11.01.17 Drone War

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 recordedby the Bureau
Total reported strikes 78-79
Total reported killed 129-198
Civilians reported killed 18
Children reported killed 0-8
Total reported injured 27-46

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 18
Total CAS sorties 262
Total weapons released 54

Strikes

AFG320 link

26 February 2017

  • 3-9 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. Khaama Press said that another senior leader identified as Qari Amin, reportedly the Taliban district chief, was killed in the strike. However Sher Aziz Kamawal, a senior police commander in northern Afghanistan, was reported by Reuters saying that eight other Taliban members were killed.

"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. 

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".

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.

AFG319C 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.


AFG316Ci link

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

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

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

AFG315 link

9 February 2017

  • 18-68 reported killed
  • 18 civilians reported killed, including an unknown number of children
  • 0-20 reported injured

Strikes conducted on February 9 and 10 by "International Military Forces" in Sangin district of Helmand province killed at least 18 civilians, nearly all women and children, an initial enquiry by the UN Mission in Afghanistan found. UNAMA published a statement on its findings on February 12.

The Bureau was first alerted to reports of civilian casualties as a result of US strikes by a Resolute Support tweet acknowledging the allegations. However Captain William Salvin told the Bureau on February 10 that Resolute Support had "no evidence" that civilians were killed in the strikes, rather just Taliban claims, adding: "We do not believe that there were any civilians killed or wounded as a result of our strikes."

Captain Salvin said the claims would be investigated. The strikes, he said, were conducted to support and defend Afghan forces. Resolute Support communications deputy chief of staff Brigadier General Charles Cleveland confirmed that “a formal review to determine the credibility of the claims” had been opened, with the investigation team involving Nato officers outside the American command to ensure impartiality. He also said the US had conducted approximately 30 air strikes in Sangin last week, a sign of the intensity of the fighting in the area.

Resolute Support on Twitter

RS statement

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. Karim Atal, the Helmand provincial council chairman, visited a hospital treating the wounded and said that there were both civilian and insurgent casualties. He said the attacks hit civilian homes, with one family losing nine members and another losing five. A resident of Sangin told Reuters that his brother's house had been hit in the strike, killing 11 people. Another resident, Haji Ahmand, told the Guardian that his brother's house was also hit, with the attack taking place at about 2am. 

However, Helmand governor Hayatullah Hayat rejected reports of civilian casualties, claiming over 50 insurgents were killed. The News Agency of Nigeria quoted Mohammad Zwak, described as the spokesperson for the provincial governor, denying the civilian casualty allegations.

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 

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

AFG304C 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

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

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

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