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Afghan War Casualty Report: March 1-31

At least 360 pro-government forces and 92 civilians were killed in Afghanistan during the past month.

The following report compiles all significant security incidents confirmed by Afghanistan Strategic & policy Studies Organization (ASPSO) reporters throughout Afghanistan from the past one month. It is necessarily incomplete as many local officials refuse to confirm casualty information. The report includes government claims of insurgent casualty figures, but in most cases these cannot be independently verified by The Times. Similarly, the reports do not include Taliban claims for their attacks on the government unless they can be verified. Both sides routinely inflate casualty totals for their opponents.

March 28 Samangan Province: seven pro-government militia members killed

The Taliban attacked the village of Tikhonak in Aybak City, the provincial capital, killing seven pro-government militia members and wounding 11 others. Local authorities claimed that four Taliban fighters were also killed in the clashes and that their attack was pushed back by security forces.

March 28 Zabul Province: seven police officers killed

The Taliban attacked police outposts in the Seuri area of Shinky District, killing seven police officers and wounding eight others. Three outposts were captured by the Taliban in several hours of battle.

March 27 Balkh Province: one police officer killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost in the Kampirak village of Nahr-e-Shahi District, killing one police officer and wounding two others in an hour of fighting.

March 27 Balkh Province: five soldiers killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost called Timorak in Charbolak District, where fighting continued for more than five hours. Five soldiers were killed and seven others were wounded in the clashes. Reinforcements arrived after the fighting had ended, and they were able to prevent the Taliban from capturing the outpost.

March 26 Takhar Province: one civilian killed

One woman was killed and four civilians were wounded in fighting between two local militia commanders in Kalafgan District.

March 25 Balkh Province: one police officer killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost in the village of Kata Khil in Balkh District, killing one police officer and wounding another. The Taliban were pushed back from the area.

March 24 Herat Province: two children killed

A mortar fired by the Afghan army in the Aziz Abad area of Zawal District hit a house, killing two children. Their father was also wounded in the attack. Fighting between security forces and the Taliban was underway in the area when the mortar struck. The government sent a delegation to investigate the incident.

March 24 Helmand Province: five police officers killed

The Taliban attacked police outposts in the Makidasht area of Nadali District, killing five police officers and wounding seven others. Local authorities claimed that the Taliban also suffered casualties in the clashes.

March 24 Faryab Province: one police officer killed

Mir Hamza, the police chief of Shirin Tagab District, was shot and wounded in the district center by a Taliban member who was wearing a burqa. Hamza later died of his wounds because the district center was surrounded by Taliban fighters and the government did not send a medevac. Another police officer was also wounded in the assault. The attacker who shot Hamza was killed by police.

March 23 Kunduz Province: 14 civilians and four soldiers killed

After the second firefight in the past 10 days between American soldiers and their Afghan allies, at least 14 civilians, most of them women and children, were killed in an airstrike in Gul Tepa District. At least four Afghan soldiers were also killed.

 

March 23 Helmand Province: four people killed

Two bombs exploded during Farmer’s Day celebrations in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital. Explosives were placed in agricultural products and went off when the provincial governor and other high-ranking officials were visiting agriculture vendors. Four people were killed, including two government officials, and more than 30 people were wounded by the explosions. Taliban claimed responsibility for explosions.

March 23 Kandahar Province: a former member of Afghan parliament killed

Obaidullah Barikzai, a former member of Afghan parliament, was shot and killed in Kandahar City by unknown armed men on a motorcycle.

March 23 Nangarhar Province: five civilians killed

Five civilians were killed and three others were wounded in a military operation by an Afghan strike force that is trained and overseen by the C.I.A. The operation was carried out in the Gardi Kas area of Behsod District. Four of those killed are members of the same family.

March 23 Helmand Province: 65 security forces killed

The Taliban attacked security outposts in Majeed Chowk and Mobile Tower areas of Sangin District, killing 65 members of the security forces, including 48 soldiers, 10 pro-government militias and seven police officers, with another 43 wounded, according to a local official.

March 22 Kunduz Province: two American soldiers killed

American service members Specialist Joseph P. Collette, 29, and Sgt. First Class Will D. Lindsay, 33, were killed during a joint operation with Afghan forces in Gul Tepa District. Four Afghan commandos were also killed during the operation. A spokeswoman for the American-led NATO mission in Afghanistan confirmed the two American deaths in a brief statement, but it did not release any details of the attack. “The incident is under investigation and we have no additional information to provide,” said the spokeswoman.

March 22 Kandahar Province: one civilian killed

A civilian vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the village of Chinar in Shawalikot District, killing one civilian and wounding four others including women and children.

March 20 Nangarhar: one civilian killed

One civilian was killed and two others were wounded when unknown gunmen opened fire on them in Jalalabad City, the provincial capital.

March 19 Herat Province: one civilian killed

One person was killed and six others were wounded by an I.E.D. blast in the Ninth Police District of Herat City.

March 18 Kunduz Province: two civilians killed

Two civilians were killed in clashes between Afghan commandos and the Taliban in the village of Sar Asia in Chardara District. Local officials claimed that four Taliban fighters were also killed in the clashes.

March 18 Baghlan Province: two police officers killed

A police vehicle hit a roadside bomb in First Police District of Pul-i-Kumri City, the provincial capital, killing two police officers and wounding a police officer and one civilian.

March 18 Logar Province: one police officer killed

Saber Khan, the police chief of Baraki Barak District, was killed and three other police officers were wounded when a bomb attached to Khan’s vehicle exploded in the district.

March 17 Faryab Province: 22 security forces killed

A Taliban Red Unit attacked a military base and security outposts in the village of Arkalik in Qaisar District, where fighting continued for seven hours. Fifteen soldiers and five police officers were killed, eight police officers were wounded and four police officers were taken prisoner in the clashes. The Taliban captured the military base and four outposts, looting all weapons and equipment. Reinforcements never arrived despite many calls for backup. After the Taliban left the area, security forces started evacuating bodies and bombs placed under the bodies exploded, killing two police officers.

March 17 Nangarhar Province: one civilian killed

An 8-year-old child was killed and four pro-government militia members and a civilian were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near a group of people near the Abku Ziarat area of Khogyani District.

March 16 Sar-i-Pul Province: four police officers killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost in the village of Panjshir in Sar-i-Pul City, the provincial capital. Four police officers were killed and four others were wounded in two hours of fighting. The outpost was captured by the Taliban, seizing all weapons and equipment.

March 16 Kandahar Province: four security forces killed

A vehicle carrying Haji Zmarai, the unit commander of Afghan National Civil Order Police, which is part of the Afghan military, hit a roadside bomb in the Gul Kalacha area of Arghandab District. Zmarai and his three bodyguards were killed in the explosion.

March 16 Badghis Province: 150 soldiers captured by the Taliban

The Taliban carried out the biggest known capture of Afghan soldiers of the war, taking 150 prisoners after they chased units into neighboring Turkmenistan and that country forced them back, Afghan officials said on Sunday. The operation took place in Bala Murghab District in the northwestern Afghan province of Badghis. The Taliban later announced that they had released 58 soldiers who promised that they would not rejoin the Afghan security forces.

March 16 Helmand Province: one member of a pro-government militia killed

A bomb attached to a vehicle transporting pro-government militia members exploded in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital. One militia member was killed and three others were wounded in the explosion.

March 16 Takhar Province: one police officer killed

One police officer was killed and another was wounded when a verbal dispute between police and soldiers escalated into clashes between both sides. The incident happened inside a health facility in Darqad District.

March 16 Kunduz Province: two security forces killed

A group of local police officers and pro-government militia members were ambushed by the Taliban in the village of Zangi in Ali Abad District. One local police officer and one pro-government militia member were killed in the clashes.

March 16 Kabul Province: one civilian killed

An I.E.D. attached to a private vehicle exploded in Third Police District in Kabul City, killing one civilian and wounding two others.

March 15 Khost Province: one journalist killed

A local journalist, Sultan Mahmood Khairkhwa, was shot and badly wounded by unknown gunmen in western part of Khost City, the provincial capital. He later died of his wounds at the hospital.

March 15 Farah Province: one civilian killed

In the village of Nilam in Pusht-e-Koh District, a roadside bomb was dragged by flash floods and exploded when a group of children were trying to move it. One child was killed and seven others were wounded in the explosion. All those killed and wounded were under the age of 20.

March 15 Paktia Province: four civilians killed

A father and his three sons were killed by American forces during a night raid in the Sahak area of Zurmat District. Local authorities claimed that a number of Taliban fighters were killed in the raid, but they did not provide exact figures. The Afghan government launched an investigation to find out more about civilian casualties.

March 15 Badghis Province: eight commandos killed

Taliban fighters equipped with heavy and light weapons attacked security outposts outside of Bala Murghab District, killing eight members of an Afghan commando unit. According to local officials, the district is on the verge of collapse.

March 14 Badghis Province: one soldier killed

Dozens of Taliban fighters attacked military outposts in Qades District, killing one soldier and wounding four others. Local authorities claimed that four Taliban fighters were also killed and 11 others were wounded.

March 14 Sar-i-Pul Province: two local police officers killed

The Taliban attacked two local police outposts in the village of Engishka in Sayyad District, killing two local police officers and wounding four others.

March 14 Faryab Province: one soldier killed

The Taliban attacked the center of Shirin Tagab District from four directions. Fighting continued for several hours. One soldier was killed and four other wounded in the clashes. The Taliban were pushed back.

March 14 Kunar Province: one civilian killed

A bomb placed inside a shop exploded in a Sawkai District bazaar. One civilian was killed and 12 others were wounded in the explosion.

March 14 Kunduz Province: two soldiers killed

The Taliban attacked five security outposts in the center of Qal-e-Zal District, where fighting continued for five hours. Two soldiers were killed and four other were wounded in the clashes. The Taliban were pushed back by security forces. Local officials claimed that seven Taliban fighters were killed in the fighting.

March 13 Oruzgan Province: six soldiers killed

Six soldiers were killed and nine others were badly wounded when an American airstrike bombed an army base. Soldiers there had opened fire on a joint convoy of Afghan and American forces who were heading to a military operation on the outskirts of Tirin Kot, the provincial capital.

 

March 13 Helmand Province: two civilians killed

Security forces killed two men who were leaving a meeting in which the Taliban were said to be taking part, in Marja District. The men turned out to be Azizullah Khan, the director of education for the district, and his brother, Pacha Khan. The government launched an investigation to find out that why they were meeting with the Taliban.

March 13 Farah Province: one civilian killed

Mohammad Salim Farahi, the acting director of public works department in Farah, was shot and killed by unknown armed men in the Second Police District of Farah City, the provincial capital, while he was driving to work.

March 13 Kandahar Province: one civilian killed

Foreign troops opened fire on a civilian vehicle in the village of Alizo in Daman District, close to Kandahar Airfield, killing one civilian and wounding three others. The vehicle got close to the military convoy, and despite many warning by the troops, the car did not avert its direction.

March 13 Balkh Province: two militia members and one police officer killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost in the village of Pay Mashhad in Dawlat Abad District, killing two members of pro-government militias and wounding four others. Reinforcement forces were ambushed by the Taliban ambush, and one police officer was killed and another was wounded.

March 12 Ghazni Province: three civilians killed

Three civilians were killed and 11 others were wounded when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Andar District.

March 12 Baghlan Province: four police officers killed

The Taliban attacked three security outposts in the Hasan Tal area of Baghlan-e-Markazi District. Four police officers were killed, seven surrendered to the Taliban. Insurgents captured one of the outposts, seizing all of its weapons and equipment.

March 12 Badghis Province: eight police officers killed

The Taliban attacked a local police outpost and two national police outposts in the Chahlgazi area of Moqor District, killing eight national police officers, and wounding four national police officers and two local police officers. The fighting continued for two hours. Three outposts were overrun by the Taliban.

March 11 Badghis Province: 16 soldiers killed

Taliban fighters killed or captured an entire Afghan National Army company of more than 50 soldiers in Bala Morghab District. At least 16 soldiers were killed and 40 others were taken prisoners in the attack.

 

March 11 Helmand Province: four soldiers killed

The Taliban attacked an army outpost in the Yakhchal area of Greshk District, killing four soldiers and capturing the outpost.

March 11 Sar-i-Pul Province: four police officers killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost along the highway connecting Sar-i-Pul and Jowzjan. Four police officers were killed and another was wounded in the clashes. The insurgents were eventually pushed back. Local officials claimed that six Taliban fighters were also killed.

March 10 Samangan Province: one police officer killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost in Dara-i-Suf Payin District, killing one police officer and wounding three others.

March 10 Kunduz Province: three soldiers killed

A group of Afghan soldiers patrolling in the Dasht-e-Abdan area of Kunduz City, the provincial capital, were ambushed by the Taliban ambush. Three soldier were killed in clashes.

March 10 Nangarhar Province: 13 civilians killed

At least 13 civilians, including several children, were killed in American airstrikes in Hesrak District that were carried out in support of an Afghan-led operation against the Taliban. The airstrikes hit two houses in the village of Naser Khil, said a tribal elder. In one house, the village’s lone doctor, his wife and their five teenage daughters were killed. In the other, the doctor’s brother, his wife and their four children reportedly died.

 

 

March 9 Herat Province: one civilian killed

A tribal elder was shot and killed by two unknown gunmen on a motorcycle in Herat City, the provincial capital.

March 9 Balkh Province: one soldier killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost in Chimtal District, killing one soldier and wounding two others during two hours of fighting.

March 9 Wardak Province: three civilians killed

A woman and two children were killed during a night raid in the Tangi Dara area of Sayed Abad District. Local authorities claimed that a Taliban commander was also killed in the raid.

March 9 Balkh Province: three soldiers killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost in Chimtal District, where fighting continued for three hours. Reinforcements heading to the area were ambushed by the Taliban. Three soldiers were killed and two Humvees were destroyed. Insurgents were pushed back by security forces. Local authorities claimed that six Taliban fighters were also killed in the clashes.

March 9 Badghis Province: eight soldiers killed

The Taliban attacked army outposts in the Akazi area of Bala Murghab District. Eight soldiers were killed, and six others were taken prisoner. Three army outposts were captured by the Taliban, but they were later retaken by security forces.

March 8 Kunduz Province: one soldier killed

The Taliban ambushed Afghan soldiers who were heading to their outpost in the Zakhil area of Kunduz City, the provincial capital. One soldier was killed and another was wounded in the ambush.

 

March 8 Balkh Province: two militia members killed

A group of pro-government militia members were ambushed by the Taliban in the village of Joy Bahs in Shor Tepa District. Two militia members were killed.

March 8 Kandahar Province: one civilian killed

Two men an a motorcycle shot and killed a civilian who was working with special forces in Kandahar City, the provincial capital. The attackers escaped from the area.

March 8 Badghis Province: two soldiers killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost in Moqor District, capturing the outpost and seizing all weapons and equipment. Two soldiers were killed and three others were wounded in the attack.

March 8 Badghis Province: one soldier killed

One soldier was killed in a Taliban attack on a joint police and army base in the Laman area of Qala-i-Naw, the provincial capital. Local authorities claimed that six Taliban fighters were killed and 19 others were wounded in the attack.

March 8 Kunduz Province: one civilian killed

One civilian was killed during a military operation in the Telawka area of Kunduz City, the provincial capital, when American aircraft bombed three targets in the area.

March 7 Kabul Province: three civilians killed

Three civilians were killed and 31 others were wounded in Kabul when attackers launched mortar and rocket attacks on a crowd of people commemorating the 24th anniversary of the death of Abdul Ali Mazari, a Hazara leader. The Islamic State claimed credit for the attack. High-ranking government officials and politicians were present at the event. Abdul Latif Pedram, a presidential candidate, was among those wounded. The attackers fired mortars from a nearby house. Two attackers were killed and another was arrested by security forces.

March 7 Baghlan Province: two police officers killed

A police Humvee hit a roadside bomb in the village of Hussainkhel in Pul-i-Kumri City, the provincial capital. Two police officers were killed and another was wounded in the explosion.

March 7 Balkh Province: one soldier killed

The Taliban attacked a military base in the village of Hayatan in Dawlat Abad District, killing one soldier and wounding two others. Local officials claimed that two Taliban fighters were also killed in the clashes. Insurgents were pushed back by security forces.

March 7 Kunduz Province: nine security forces killed

The Taliban attacked security outposts in the center of Qala-e-Zal District, killing six police officers, two soldiers and one pro-government militia member. The attack was carried out by a Taliban Red Unit that was eventually pushed back by security forces. Local officials claimed that Taliban also suffered casualties, but they did not provide exact figures.

March 6 Balkh Province: two soldiers and one police officer killed

The Taliban attacked security outposts in the village of Asia Khan in Chimtal District, killing two soldiers and a police officer. Reinforcements heading for the attack were ambushed by the Taliban.

March 6 Nangarhar Province: 16 civilians killed

At least 16 civilians were killed in a complex attack on a construction company in Jalalabad, the provincial capital. The attack started with an early morning suicide explosion at the entrance of a construction company. After the blast, four armed attackers wearing suicide vests entered the compound and shot employees of the company, prompting a firefight with Afghan security forces that lasted more than five hours. Nine civilians were also wounded in the attack, according to local officials.

 

 

March 6 Kunduz Province: three soldiers killed

A Taliban Red Unit attacked a security outpost called Khwaja Pesta in Khanabad District, where fighting continued for two hours. Three soldiers were killed and three others were wounded in the clashes. The insurgents’ attack was repelled.

March 6 Kunduz Province: one civilian killed

During a military operation in the Qurghan Tepa area of Imam Sahib District, a rocket fired from an Afghan military chopper hit a house in the area, killing one civilian.

March 6 Samangan Province: two police officers killed

The Taliban attacked the Dara-e-Kalan area of Hazrat Sultan District, killing two police officers and wounding another. The Taliban were pushed back by security forces.

March 5 Balkh Province: three civilians killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost in the village of Asiab Gorg in Chimtal District. During the clashes, a rocket fired by the Taliban hit a house. Three civilians were killed and two others were wounded, all members of the same family.

March 5 Jowzjan Province: one civilian killed

The Taliban shot and killed a 10-year-old child in the village of Khanaqa in Qosh Tepa District, after he grabbed a weapon that belonged to a Taliban fighter.

March 5 Kandahar Province: one police officer killed

A man on motorcycle opened fire on a border forces outpost in the Third District of Kandahar City, the provincial capital. The outpost commander, Haji Mandy, was killed in the attack. The police are investigating the incident.

March 4 Takhar Province: one police officer killed

A police officer was killed in clashes between the Taliban and security forces in Baharak District.

March 4 Kandahar Province: one civilian killed

Assadullah Mashori, a parliamentary candidate, was killed and a passer-by was wounded, when a bomb attached to Mashori’s vehicle exploded in the Fourth Police District of Kandahar City, the provincial capital.

March 4 Balkh Province: eight security forces killed

One police officer and seven pro-government militia members were killed in a Taliban ambush in the village of Pay Mashhad in Dawlat Abad District. Six militia members were also wounded during the four hours of battle.

March 4 Kunduz Province: 19 security forces killed

The Taliban attacked a military base and a local police outpost in the village of Qurghan Tepa in Imam Sahib District using night-vision goggles. At least 15 border forces were killed in the clashes and six more were taken prisoner by insurgents. Additionally, four local police officers were killed in a coordinated attack on the police outpost in the area. Insurgents captured the military base, looting all weapons and equipment. Qurghan Tepa village was under Taliban control, but later retaken by security forces.

March 3 Jowzjan Province: one civilian killed

The Taliban killed a fuel tanker driver when he didn’t stop at an insurgent checkpoint along the highway that connects Jowzjan and Balkh. Three other civilians were wounded by crossfire.

March 1 Helmand Province: 40 soldiers killed

Taliban suicide bombers penetrated a key government military base outside Lashkar Gah in Washir District, killing 40 soldiers. Twenty-one insurgents who entered the base were killed by security forces after nearly 36 hours of battle. The site was once a major base for United States forces in Afghanistan, and an adjoining part of the compound still houses American troops.

 

March 1 Badghis Province: two police officers and one soldier killed

Around 70 Taliban fighters attacked a police outpost in the Laman area of Qala-i-Naw, the provincial capital. Soldiers at a nearby army outpost arrived to provide support. Two police officers and one soldier were killed, and three soldiers were wounded in the two hours of clashes. Local officials claimed that four Taliban fighters were killed and seven others were wounded in the fighting.

March 1 Sar-i-Pul Province: 10 security forces killed

A convoy of Afghan security forces was ambushed by the Taliban in the Do Aaba area of Sancharak District, where clashes continued for more than eight hours. Ten Afghan forces were killed, eight were wounded and five others were taken prisoner.

March 1 Balkh Province: two police officers killed

The Taliban attacked a police outpost in the village of Aq Tepa in Charbolak District, where the fighting continued for five hours. Two local police officers were killed, three others were wounded and four officers were taken prisoner by insurgents.

March 1 Faryab Province: 15 security forces killed

A Taliban Red Unit attacked security outposts in the village of Arikalik in Qaisar District using night-vision goggles. At least 10 soldiers and five police officers were killed and 15 others, including 10 soldiers and five police officers, were wounded in five hours of battle. Two security outposts were captured by the Taliban, but they were retaken by security forces later. Local officials claimed that nine Taliban fighters were killed and eight others were wounded.

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