besides the US, the Afghan Air Force (AAF) is the only other force carrying out air strikes in Afghanistan. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Spari area, Chaparhar district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press, The Kabul Times 

AFG341 link

5 May 2017

  • 8 reported killed

A US drone strike killed eight members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State, according to Attaullah Khogyani, the Nangarhar governor’s spokesman.

The strike killed a commander, Khogyani said, alongside destroying weapons and ammunition belonging to the group. He said it took place in Soor Kamar area of Mamand Dara, but also said it took place in Achin district. Both Mamand Dara and Achin are districts in Nangarhar province, but Mamand Dara could also be an area in Achin, so the location of the strike in unclear. The date of the strike was not clear, but it was reported on May 5. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Nangarhar province
  • References: Pajhwok 

AFG340Ci link

3 May 2017

  • 7 reported killed

At least seven members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in an air strike in Nangarhar province, according to the "provincial police commandment".

It was not clear whether this was carried out by US or Afghan forces. 

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

AFG340C link

1 May 2017

  • 8 reported killed

At least eight alleged Taliban insurgents were killed in a US air strike in Nangarhar province, unnamed local security officials told Khaama Press. 

No date was given, but the strike was reported on May 1. Due to the vague sourcing, we cannot include this is our strike tally as yet.

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

AFG340 link

30 April 2017

The US conducted 450 strikes in Afghanistan in April, according to figures given to the Bureau by a US spokesperson. 

April's strikes accounted for half the total number of strikes this year, indicating a significant intensification of US air operations in the country. April also saw the US drop more weapons on Afghanistan than it has in a single month since August 2012. 

Most of the strikes – 296 strikes – targeted the Taliban, under rules passed by the Obama administration in June 2016. A further 92 were conducted under counter-terrorism authorities, targeting either al Qaeda or Afghanistan’s branch of Isis. There were 62 strikes conducted under force protection rules, which allow the US to take out threats to international as well as Afghan troops who are “in extremis”. 

For more information on the April strike figures, see here.

AFG339C link

30 April 2017

  • 53 reported killed

The Afghan Ministry of Defence reportedly said fifty-three fighters were killed in a series of airstrikes over a 24 hour period, but it was not clear whether these were conducted by the Afghan Air Force or US forces.

The strikes hit various locations in different provinces, including Nangarhar, Faryab, Kunduz, Maidan Wardak and Takhar province, the ministry said. 

  • Type of strikes: Possible US strikes
  • Location: Multiple provinces
  • References: Khaama Press 

AFG339 link

30 April 2017

  • 7 reported killed

Seven fighters were killed by air strikes conducted by "foreign forces" on the morning of April 30, according to Captain Mohammad Ismail Khpalwak, the police chief of the district where they reportedly took place. 

Numerous vehicles belonging to the fighters were destroyed in the strikes, including three HMMWV's captured by the Taliban from Afghan forces, he said. 

The US is the only air force known to be flying fast jets or armed drones in Afghanistan. Besides the US, the Afghan Air Force (AAF) is the only other force carrying out air strikes in Afghanistan. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Yakhchal area, Greshk district, Helmand province 
  • References: Pajhwok 

AFG338Ci link

29 April 2017

  • 12 reported killed

Both local government officials and the Afghan military reportedly said an operation in Nangarhar province killed 12 members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State. 

In the reporting, the incident is referred to as an "air and ground offensive" or "air and ground operation". The use of strikes is mentioned, but it is not clear whether these were conducted by Afghan or US forces, or whether they led to the deaths of the 12 alleged fighters.

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

Afghan Air Force strike link

29 April 2017

  • 2 reported killed
  • 4 reported injured

Two members of the Afghan security forces were accidentally killed by an air strike carried out by the Afghan Air Force, according to an unnamed security official. Four others were wounded, the source added.  

A doctor confirmed four injured soldiers were treated at Uruzgan Civil Hospital, with two succumbing to their wounds. Two others in a critical condition were sent to a hospital in Kandahar with better facilities, the doctor said. It was not clear what caused their injuries. 

General Mohammad Radmanesh, deputy spokesperson for the Afghan defence ministry, said he was unaware of the incident. 

  • Type of strike: Possible AAF strike
  • Location: Kotwall area, Tarin Kot district, Uruzgan province
  • References: Pajhwok

AFG338C link

28 April 2017

The Afghan Ministry of Defence reportedly said nine members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed and two others wounded during an operation.

The operation, carried out in Haska Mena district in Nangarhar province, involved air strikes, the MoD said. However it was not clear whether these were conducted by the Afghan or US forces.

This was reported alongside another operation which the MoD said included ground operations and air strikes, this time in Achin district. No further details were provided on the strikes. The whole operation reportedly killed 36 alleged fighters, including Qari Nafiz, described as "in charge of communications and relations" for Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State. 

Dates were not given for the operations, but they were reported by Pajhowk on April 28. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strikes
  • Location: Achin and Haska Mena districts, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press 

AFG338 link

27 April 2017

  • 1 reported killed

An alleged Taliban leader has been killed in an drone strike in Maidan Wardak province, according to Abdul Rahman Mangal, the provincial governor's spokesperson.

Mangal identified the dead as Mullah Habibullah, who he said was in involved in "plotting and coordinating suicide attacks".

The date the strike took place was not given, but the information was published by Khaama Press on April 27. While the official did not specify it was a US strike, the US is the only country known to be conducting drone strikes in Afghanistan.  

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

AFG337 link

26 April 2017

  • 36 reported killed

A night raid was conducted by US and Afghan forces in Nangarhar province, targeting a ISIS-K (Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State) compound with members of the group's leadership, according to a US Forces - Afghanistan press release.

The operation involved two platoons of US army rangers and an equivalent-sized force of Afghan special forces, it said. 

The raid began at 10.30pm local time on April 26, with the forces inserted into the Mohmand Valley by helicopter, near the ISIS-K leader's headquarters. The valley is reportedly in Nangarhar's Achin district. 

But within minutes of landing, US and Afghan forces came under "intense fire from multiple directions", the statement said. Two US soldiers were killed, possibly by friendly fire during a three-hour fight, a possibility the USFOR-A said it will be investigating. Air strikes were conducted in self-defense and to medically evacuate the wounded rangers, it added. 

Despite the difficulties, the press release said they killed several high-level ISIS-K leaders and upwards of 35 fighters. The US confirmed on May 7 that Sheikh Abdul Hasib, the Emir of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State was killed in the raid, which it said took place on April 27 (the raid began late on April 26 and continued until the early hours of April 27).

"Abdul Hasib directed the March 8 attack against Kabul National Military Hospital, which resulted in the deaths and injury of over one-hundred innocent Afghans," a press release announcing his death read. "Hasib also directed fighters to behead local elders in front of their families and ordered the kidnapping of women and girls to force them to marry ISIS-K fighters". 

“This successful joint operation is another important step in our relentless campaign to defeat ISIS-K in 2017,” said General John Nicholson, Commander US Forces – Afghanistan.“This is the second ISIS-K emir we have killed in nine months, along with dozens of their leaders and hundreds of their fighters. For more than two years, ISIS-K has waged a barbaric campaign of death, torture and violence against the Afghan people, especially those in southern Nangarhar.”

It seems children and women were present in the compound at the time. The press release announcing the raid read: "In the most difficult terrain and under complex circumstances, they [Afghan special forces and US army rangers] were able to accomplish their mission while protecting the women and children in the compound."

AFG336C link

26 April 2017

Around 34 alleged fighters were killed in air and ground operations in Achin district during a "joint security forces" operation, according to the provincial governor's spokesperson. 

It is not clear how many fighters were killed in the air operations, and if this included strikes conducted by US forces. This means we have not added any additional strikes to our strike tally as yet. The date of the operation was not given, but it was reported by Pajhwok on April 26.

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

AFG336 link

25 April 2017

  • 2 reported killed
  • 5 reported injured

A drone strike hit a vehicle carrying alleged fighters killing two and wounding five others, according to Salim Saleh, the Logar province governor's spokesperson.

The strike hit the morning of April 25, he said, adding that the dead included nationals from different countries. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike 
  • Location: Pangram area, Charkh district, Logar province
  • References: Pajhwok

Afghan Air Force strike link

23 April 2017

  • 10 reported killed

The Afghan Ministry of Defence announced that a series of air strikes in Zabul province killed at least ten alleged members of different armed groups, according to Qatar News Agency. The strikes, reported on April 23, were carried out in the previous 24 hours in Shahjoi district, it said.

Afghan forces also reportedly destroyed a vehicle and five motorcycles in the strike.

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Shahjoi district, Zabul province
  • References: QNA

AFG335Cii link

22 April 2017

  • 28 reported killed

Two air strikes killed at least 28 alleged members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State, according to unnamed local officials. One hit a compound leaving nine dead, while a similar strike left 19 dead.

The strikes reportedly took place in Achin and Haska Mina districts at some point in the 24 hours prior to them being reported by Khaama Press on April 22.  

The strikes were part of the Hamza operation, it said, which seems to be an operation launched by Afghan special forces to rid certain areas in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State. This could mean that the strikes were conducted by Afghan forces. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Achin and Haska Mina districts, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

Afghan Air Force strike link

20 April 2017

  • 4 reported killed

The Afghan Ministry of Defence reportedly said that four alleged insurgents were killed in an air strike conducted by an A-29 Super Tucano aircraft. The aircraft is used by the Afghan Air Force to strike targets. The strike destroyed their hideout and a DShK heavy machine gun, the ministry said. 

A date was not given for the strike, but Khaama Press reported it on April 20. 

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

AFG335Ci link

19 April 2017

  • 3 reported killed

Three alleged members of al Qaeda were killed in an air strike in Zabul province, the Afghan Ministry of Defence was reported saying in Khaama Press.

It was not clear whether the strike had been conducted by US or Afghan forces. The date of the strike was also not clear but Khaama Press published the information on April 19. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Audaki village, Tarang district, Zabul province 
  • References: Khaama Press 

AFG335C link

19 April 2017

  • 5 reported killed

At least five members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in an air strike in Nangarhar province, according to a statement from the provincial government media office reported in Khaama Press. The strike reportedly took place at 10am local time. 

It was not clear whether the strike had been conducted by US or Afghan forces. The date of the strike was also not clear but Khaama Press published the information on April 19. 

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

AFG335 link

17 April 2017

  • 9-16 reported killed

Qari Tayeb was reported killed in a strike, alongside 16 other alleged fighters, in a vaguely sourced report which did not specify whether the strike had been conducted by US or Afghan forces. Tayeb was identified as the Taliban's shadow governor for Takhar province.

His death was confirmed by US Forces - Afghanistan two days later and a press release was put out on April 22. The strike, it said, hit a compound owned by Tayib and used for insurgents in the area, adding that eight additional Taliban fighters were killed.  

The press release said Tayib had been a "target-of-interest" since 2011 and was "directly responsible for the deaths of US service members in Afghanistan".

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Archi district, Kunduz province 
  • References: Khaama Press, US Forces - Afghanistan via email 

AFG334C link

17 April 2017

In a report covering an Afghan operation in Nawa district, an unnamed border police official said Taliban insurgents had brought two armoured vehicles to help them in the fighting. 

These were destroyed in an air strike conducted by "Afghan and Nato forces", the official said. It was not clear what was meant by "Afghan and Nato forces". A date was not given for the strike, but it was reported by Pajhwok on April 17. The sourcing was also vague, so this strike will not be added to our database as yet. 

The Pajhwok report first covered an operation in Marja district of Helmand province. The above strike was said to have been conducted in "nearby" Nawa district. There is a Nawa district in Ghazni province, but there is also a Nawa i Barakzayi district in Helmand province. The report is likely referring to the latter, as the spokesperson for the provincial governor, who was quoted on the Nawa operation, was Omar Zwak, reportedly the Helmand governor's spokesperson.  

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Nawa district 
  • References: Pajhwok

AFG334 link

15 April 2017

  • 0-2 reported killed

An attempt by two alleged suicide bombers to attack the headquarters of Achin district was thwarted by a US drone strike, Police Spokesman Hazrat Hussain Mashraqiwal told Pajhwok. The attackers, supposedly members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State, were both killed, he said. 

Security sources told the Wall Street Journal that two of the group's fighters had attempted to attack the government’s district headquarters with a car bomb, but a US air strike intercepted the vehicle. It did not say whether the strike killed the two men. 

The police official did not give a date for the strike but gave Pajhwok the information on April 16. The Wall Street Journal said the strike occurred on April 15. 

AFG333 link

13 April 2017

  • 36-100 reported killed

The US announced that it had conducted a strike on a "ISIS-K tunnel complex"  in Nangarhar province at 7.32pm local time on April 13. 

The US military used a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB), the largest conventional (non-nuclear) bomb it has ever deployed in combat. It is often referred to as the "mother of all bombs". 

An MC-130 aircraft, stationed in Afghanistan and operated by Air Force Special Operations Command, dropped the GBU-43 bomb, Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump told CNN. According to a US press release published in 2008, the bomb is a "21,600 pound, GPS-guided munition" that, on its final day of testing on March 11 2003, created a huge mushroom cloud that could be seen from 20 miles away. 

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the strike targeted a "a system of tunnels and caves that ISIS fighters use to move around freely". "As ISIS-K's losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defense," General John W. Nicholson was quoted in a US press release saying. "This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K." 

Ahmad Jawid Salim, a spokesman for the Afghan army commandos, told the New York Times that progress had stalled in the Tangi Assadkhel area of the district, the location the bomb was reportedly dropped. The BBC reported the Afghan defence ministry saying the bomb struck a village area in the Momand valley. 

General Dawlat Waziri, a spokesman for the Afghan ministry of defence, said that initial information showed that 36 fighters had been killed. According to Ismail Shinwari, the Achin district governor, security forces recovered 92 bodies, none of which were civilians. Mohammad Radmanesh, the deputy spokesman for the Afghan ministry of defence, said 100 bodies were recovered from the tunnels after the strike. Pajhwok spoke to a security official who named 13 alleged Islamic State commanders reportedly killed. The official said 13 of the total number of fighters killed were from India. 

A US military spokesperson said they did not believe there were any civilian casualties as a result of the strike. Captain William Salvin told the Bureau: "We have had persistent surveillance for an extended period of time and we have not observed civilians in the area."

According to the New York Times, residents said the blast was felt tens of miles away. Reuters were told by residents from a village about three miles from the location of the strike that the ground shook, but homes and shops appeared unaffected. One resident was reported saying: "Last night's bomb was really huge, when it dropped, everywhere, it was shaking," but he added that he believed no civilians were in the area targeted.

According to the BBC, Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah said the attack was carried out in co-ordination with the Afghan government. The Wall Street Journal reported that a spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defence said the ministry didn’t know about the bomb strike. 

US President Donald Trump would not directly answer a question on whether he personally signed off on the strike. When asked, he said: "Everybody knows exactly what happens. So, what I do is I authorize our military." Sources told CNN that General John Nicholson signed off on the use of the bomb and the White House was informed of the plan prior to the strike. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer also declined to say whether Trump specifically authorised the strike. 

Hamid Karzai on Twitter

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Afghan Air Force strike link

12 April 2017

  • 7 reported killed

Afghan forces conducted an air strike which killed seven Taliban insurgents, according to a statement from the Afghan Ministry of Defence reported in Khaama Press. 

A date was not given for the strike, but it was reported in Khaama Press on April 12. 

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

AFG332C link

11 April 2017

  • 1 reported killed

A message was sent to the family of an alleged Indian recruit of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State informing them of his death, supposedly as a result of a drone strike. 

The Times of India said WhatsApp messages were sent on April 12 and 13 to the father of Murshid Mohammed, the alleged recruit, by someone claiming to be his wife saying Mohammed had died on April 11. A security official told the Hindustani Times that the messages were sent via messaging service, Telegram. 

Murshid Mohammed, from Kerala, is believed to have joined the group in June 2016. It is thought he was located in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province and married after arriving in Afghanistan. 

No further details were given, including whether others had been killed in the alleged strike. 

Afghan Air Force strike link

11 April 2017

  • 49 reported killed

Pajhwok reported that 49 members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic state had been killed in air strikes. Police Spokesperson Hazrat Hussain Mashraqiwal told the news site that security forces conducted the strikes as part of an operation, known as "Hamza", in some areas of Achin district on the night of April 11. 

TOLO News reported the launch of "Hamza" on April 10, which it said was a ten day operation to rid certain areas in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State and had been launched by Afghan Special Forces in cooperation with US troops. 

  • Type of strike: AAF strike 
  • Location: Achin district, Nangarhar province 
  • References: Pajhwok, TOLO News

AFG332 link

9 April 2017

  • 6 reported killed

A "notorious" Taliban commander was one of six alleged insurgents killed in a drone strike in Maidan Wardak province, Abdul Rahman Mangal, the local governor's spokesperson, told Pajhwok. 

Mangal identified the commander as "Bashir", who he said was the Taliban’s chief commander for Maidan Wardak province. An unnamed security official said Bashir had been active in the provincial capital and three districts in the province.

The US is the only country known to be operating armed drones in Afghanistan. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Narkh district, Maidan Wardak province
  • References: Pajhwok

AFG331Cii link

9 April 2017

At least three al Qaeda members were killed in an air strike in Paktika province, according to Afghan Ministry of Defence Spokesperson Dawlat Waziri. He announced two other strikes at the same time, one in Nangarhar which he said killed eight fighters associated with Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State and a second strike in Kunduz which he said killed eight Taliban members. 

None of these could be confirmed as it was not clear whether the three strikes had been conducted by US or Afghan forces. The date they were carried out was also not given, but Waziri's comments were reported by Khaama Press on April 9. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strikes
  • Location: Multiple provinces 
  • References: Khaama Press

Afghan Air Force strike link

7 April 2017

  • 6 reported killed

Two commanders of the Haqqani Network were killed in an Afghan Air Force strike in Ghazni province, according to the province's police chief, Aminullah Amarkhail. He identified the commanders as Mawlawi Rashed and Mawlawi Mohammad Gul Nafiz, and said they died along with four other members of the group. 

The strike hit "insurgent hideouts" in Parch village of Gero district on the evening on April 8, Amarkhail said. A vehicle full of weapons was also targeted in the strike, he added.

A Ministry of Interior statement reported in Khaama Press announced the death of the same two senior Haqqani leaders, but said the strike hit on April 7. Four others were also killed and a vehicle and weapons were destroyed, the statement added. They however did not specify that Afghan forces conducted the strike.

  • Type of strike: Afghan Air Force strike
  • Location: Parch area, Gero district
  • References: TOLO News, Khaama Press

AFG331Ci link

7 April 2017

Taliban’s deputy governor for Kunduz province, named as Mullah Asadullah, was killed alongside 13 other alleged fighters in an air strike at noon on April 7, the province's police chief told Pajhwok. It was not clear whether Afghan or US forces had conducted the strike but it reportedly hit Mullah Qawi area of Dasht e Archi district, Kunduz province. 

Two days later, TOLO News reported General Sayed Qurban Musawi, a commander of an Afghan military unit, saying that the deputy shadow governor of the Taliban had been killed in a US drone strike, also in Dasht e Archi district. He named the deceased as Asadullah Mazloomyar. 

This could be the same man named by Pajhwok. Both TOLO News and Pajhwok reported a Taliban deputy governor had been killed, but the latter specifies the deceased held the position in Kunduz. It could be that TOLO missed out the detail. The Afghan general also says the strike took place on April 8 and killed 12 alleged fighters, which contradicts the earlier reporting. 

Due to the confusion surrounding the strike, we cannot confirm it as having been conducted by US forces and include it in our strike tally as yet.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Dasht e Archi district, Kunduz province
  • References: TOLO NewsIBTimesPajhwok

AFG331C link

6 April 2017

  • 20-25 reported killed

The Afghan Ministry of Defence said at least twenty alleged insurgents were killed and a vehicle packed with explosives destroyed in an airstrike in the vicinity of Tarin Kot city in Uruzgan province, according to Khaama Press. While the body of the report said at least 20 alleged insurgents had been killed, the headline stated the figure was 25.  

It was not clear whether Afghan or US forces conducted the strike. It was also not clear when the strike happened, although it was reported on April 6.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Tarin Kot, Uruzgan province
  • References: Khaama Press 

AFG331 link

4 April 2017

  • 3 civilians killed, including two children
  • 4 civilians injured, including 2 children

US strikes killed three civilians, including two children, and injured a further two girls and two women while trying to target Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State, a Unama mid-year report found.

No additional details were given. 

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

AFG330Ci link

3 April 2017

  • 16 reported killed

Khaama Press reported the "police commandment" saying US strikes in Nangarhar province left 16 alleged fighters dead, including a local leader of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State identified as "Farooq". 

The source said the strikes hit Tangi area, which they said was located in Abdul Khel in Achin district. A date was not given for the strikes, but they were reported in Khaama Press on April 3. 

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

AFG330 link

31 March 2017

The US conducted 176 strikes in Afghanistan in March, according to figures given to the Bureau by a US spokesperson.

The Bureau had recorded 38 strikes for the month. The remaining 138 strikes have been added to our strike tally.

The data provided did not include casualty estimates but it was broken down into types of strikes. Captain William Salvin informed the Bureau that 115 strikes were conducted under June rules giving US troops greater freedom to target the Taliban

A further 55 strikes were conducted under counter-terrorism authorities, targeting either al Qaeda or Afghanistan’s branch of Isis. There was also six strikes conducted under force protection rules, which allow the US to take out threats to international as well as Afghan troops who are “in extremis”. 

  • Location: Afghanistan
  • References: US Forces – Afghanistan via email

AFG330C link

31 March 2017

  • 10 reported killed
  • 12 reported injured

At least ten alleged insurgents were killed in an air strike in Uruzgan province, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defence (MoD).

A further 12 alleged insurgents were wounded, according to the MoD, and two vehicles and a motorcycle were destroyed. 

The information was published in Khaama Press on March 31, but it was not clear on what day the strike took place. It was also not clear if the strike was carried out by Afghan or US forces. 

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

AFG329Ci link

29 March 2017

  • 3 reported killed

The Afghan Ministry of Defence (MoD) said that at least three suspected members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in air strikes.

The Khaama Press report on the MoD's announcement was however unclear, claiming the three alleged fighters were killed by Afghan security forces but also adding that they were unsure whether US or Afghan forces carried out the attack.

It was also unclear from the reporting whether the attack was a singular strike or a series of strikes. 

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

AFG329Cii link

29 March 2017

  • 4-22 reported killed

The Afghan Ministry of Defence said at least four Taliban commanders were killed in air strikes conducted in Lashkargah city, according to Khaama Press. 

The headline claimed the four were among 22 fighters killed in airstrikes in Lashkargah but there was no further reference to this figure. 

Six others were injured, and two vehicles, eight motorcycles and five hideouts were destroyed, according to the MoD.

It was not clear whether the US or Afghan forces conducted the strikes. The MoD said the strikes, which were reported by Khaama Press on March 29, had been conducted in the past 24 hours.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Ainak area, Lashkargah, Helmand province 
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG329Ciii link

29 March 2017

  • 4 reported killed
  • 4 reported injured

US forces conducted an air strike in Nangarhar province killing four alleged prominent Taliban members, according to a statement from the "provincial police commandment". 

The statement said the shadow district chief of the group for Khogyani district, Zakir, also known as Adal, was killed with three other senior commanders.

The three commanders were identified as Gul Mohammad (known as Haji Barakat), Usman and Gharawal.

A further four alleged fighters were injured in the strike, the statement said. 

The sourcing is too vague to confirm this as a US strike and include it in our strike tally as yet. 

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

AFG329C link

27 March 2017

  • 21 reported killed

The Afghan Ministry of Defence reported that a strike killed 21 alleged fighters, including two Taliban commanders, in Nahr e Saraj district of Helmand province.

The commanders were identified as Mullah Toryalai and Mullah Ahmad, also known as Zabiullah. 

It was not clear from the Khaama Press article, which reported the MoD's statement, whether the strikes were carried out by Afghan or US forces. 

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

Afghan Air Force strike link

27 March 2017

  • 16 reported killed
  • 9 reported wounded

An air strike conducted by Afghan forces killed 16 Taliban members and wounded a further nine, according to Lieutenant Colonel Mohammad Rasoul Zazai, a spokesperson for the 215 Maiwand Corps. 

The strike targeted a group of Taliban members in Nad Ali district in Helmand province who were supposedly planning attacks against security forces. 

The date of the strike was not clear, but the official's comments were reported by Kuwait News Agency on March 27. 

  • Type of strike: Afghan Air Force strike
  • Location: Nad Ali district, Helmand province
  • References: Kuwait News Agency

Afghan Air Force strike link

26 March 2017

  • 33 reported killed

An Afghan Air Force air strike killed 33 members of Afghanistan branch of Islamic State in Kot district, Nangarhar province, according to a Afghan Ministry of Interior statement reported in TOLO News. 

  • Type of strike: Afghan Air Force strike
  • Location: Kot district, Nangarhar province 
  • References: TOLO News

Afghan Air Force strike link

25 March 2017

  • 27 reported killed

Air strikes conducted by the Afghan Air Force hit three villages - Chenar Keli, Sahiban and Mullah Badur - in Nangarhar province, according to a statement from the Afghan Ministry of Interior reported by TOLO News. 

The strikes killed 27 alleged members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State. 

  • Type of strike: Afghan Air Force strike
  • Location: Nangarhar province 
  • References: TOLO News

Afghan Air Force strike link

20 March 2017

  • 1 reported killed

An air strike conducted by the Afghan Air Force hit the hideout of a prominent Taliban leader in Laghman province, the provincial government said in a statement reported by Khaama Press. 

The Taliban leader was identified as Nikmal. The total number of people killed in the attack had not yet been determined, the statement said. 

  • Type of strike: Afghan Air Force strike 
  • Location: Gul Aram, Aligner district, Laghman province 
  • References: Khaama Press 

AFG328 link

19 March 2017

  • Unknown reported killed

A US spokesperson told the Bureau that US forces conducted 20 strikes in Nangarhar province on March 19. The circumstances around the strikes are not known. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Nangarhar province 
  • References: US Forces – Afghanistan via email

AFG329 link

19 March 2017

  • 4 reported killed

The Pentagon confirmed the death of Qari Yasin, also known as Ustad Aslam, in a US strike. The counter-terrorism strike took place on March 19 in Afghanistan's Paktika province. Yasin was reportedly involved in several attacks across Pakistan, including the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore. 

The US described Yasin as a "well-known al Qaeda terrorist leader" from Pakistan's Balochistan with ties to the Pakistan Taliban (TTP). The Pentagon statement, released on March 25, said that he had plotted multiple al Qaeda terror attacks, such as the bombing of Islamabad's Marriott Hotel in 2008 which killed an estimated 50 people, including two US servicemen.

Sources told The Express Tribune that Yasin was also involved in the attacks on the offices of Pakistan's main intelligence agency in Lahore and Multan, an attack on the Pakistan army headquarters in Rawalpindi and the targeting of the Data Durbar shrine. Geo News said he was behind attacks on Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada and former President Pervez Musharraf. 

The Pentagon statement confirmed reports of his death coming from local news outlets, including Samaa, The Express Tribune, Geo News and Dawn. They reported a drone strike took place in Barmal district in Paktika province and killed Yasin and a further three "accomplices".  Geo News said it took place on that evening. Dawn later reported the US launched two missiles at a car in Laman area of Barmal, killing an al Qaeda commander, a Taliban trainer and two other fighters. They identified Yasin as one of the dead, and also Ameen Shah Mahsud, described as belonging to the Pakistan Taliban (TTP). 

Samaa News said Yasin had been affiliated with several terrorist organisations including the Pakistan Taliban (TTP), Lashkar e Jhangvi and al Qaeda. Express Tribune said he was reportedly a facilitator for al Qaeda and Jundullah attacks in Pakistan. Jundullah in Pakistan is a militant group believed to be closely associated with the TTP. However, Reuters reported the group pledged support for Islamic State in November 2014. VOA said Yasin had a bounty of about $48,000 on his head. He was from Pakistan's Punjab province, according to VOA, with the Express Tribune saying he was from Lodhran district in that area. 

Yasin's death was later confirmed by two militant groups. Ali bin Sufyan, a spokesperson for Lashkar e Jhangvi Al Alami, confirmed Yasin's death to VOA, adding that the group had carried out a "revenge" attack against Pakistan's military in the restive Pakistani region of Balochistan. Al Alami was described as an offspring of the Lashkar e Jhangvi organisation. 

The TTP also confirmed his death in a statement attributed to Mohammad Khurasani, the group's spokesman. According to FDD's Long War Journal, Khurasani refers to Yasin as the mastermind of the plan and attack on the Pakistani Army’s general headquarters (GHQ) and describes him “as one of the greatest trainers of explosives and electronics in the fields of jihad”. Khurasani confirms, according to LWJ, that Yasin was one of the "closest companions" of Shaheed Amjad Farooqi, who was behind two assassination attempts against Musharraf in December 2003. 

A US military spokesman told the Bureau that US forces had conducted a strike in Paktika province on March 19 but as it was conducted under counter-terrorism authorities, he was unable to comment further. 

Death of Qari Yasin announced in tweet from supposed TTP twitter account

AFG326 link

18 March 2017

  • Unknown reported killed

A US spokesperson told the Bureau that US forces conducted 12 strikes in Nangarhar province on March 18. The circumstances around the strikes are not known. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Nangarhar province 
  • References: US Forces – Afghanistan via email

AFG326C link

18 March 2017

  • 19 reported killed
  • 22 reported injured

At least 19 fighters were killed and a further 22 were injured in an air strike conducted in Baghran e Markazi district in Baghran province, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defence. 

The MoD statement as reported in Khaama Press did not say whether the strike was conducted by Afghan or US forces. It was also not clear what date the strike took place on, but Khaama Press reported the information on March 18. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Baghran e Markazi district, Baghran province
  • References: Khaama Press 

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18 March 2017

  • 10 reported killed

At least ten Taliban insurgents were killed in an air strike conducted in Paktia province, according to Zalmai Weesa, the provincial governor’s spokesman. Weesa said they were targeted in Nari Kama village.

Local government officials told Khaama Press that the strike was carried out late in the afternoon on March 18 in Dand e Patan district. Another official said equipment used to control IEDs was destroyed, alongside a "biometric system". 

It is not clear whether the strike was conducted by Afghan or US forces, so we are unable to add it to our strike tally as yet. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Nari Kama village, Dand e Patan district, Paktia province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG327 link

18 March 2017

  • 2 reported killed

Two commanders of the Pakistan Taliban (TTP) were killed in a US drone attack on a moving car in Paktika province, according to unnamed sources reported in Dawn. 

The strike hit in Narr area at 4pm local time on March 17, the sources said. They identified the commanders as Haroon Shuikhel Wazir and Azmat Mahsud. It is not clear what district Narr area is located in.

However, AP reported Mohammad Rahman Ayaz, a spokesperson for the provincial governor, saying two insurgent commanders were hit in a drone strike while they were travelling in a vehicle on March 18 in Barmal district. This is a day after the Dawn sources said the strike took place, and also the day before another strike reportedly took place, also in Barmal. 

According to FDD's Long War Journal, the TTP claimed a US drone strike on March 18 on “Pak-Afghan border” killed senior commander Yusuf Wazir, although they did not make it clear on what side of the border it hit. Wazir was reportedly from Pakistan’s tribal agency of North Waziristan and according to a graphic the group tweeted, he came from a family involved in militant activities. His father and brother were both killed in drone strikes, according to the TTP, with the father killed in 2008 and the brother killed four months ago, while another brother died battling the Pakistan military. 

A US spokesperson told the Bureau that US forces had not conducted a strike on March 17 in Paktika but had conducted two on March 18.

Graphic tweeted by supposed TTP twitter account

AFG325Ciii link

16 March 2017

  • 36 reported killed
  • 8 reported injured

The Afghan Ministry of Defence said at least 36 Taliban insurgents were killed and eight injured in air strikes conducted in the vicinity of Nad Ali district, Helmand province. 

Two Taliban leaders killed in the strikes were identified as Mullah Esmat, also known as Sur Gul, and Sefat, with both reported as belonging to the same family. 

It is not clear whether the strikes were conducted by Afghan or US forces. It was also not clear when the strikes took place, but they were reported by Khaama Press on March 16. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Nad Ali district, Helmand province
  • References: Khaama Press

Afghan Air Force strike link

14 March 2017

  • 10 reported killed

Two strikes were conducted by Afghan forces in two provinces in Afghanistan, according to a Ministry of Interior statement reported by TOLO News.

One of the strikes reportedly killed eight alleged members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State in Jawargar village in Achin district, Nangarhar province.

A second strike was reported to have killed two alleged armed Taliban members in Yatimak village in Chahar Dara district, Kunduz province. 

Khaama Press also reported a Ministry of Interior statement, which announced a strike in Paktika province taking place on the same day.  

  • Type of strike: AAF strike
  • Location: Nangarhar and Kunduz
  • References: TOLO News 

AFG325Cii link

14 March 2017

  • 17 reported killed

A "provincial police commandment" statement said at least seventeen members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State had been killed in a series of air strikes in Nangarhar province. 

At least four strikes were reportedly carried out in the vicinity of Pekh and Mamand Dara areas in Achin district.

The statement was reported in Khaama Press, but while the news site's headline reported these as US strikes, the subsequent parts of the statement published did not. The sourcing was also vague, which means we cannot record this as a confirmed US strike. Another series of air strikes was reported in the same province on March 11. These also could not be confirmed. 

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

Afghan Air Force strike link

14 March 2017

  • 10 reported killed

An air strike conducted in Paktika province by Afghan forces killed a top commander of Haqqani Network, alongside nine other members, according to the Afghan Ministry of Interior reported in Khaama Press. 

The air strike took place in Dara-e-Shinki village in Zeruk district, the ministry said, and also destroyed two vehicles and ammunition.

  • Type of strike: Afghan Air Force strike
  • Location: Dara-e-Shinki village, Zeruk district, Paktika province 
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG325 link

13 March 2017

  • 3 reported killed

The police chief of Ghazni province, Brigadier General Aminullah Amarkhel, said a US drone strike killed a suspected Taliban car bomber and two motorcyclists in Raasni area of Ghazni province's Gilan district.

The police chief added that the men had planned to carry out suicide attacks in the city of Ghazni but were killed before reaching their targets. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Raasni area, Gilan district, Ghazni province
  • References: Pajhwok 

AFG325C link

13 March 2017

  • 24 reported killed
  • 7 reported wounded

Twenty-four insurgents, including a commander, were killed and three others wounded during "joint air raids" in Helmand province, according to Lieutenant Colonel Mohammad Rasoul Zazai, the spokesperson for a regional unit in the Afghan army. 

The strikes hit Loymand and Bolan areas near Lashkargah, the provincial capital, and Nad Ali district on the night of March 13, he said. The "joint force" recaptured a number of areas in the centre of Lashkargah city and Nad Ali district, Zazai added.

A security official told Pajhwok Taliban commander Asmatullah and his brother had been killed in the strikes. Pajwok described Asmatullah as the "Taliban-designated mayor for Lashkargah and the military in-charge in Greshk district". His death was confirmed by Omar Zwak, the provincial governor’s spokesman, who added that the Taliban suffered heavy casualties, with four Afghan security personnel also being injured. 

It is not clear what is meant by "joint air raids". The term could be referring to an Afghan ground operation with US air support. However, the lack of clarity means we cannot confirm the strikes and include them in our strike tally as yet. 

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

AFG325Ci link

13 March 2017

  • 10-29 reported killed
  • 0-13 civilians reported killed
  • 2 reported wounded

Confusing reporting surfaced regarding a possible US strike in Paktika province.

Mohammad Rahman Ayaz, the provincial governor’s spokesman, told Khaama Press that a strike conducted by an "unmanned aerial vehicle", or drone, hit the funeral of Taliban leader Kerat Khan and killed at least twenty fighters. Three commanders were killed, he said, identifying two as Afghan Waziristani and Hazifa.

Khaama Press reported local officials saying the strike hit Zeruk district. The headline of the report stated that 29 people had been killed, but this figure was not mentioned again in the body of the report. 

Pajhwok reported the "governor's office", which may refer to the same source as Khaama Press, giving a similar account, adding the strike hit in the afternoon on March 13 in Tangi area of Zeruk district. However the office put the number of alleged fighters killed at 29. Pahjwok said the fighters were attending the funeral of Kiramat Khan, a slightly different spelling of the name given by Khaama Press, who they said was killed during infighting between rival Taliban factions. 

Colonel Dadullah Khan, the deputy police chief, told Pajhwok that ten fighters were killed, including commander Sarhadi Bilal, and two others were wounded in the strike. Pajhwok also reported the Afghan Ministry of Interior claiming ten fighters from Haqqani Network had been killed, including a commander, in a Special Forces air strike in the Shinkai Dara locality of Zeruk district. 

Said Aziz Ullah, a provincial council member, told the Bureau that Taliban fighters attacked the home of a tribal elder in Dara area of Urgun district, but faced resistance from local villagers and a Taliban commander was killed. Ullah said the Taliban sent reinforcements but the additional fighters travelling to Dara in four pick-up trucks were hit by drone strikes and were all killed. This may have taken place on May 12, but it is not clear. He said he did not know how many civilians were killed during clashes with the Taliban.

However, the Taliban reportedly claimed a US strike was conducted in Urgun district, also in Paktika province, and hit a funeral ceremony, killing 13 civilians and injuring several others.

Captain William Salvin told the Bureau the US had conducted one strike in Paktika on March 13, but said there were no civilian casualties. Salvin said it was counter-terrorim strike, which targets either al Qaeda or Afghanistan’s branch of Islamic State. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike 
  • Location: Paktika province
  • References: Khaama PressPajhwok, Bureau reporting 

AFG324Ci link

11 March 2017

  • 16 reported killed

At least sixteen members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in a series of US air strikes on March 11 in Nangarhar province, according to a "provincial police commandment" statement reported in Khaama Press.

The air strikes reportedly began at 10.30am local time in Nazian district, with another strike hitting at 3pm local time, although it is not clear from the reporting whether this also hit Nazian district. Khaama Press said the last strike hit on the night of March 10 after drones targeted fighters in Sepai and Bandok areas of Kot district. It was not clear where the last strike took place. 

The provincial police commandment said the total number of dead was sixteen, including seven nationals of Pakistan, with at least nine of the dead killed in Kot district. Khaama Press also reported local security officials saying all those killed were from Pakistan, although it is not clear whether they were referring to the strikes in Nazian or all strikes. 

The sourcing for this strike is too vague to confirm it and add it to our strike tally as yet. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike 
  • Location: Nazian and Kot district, Nangarhar province 
  • References: Khaama Press 

AFG324C link

10 March 2017

  • 3 reported killed
  • 3 reported wounded

At least three members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed and three others wounded in a US drone strike conducted late on March 10, according to a "provincial police commandment" statement reported in Khaama Press. 

The sourcing is too vague to confirm this strike and include it in our strike tally as yet.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike 
  • Location: Momand Dara area, Achin district, Nangarhar province 
  • References: Khaama Press 

AFG324 link

9 March 2017

  • 20 reported killed

At least twenty Taliban fighters were killed in an airstrike conducted by "foreign forces" in Kandahar province, local officials said. 

Only the US, and the Afghans, fly strike missions in the country.

The officials were reported in Khaama Press saying the fighters had been planning to launch an attack on Nish district.

Provincial Police Spokesperson Zia Durani confirmed the strike, adding that it was carried out in Lam area, located between the districts of Nish and Khakriz.

The date of the strike was not clear but it was reported by Khaama Press on March 9.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Lam area, between Nish and Khakriz district, Kandahar province 
  • References: Khaama Press

Afghan Air Force strike link

9 March 2017

  • 4 reported killed
  • 1 reported wounded

An Afghan Air Force strike in the vicinity of Nish district killed four alleged fighters and wounded one other, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defence (MoD). 

The date of the strike was not clear but it was reported by Khaama Press on March 9.

  • Type of strike: Afghan Air Force strike
  • Location: Nish district, Kandahar province
  • References: Khaama Press 

Afghan Air Force strike link

4 March 2017

  • 15 reported killed
  • 3 reported injured

At least three Taliban commanders were killed in an air strike conducted by the Afghan Air Force in Kunduz province, according to Ministry of Interior statement.

The statement identified the three commanders as Qari Mazlum, Qari Hejran, and Farooqi, adding that a further twelve Taliban insurgents were killed, three were wounded, and five vehicles and some weapons were also destroyed.

  • Type of strike: Afghan Air Force strike
  • Location: Imam Sahib district, Helmand province
  • References: Khaama Press 

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3 March 2017

  • 8-12 civilians reported killed, including 4-9 children
  • 20-22 civilians reported injured

An attack on March 3 in Farah province reportedly killed a number of civilians, but the circumstances around their deaths remains unclear. 

Salima, a 30-year-old mother of four, spoke to AP. She said two of her children had been killed and one other wounded in what she described as a helicopter attack. Local news outlet Pajhwok spoke to Ahmad Shah, 45, who had been injured in the attack and he corroborated Salima's accounts of a helicopter attack.

Shah, who seemed to be part of a mass migration of families from Pushrod district displaced by fighting, said that women disembarked, presumably from a vehicle, to show they were civilians after two helicopters arrived when they reached Jar Akhund area. He said 12 civilians were killed and 21 others wounded in the attack.

Helicopters are used by both Afghan forces and US forces operating in Afghanistan. A US spokesperson however told the Bureau that US Forces did not conduct any strikes in Farah Province on March 3. 

Deputy Governor Mohammad Younus Rasouli was reported by Pajhwok saying that four children had been killed and five others wounded in air strikes, but he would not say whether Afghan or US forces had conducted the strikes. He did say security forces had been engaged in an offensive over the past three days in the area and the Taliban had used civilians as human shields. 

Hospital sources said that nine civilians were killed and more than 20 others wounded in air strikes in Bala Baluk district, according to Pajhwok. Obaidullah, the nursing department head, reportedly said seven girls and two boys were among the fatalities. A doctor told AP that 22 people had been wounded in the attack, with three in a critical condition.

AP reported Afghan officials saying at least eight Afghan civilians, including four children, were killed in an attack late night on March 3 in Farah province. Mohammad Naser Mehri, spokesman for the provincial governor, said these deaths were however the result of a roadside bomb in Bala Buluk district.

An Afghan defence ministry spokesman said an investigation was underway.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Bala Buluk district, Farah province
  • References: AP, Pajhwok, US Resolute Support via email

AFG323 link

1 March 2017

  • 6 reported killed
  • 1 reported injured

A Taliban commander was killed alongside five other fighters in a US drone strike, according to Colonel Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, the police spokesman for Nangarhar province. One fighter was reportedly injured. 

Attaullah Khogyani, the governor’s spokesman, identified the commander as Ilyas. Pajhwok said he was a commander of the "Junaid Khurasan outfit", while Khaama Press described him as a "key Taliban commander".

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Chaknoro area, Lalpura district, Nangarhar province 
  • References: Pajhwok, Khaama Press 

AFG323C link

1 March 2017

  • 20 reported killed

Afghanistan's Ministry of Defence said 20 Taliban insurgents were killed when a strike hit their training camp in Helmand, according to Khaama Press. A cache of drugs was reportedly destroyed.

It was not clear if the strike had been conducted by Afghan or US forces. The date of the strike was also not clear but it was reported on March 1. 

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Khanshin district, Helmand province 
  • References: Khaama Press 

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28 February 2017

The US conducted 161 strikes in Afghanistan in February, according to figures given to the Bureau by a US spokesperson. The Bureau had recorded 43 strikes for this month. The remaining strikes were added to the database.

The data did not include casualty estimates but it was broken down into types of strikes. Captain William Salvin informed the Bureau that 123 strikes were conducted under June rules giving US troops greater freedom to target the Taliban. A further 38 strikes were conducted under counter-terrorism authorities, targeting either al Qaeda or Afghanistan’s branch of Isis.

Interestingly, there were no strikes conducted under force protection rules, which allow the US to take out threats to international as well as Afghan troops who are “in extremis”. 

The Bureau asked Captain Salvin about strikes in Sangin over February 9 and 10, which Resolute Support said had been conducted in support and to defend Afghan troops in an earlier email. He said the air support provided to Afghan Forces came under the strategic effects authorities, with one of the authorities included under strategic effects being the "protection/defence of US or friendly forces".

  • Location: Afghanistan
  • References: US Forces – Afghanistan via email

AFG321 link

27 February 2017

  • 2 reported killed
  • 3 reported injured

A US drone strike killed a Taliban commander and one other fighter, alongside wounding at least three others,  according to Hazrat Hussain Mashraqiwal, the police spokesman for Nangarhar province. 

He said the fighters were targeted in Sangini area, Chaparhar district late February 27. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike 
  • Location: Sangini area, Chaparhar district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

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26 February 2017

  • 5-9 reported killed

A senior Taliban commander was killed in a US drone strike in Kunduz, Taliban and Afghan officials have confirmed. 

Mullah Abdul Salam Akhund was the Taliban governor for Kunduz, according to IANS. Reuters said he commanded Taliban forces in Kunduz and had overseen the Taliban offensive that briefly seized Kunduz city in 2015.  

A Taliban official told Reuters that Akhund was killed alongside two others in a drone strike. Provincial Governor Assadullah Omarkhil also said two other Taliban members had been killed, according to Xinhua, but was quoted by Pajhwok saying three others had died. He was quoted in Asharq al-Aswat saying five others died in a strike on a house. However, Sher Aziz Kamawal, a senior police commander in northern Afghanistan, was reported by Reuters saying that eight Taliban members were killed. Khaama Press said that another senior leader identified as Qari Amin, reportedly the Taliban district chief, was also killed in the strike.

"He was on a journey a few days ago and stopped at a house at Dashte Archi town when the drone fired missiles," an unnamed Taliban official told Reuters, adding that the strike hit over the weekend. Omarkhil was reported by Pajhwok saying that the drone strike hit Amar Malooq locality in Dashti Archi district around 3:20pm local time on February 26. 

Some of the reporting referenced differing accounts of what happened. Pajhwok reported that earlier the administrative chief for Dashti Archi district said he had been wounded in a suicide attack and evacuated to Tajikistan with Russia’s support. Khaama Press said while some officials are reporting Akhund died in a US strike, others are saying he was killed in an operation conducted by the Afghan forces. 

Akhund has been declared dead by Afghan officials on a number of other occasions, such as in October 2015 when the Afghan intelligence reported he had been killed in an air strike. However, unlike in that occasion, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed Akhund's death in a statement.

A US military spokesman told Reuters said that an America warplane had conducted a strike in Kunduz on February 26, but did "not have confirmation of the results". However, they confirmed his death on February 28 in a press release, which said that four other "enemy combatants" were killed alongside Salam.

General John Nicholson, commander of US Forces - Afghanistan, was quoted in the release saying: “Mullah Salam and the Taliban fighters under him murdered and terrorized the people of Kunduz for too long.” He added: “Salam’s death is an opportunity for change. The people of Afghanistan want peace and the Government of Afghanistan is committed to achieving peace through reconciliation. The Taliban know the only path forward is reconciliation.”

AFG319C link

25 February 2017

  • 8 reported killed

At least eight members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in two separate air strikes hitting different areas in Achin district of Nangarhar province, according to unnamed local security officials. 

The strikes reportedly hit Dap and Momand areas of Achin district on February 25 and 26.

It was unclear whether the strikes had been conducted by US or Afghan forces. The officials mentioned that those killed were all foreign nationals. One of these strikes could have been the strike that is believed to have killed an alleged Islamic State recruit from Kerala detailed above. 

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

AFG319Ci link

25 February 2017

  • 1 reported killed

A missing youth from the Indian state of Kerala thought to have joined Isis in Afghanistan has reportedly been killed in a US drone strike. 

Indian news outlets reported that relatives of Hafeezuddin, the suspected Isis recruit, received a message via Telegram, a messaging service, informing them of his death. The message was sent by Ashfaq, another relative who is also believed to have joined the group in Afghanistan.

Asia Times reported Ashfaq saying the strike took place in Nangarhar province, an area where the group has managed to establish a foothold. 

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Kerala state police are yet to confirm the death of Hafeezuddin.

AFG319 link

23 February 2017

  • 11 reported killed

At least eleven Taliban insurgents were killed in an air strike carried out by "foreign forces" , according to a statement from the Helmand province government reported by Khaama Press. 

The US is the only country, aside from Afghanistan, flying strike missions.

The statement said that at least two Taliban leaders were killed in the strike which targeted an insurgent "gathering". They were identified as Zaheen and Ghazni and reportedly belonged to "Kochian Mahaz" brigade. 

A date was not given for the strike but the statement was reported on February 23. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike 
  • Location: Umomi Bagh area, Garamser district, Helmand province
  • References: Khaama Press 

AFG318 link

20 February 2017

  • 12 reported killed

A US drone strike killed 12 members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State late on February 20, according to Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, Nangarhar province's police spokesman.

An unnamed official told Khaama Press that the strike hit the group while they were travelling in a vehicle in Bandar area. Local officials told the news site the fighters were all foreign nationals. 

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike 
  • Location: Bandar area, Achin district, Nangarhar province 
  • References: Khaama Press, Pajhwok 

AFG317 link

19 February 2017

  • 1 reported killed
  • 2 reported injured

A key Taliban commander was killed in a drone strike in Ghazni province, Liaqat Ali Amini, an Afghan army spokesperson, told Xinhua.

The Taliban commander was identified as Qari Salim, also known as Sabawon, and was killed in a strike on a "rebel hideout", Amini said. He added that the strike injured two of Salim's bodyguards. 

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

Pakistan strikes link

17 February 2017

  • 2 civilians reported killed

Tensions heightened between Pakistan and Afghanistan following reported Pakistani military strikes or shelling on Afghan soil. The strikes followed a deadly attack on a Sufi shrine in Pakistan's Sindh province on February 16. The Pakistan Army reportedly said it had information that those behind the attack in Sindh were from neighbouring Afghanistan. Strikes were launched the next night, according to military sources quoted by Geo TV. Times of India said a "media report" indicated four camps of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar group were targeted across the border from Pakistan's Khyber and Mohmand tribal agencies. Provincial Police Spokesman Faridullah Dehqan told Khaama Press that two civilians were killed in shelling in Kunar Province.


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14 February 2017

  • 20 reported killed

Dost Mohammad Nayab, the Uruzgan governor's spokesperson, said that several airstrikes hit the province, adding that the strikes were conducted by both Afghan forces and the "foreign".

It is not clear whether to attribute the strikes to Afghan or US forces. A date for the strikes was also not given but they were reported on February 14.

Local officials said the strikes hit in the vicinity of Tarin Kot.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike 
  • LocationTarin Kot, Uruzgan province 
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG316C link

11 February 2017

  • 5 reported killed

A senior Taliban leader was killed with four of his fighters in Paktika, according to the provincial government media office. A statement from the office identified the leader as Pach, also known as Faryadi, and described him as the shadow district chief of Barmal.

Unnamed local government officials said the strike was conducted by "foreign forces" but the sourcing is too vague to confirm this as a US strike as yet.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Mangarti area, Barmal district, Paktika province 
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG316 link

11 February 2017

  • Unknown reported killed

When questioned about the strikes in Sangin, Brig Gen Charles H Cleveland said the US conducted approximately 30 “air-to-ground” attacks in Sangin district last week. It is not clear how many of these were part of the attack that killed 18 civilians. The remaining 28 strikes not recorded by the Bureau have been added into the database in a single entry under February 11, the date the New York Times reported Cleveland's comments.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strikes 
  • Location: Sangin district, Helmand province 
  • References: New York Times

AFG315 link

9 February 2017

  • 35-68 reported killed
  • 26 civilians reported killed, including 20 children
  • 6 civilians reported injured

Over three days in February, US strikes killed 26 civilians and injured six others, mainly women and children, in Sangin district, Helmand province, according to the UN Mission in Afghanistan's mid-year report

The aerial operations, which took place on 9, 10 and 11 February, appeared to hit civilian homes containing extended families, the report said.

The report outlined the individual attacks as follows: 

  • February 9: A strike in Mata Lakara area impacted a civilian home next to a building used by "anti-government elements". Eight children and one woman was killed, alongside nine "anti-government elements".
  • February 10: A strike in Chinari killed 13 civilians, including nine children and three woman, and injured two others.
  • February 11: A strike in Haji Aminullah Shela area hit a civilian home and killed three children and a woman. A further three children and a woman were injured.

UNAMA noted that while ground engagements were taking place elsewhere in Sangin during February, the information they received did not indicate ground operations were taking place in the areas at the time they were hit, suggesting pre-planned targeted strikes. 

UNAMA had previously reported the deaths of at least 18 civilians in a series of US airstrikes on February 9 and 10 in Sangin district.

When the reports started to surface, the Bureau tried to piece together the sequence of events. A Bureau reporter contacted Hamid Gul, 18, who said he lost nine members of his family, including his mother, six brothers, one sister and a two-year-old niece. 

The family home in the village of Mata Lakar was "leveled to the ground" in the attack, he said. Gul had been in the city of Lashkarga, where he works, at the time. 

Gul denied the presence of Taliban fighters in the village, which he says is not under the control of the Taliban or the Afghan government. The fighting was taking place in the district centre, some distance from Mata Lakar, Gul said.

List of victims in Hamid Gul's family as given by him
Name Age
Bibi Rahmania (Hamid Gul's niece) 2 years
Naz Bibi (Hamid Gul's sister) 5 years
Muhammad Wais (Hamid Gul's brother) 6 years
Sultan Aziz (Hamid Gul's brother) 7 years
Rozi Gul (Hamid Gul's brother) 10 years
Sultan Wali (Hamid Gul's brother) 12 years
Habib Gul (Hamid Gul's brother) 14 years
Sayeed Wali (Hamid Gul's brother) 16 years
Bibi Bakhtawara (Hamid Gul's mother) 50 years

The village of Chinari was also attacked on the same night, with the house of local resident Fida Muhammad hit. Fida’s son Habib Rahman says both his mother and father were killed, alongside his stepmother, four brothers aged between nine and 20 years of age and four sisters aged between six and 18 years of age, a sister-in-law and a niece. 

The house was hit at 1am local time, he said. While the Taliban were in control of Chinari, Rahman says they did not have any kind of base there. He believes only two or three of the twenty families living in the village have remained, with the others fleeing in fear after the attack.

Sardar Muhammad, a former police official in Helmand province, lists a further two strikes aside from the ones hitting Mata Lakar and Chinari. An area called Shakar Shala was targeted, he says, killing 10 alleged insurgents and no civilians. A fourth strike hit a building belonging to his family but used by the Taliban near the Sangin district bazaar. 

Sardar says that all four locations were under the control of the Taliban. A Taliban safe house next to Hamid Gul's house was targeted causing rooms in the Gul house to collapse, he says, and the Taliban had entered Fida Muhammed's house to take refuge when it was targeted. Seven Taliban fighters were killed in Mata Lakar and five Taliban were killed and nine others wounded in Chinari, alongside civilian deaths, he said.

Hayatullah Hayat, the governor of Helmand province, said that civilian casualties occurred in three places, including Mata Lakar and Chinari. This contradicts his earlier claims that only 50 insurgents were killed. Hayat says Fida Muhammed’s house in Chinari was next to a Taliban base and when this was bombed, his house collapsed.

In Mata Lakar, the Taliban were using the village as a base and training centre, firing at the Afghan forces from that area, Hayat said. The third location was close to Sangin military base and insurgents digging a tunnel to target nearby security forces were struck. They ran towards a house, Hayat said, which was then hit killing four civilians and wounding five others.

News reports differed on casualty figures. A Taliban propaganda site said that 30 civilians had been "hurt" in the attack, 25 of which were killed. Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported tribal elders saying that at least 19 civilians were killed and 20 others injured, with one tribal elder claiming US strikes hit a house in Chinari village, killing ten members of the family including women and children. 

Resolute Support on Twitter

RS statement

Afghan forces have struggled to keep the Taliban at bay in Helmand. The situation in Sangin district was particularly bad. The US were forced to launch around 30 air attacks in the week leading up to February 10 or risk losing the district capital.

News of possible civilian deaths first emerged on Twitter within hours of the strikes. The Nato mission, Resolute Support, posted a tweet acknowledging it had received allegations of civilian casualties from US air attacks.

A spokesperson told the Bureau it had “no evidence” that civilians had died but it was investigating Taliban claims of civilian harm. The spokesperson said: “We do not believe that there were any civilians killed or wounded as a result of our strike.”

Resolute Support opened “a formal review to determine the credibility of the claims,” according to Brigadier General Charles Cleveland, the missions deputy-chief of staff for communications. The investigation team involved Nato officers from outside the US command to ensure impartiality, Cleveland said.

Resolute Support were unable to draw any conclusions from their initial investigations, a spokesperson told the Bureau. Investigators had been unable to “link the locations and times of our strikes with the locations where we think civilian casualties occurred”. Both the Taliban and Afghan were using indirect and direct fire, he said. Adding: “At this time, we are unable to confirm whether the civilian casualties were caused by the Taliban, the Afghan Army or our air strikes.”

AFG314 link

8 February 2017

  • 11 reported killed
  • 6 reported injured

Two senior commanders of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed in "NATO drone strikes", according to Mohammad Hussain Mashraqiwal, a spokesperson for the Nangarhar province police chief. He identified the commanders as Mohammed Omar Sadiq and Omar Farooq.

The strikes reportedly killed a further nine alleged militants and injured six others. Khaama Press reported that the two commanders were killed in Pekhar Khor area of Achin district, while the others were killed in Nari Oba area of Haska Mina district but the sourcing was vague.

A US military spokesperson confirmed to AP that forces had conducted counter-terrorism strikes in Nangarhar province on February 8 but did not provide any additional details.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike 
  • Location: Pekhar Khor area, Achin district and Nari Oba area, Haska Mina district, Nangarhar province
  • References: AP, Khaama Press 

AFG313 link

6 February 2017

  • 2 reported killed
  • 3 reported injured

Two members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed and three others wounded in a drone strike, according to Attaullah Khogyani, the Nangarhar governor's spokesperson.

The strike was reported on February 8 but Khogyani made the comments on February 7, according to Khaama Press. The reporting says the strike hit "last night" which is most likely referring to the night before the comments were made.

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

AFG312 link

6 February 2017

  • 6 reported killed

Six Taliban members were killed in US air strike, according to the Helmand government media office. A statement reportedly released by the media office said a local Taliban leader, identified as Mawlavi Najeeb or "Madad", was among the dead.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike 
  • Location: Kharko area, Garamser district, Helmand province 
  • ReferencesKhaama Press

Afghan Air Force strike link

6 February 2017

  • 11 reported killed
  • 12 reported killed

Gul Islam Siyal, the governor of Zabul province's spokesperson, said that Afghan forces hit "militant hideouts" in a strike in the night.

  • Type of strike: Afghan Air Force strike 
  • Location: Khak-e-Afghan, Zabul province 
  • References: Pajhwok

AFG311Cii link

6 February 2017

  • 2 reported killed
  • 3 reported injured

A series of US air strikes on February 6 killed at least two members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State and injured three others, according to the "provincial police commandment". The sourcing is too vague to confirm the strike and add it to the strike tally as yet.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike 
  • Location: Charzoi and Nari Obo areas, Haska Mena district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG311Ci link

6 February 2017

  • 1 reported killed

A Taliban member was killed in an air strike, according to the provincial police commandment, but it was not clear if the Afghan Air Force or US forces conducted the strike.

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

AFG311C link

4 February 2017

  • 1 reported killed

A member of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State was killed in a drone strike conducted "by the foreign forces", according to the provincial police commandment. The sourcing is too vague to record this as a confirmed US strike as yet. A date for the strike was also not given but it was reported on February 4.

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

AFG311 link

3 February 2017

  • 21 reported killed
  • 6 reported injured

At least 21 members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State were killed and six others wounded in US drone strikes in Haska Mina and Achin district, according to Major Sher Aqa Faqeri, a spokesperson for 201st Selab Military Corps.

The strikes were reported alongside an overnight clash and it was not clear if the strikes took place at the same time.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strikes
  • Location: Haska Mina and Achin district, Nangarhar province 
  • References: Kuwait News AgencyPajhwok

AFG310C link

2 February 2017

  • 4 reported killed
  • 3 reported injured

Khaama Press reported that five members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State had been killed and five others wounded in two separate US drone strikes.

The first strike, which hit Gorgori area of Haska Mena district at 9am local time, killed four fighters and wounded a further three, according to the provincial police commandment.

The second was reportedly the strike that killed Shahid Omar which is recorded in the entry above. The first strikes sourcing is too vague to confirm as yet.

AFG310 link

1 February 2017

  • 4-6 reported killed

Two Pakistani media outlets reported a drone strike on February 2 in Afghanistan's Khost province, hitting close to its border with Pakistan.

They differed on who was killed. Dawn reported sources saying Mullah Akhtar Rasool, the leader of an Afghan Taliban faction, was killed when a drone hit a vehicle with two missiles in the Ali Sher area. This falls in Tere Zayi district. Five Afghan Taliban members were killed, it said.

The Express Tribune said that Mullah Muhammad Rasool's nephew and son-in-law were killed. However the reporting around the strike was unclear with a police spokesperson reportedly saying that Mullah Akhtar Rasool and four others were in car heading towards their hideout when they were targeted. The car was completely destroyed, the spokesperson said. It also said that six Taliban members were killed.

Both media outlets said the claims had not been independently verified.

Mullah Muhammad Rasool and Mullah Akhtar Rasool appear to be the same person, but Baaghi TV says Mullah Akhtar is Muhammad Rasool's nephew.

Captain William Salvin confirmed US Forces conducted a counter-terrorism strike in Khost province but said it took place on February 1. General Faizullah Ghairt, the police chief of Khost province, confirmed to Xinhua that a strike took place on the night of February 1 and an unnamed source told the media outlet that four members of the Haqqani Network had been killed in it.

A Bureau reporter spoke to various people to find out more details on the strike. A tribal elder who claimed to know those hit in the strike said they were all from Sabarai district and affiliated to Haqqani Network. The district governor for Sabarai suggested they were high ranking Taliban but did not know exactly what group they belonged to. Ghairt told our reporter that four commanders in Haqqani Network were killed. He rejected the claims Mullah Rasool or people connected to him were killed in the strike.

AFG309 link

1 February 2017

  • 2-12 reported killed

A senior leader of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State was killed in a morning strike, according to Ataullah Khogyani, the Nangarhar governor's spokesman. Local officials said the strike was conducted by a drone and carried out by "foreign forces". They identified the leader as Shahid Omar. Khogyani said Omar was in command of at least 40 members of the group.

A later news report said that Qari Munib, described as a "top leader" of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State, was one of 12 militants killed in Achin, which included Omar. They had been killed in a series of airstrikes, it said. It was not clear if they had all been killed in strikes conducted by US forces.

Munib's death was however later confirmed by the US, who said he “was killed during a larger Afghan and U.S. counterterrorism operation focused on ... eastern Afghanistan" in a Pentagon statement issued on February 8 and reported by VOA. The Pentagon said Munib played a "key role" in two suicide attacks on the capital which took the lives of a combined total of nearly 100 people. One of the attacks hit Nepalese security guards at the Canadian Embassy in June 2016 while the second targeted a Hazara protest march in July. The Afghan government said Munib “was involved in large-scale atrocities against our people in Nangarhar’s Achin district and several other areas”, according to VOA.

An archived ISAF press release shows that Qari Munib, then described as a Taliban leader, was reported killed by an "Afghan and coalition security force" in November 2012.

AFG308 link

31 January 2017

  • Unknown reported killed

The US conducted 36 strikes in Afghanistan in January, according to figures given to the Bureau by a US spokesperson.

The Bureau recorded 15 strikes for the month. The remaining 21 strikes have been added to the Bureau's database and included in the strike tally.

The data, released on February 2, did not include casualty estimates but was broken down into types of strikes. The spokesperson said that 20 strikes were conducted under counter-terrorism authorities and 15 strikes were conducted under rules passed in June giving US troops greater leeway to target the Taliban.

One strike was conducted using force protection rules that allow the US to take out threats to international forces as well as Afghan troops who are “in extremis”.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strikes 
  • Location: Unknown
  • References: US Forces – Afghanistan via email

AFG307 link

31 January 2017

  • Unknown reported killed

A US military spokesman told VOA on January 31 that approximately ten air strikes had been carried out in the past 24 hours in and around Sangin.

The strikes were conducted to assist Afghan troops holding off a Taliban assault on Sangin, a key district centre in Helmand province.

“These strikes targeted Taliban fighting positions. We will continue to aggressively support our Afghan partners as they defend Sangin from the Taliban,” the spokesman said in a written statement given to VOA.

Mujib Mashal on Twitter

Taliban attack on Sangin district cent in Helmand: US carried out airstrikes overnight, afghan reinforcements on way. CE Abdullah in Helmand

  • Type of strike: Air or drone strikes 
  • Location: Sangin, Helmand province 
  • References: VOA

AFG306 link

28 January 2017

  • 7 reported killed

Xinhua reported Shir Aqa Faqiri, an army spokesperson, saying that seven alleged members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State had been killed in a drone strike, including "two judges of the terrorist group".

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike 
  • Location: Nangarhar province 
  • References: Xinhua

AFG305 link

27 January 2017

  • 7 reported killed

A drone attack killed two members of Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State and five members of Lashkar e Islam, a Pakistani terrorist group, according to Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, a Nangarhar police spokesperson.

It targeted the positions of the fighters in Bandar area in Achin district on the night of January 27.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike 
  • Location: Bandar area, Achin district, Nangarhar province 
  • Reference: Pajhwok

Afghan Air Force strike link

24 January 2017

  • 14 reported wounded

An airstrike conducted by Afghan forces came to light when an investigation was launched into reports of civilian injuries. The Afghan National Army has rejected the claims.

However the Uruzgan Governor Mohammad Nazir Kharotai said he visited the clinic treating the victims. He reportedly received a call from the presidential palace ordering an investigation and said a delegation would be appointed.

It is not clear when the strike took place but it was within a few days of the investigation being launched which was reported on January 24.

  • Type of strike: Afghan Air Force strike
  • Location: Akhtar village, Chora district, Uruzgan province
  • References: Pajhwok

Afghan Air Force strike link

23 January 2017

  • 31 reported killed
  • 19 reported wounded

Gul Islam Seyal, the governor’s spokesman for Zabul province, said that airstrikes killed 31 alleged Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters. The strikes were conducted as part of the Afghan operation known as “Shafaq-2”.

  • Type of strike: Afghan Air Force strike
  • Location: Khak-i-Afghan district, Zabul province
  • References: Pajhwok

Afghan Air Force strike link

22 January 2017

  • 21 reported killed
  • 7 reported injured

An Afghan Air Force strike killed 21 members of Afghanistan’s branch of Islamic State in Zabul province, according to the “provincial police commandment”. A further seven were injured, including an alleged commander of the group.

  • Type of strike: Afghan Air Force strike
  • Location: Zabul province
  • References: Khaama Press

AFG303C link

20 January 2017

  • 3 reported killed

The “provincial police commandment” said a US air strike killed three members of Afghanistan’s branch of Islamic State. It hit late in the afternoon.

The sourcing is too vague to confirm the strike and add it to the database as yet.

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

AFG304 link

20 January 2017

  • 4- 6 reported killed

A vaguely sourced news report said that four members of Afghanistan’s branch of Islamic State were killed in a US drone strike. Two of the members were reportedly from Pakistan and the other two were from Tajikistan.

The strike was later confirmed by Attaullah Khogyani. He reported that the strike hit Bandr Khor area of Achin district in Nangarhar province. In a different report, Khogyani said that the strike had killed six members of the group, four of which were not from Afghanistan.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Bandr Khor area, Achin district, Nangarhar province
  • References: Khaama Press, TOLO News, Pajhwok

AFG303 link

14 January 2017

  • 15 reported killed
  • 10 reported injured

Several top Taliban leaders were reportedly killed in a US strike in Helmand province, the “provincial government media office” said in a statement.

It reported a total of 25 alleged fighters killed or wounded in the strike, adding that at least 15 had been killed, including some Taliban leaders “loyal to Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence”.

Pajhwok reproduced a list of the Taliban members believed to have been killed and their alleged titles published by what it described as the “governor’s house of Helmand province”.

Name Alleged Taliban position
Mullah Tahir Financial manager
Haji Nasir Recruitment head
Haji Khadam Military unit director
Haji Rohani Shadow district chief for Nehr-i-Siraj
Mullah Sadiq Agha Head of military unit for Kandahar province
Haji Khalid Deputy governor for Uruzgan province

Four vehicles, 18 PK heavy machine guns, three mortars, four SPG-9 rocket launchers and 25 AK-47 assaults rifles were reportedly destroyed in the attack.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Musa Qala district, Helmand province
  • References: Khaama Press, Pajhwok

Afghan Air Force strike link

12 January 2017

  • 12 reported killed

Afghan air strikes reportedly killed 12 alleged fighters including Mualvi Attiqullah, a Taliban commander, in Garamser district, Helmand province. Ayub Omar Omari, the district chief, told Pajhwok News that the strikes hit the Gimak and Kharki areas of the district. He attributed the strikes to the Afghan Air Force.

  • Type of strike: Afghan Air Force strikes
  • Location: Gimak and Kharki areas, Garamser district, Helmand province
  • References: Pajhwok

AFG302 link

10 January 2017

  • 4 reported killed

Four people were killed in a US drone strike on a car in the evening of January 10, according to Zar Moeed Mukhlis, “administrative chief” in the town of Aziz Kala.

The four were said to be members of the Haqqani Network, two of them commanders in the terrorist syndicate. The commanders, Nazar Janand Rohullah, were killed in the strike, Mukhlis said. They were “a bomb planter and in charge of the group’s weapons supply”, according to Pajhwok News though it was not clear which role was attributed to which of the men.

An unidentified local corroborated the strike hit a vehicle near Aziz Kala though did not have any information about casualties, Pajhwok reported.

  • Type of strike: US air or drone strike
  • Location: Aziz Kala town, Sabri district, Khost province
  • References: Pajhwok

AFG301Ci link

2 January 2017

  • 21 reported killed

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior reported 21 alleged Taliban members had been killed in multiple air strikes in Logar province.

Specific dates for the strikes were not given but the information was reported by Khaama Press on January 2.

It is not clear whether Afghan or US forces conducted the strikes.

  • Type of strike: Possible US strike
  • Location: Logar province
  • ReferencesKhaama Press

AFG301C link

2 January 2017

  • 10 reported killed

According to Khaama Press, the “provincial police commandment” said a US drone strike killed at least ten members of Afghanistan’s branch of Islamic State.

The date of the strike was not mentioned in the reporting. The sourcing is also too vague to confirm this as a US strike as yet.

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