Afghan War Casualty Report: Jan. 11-17

The following report compiles all significant security incidents confirmed by New York Times reporters throughout Afghanistan from the past seven days. 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.

At least 62 pro-government forces and three civilians were killed in Afghanistan during the past week. Casualties among pro-government forces saw a significant drop compared to the previous two weeks, but remain high for this time of year when freezing temperatures historically have curtailed Taliban attacks. In Kabul, there were two bombings within two days of each other; the first left at least 22 people dead and 120 wounded; the breakdown of casualties between security forces and civilians was not available. The second bombing killed one N.D.S. official.

[Read the Afghan War Casualty Report from previous weeks.]

Jan. 17 Parwan Province: one police officer killed

Afghan forces launched an operation against the Taliban in Shinwari District. The district police chief was killed and two police officers were wounded in the fighting.

Jan. 16 Faryab Province: four police officers killed

The Taliban ambushed an Afghan security convoy in Khwaja Sabz Posh District, killing four police officers and wounding two others. The convoy was driving from Balkh to Faryab.

Jan. 16 Balkh Province: nine security forces killed

The Taliban attacked and captured a local police outpost in Chimtal District, killing seven local police officers and two national police officers and wounding one local police officer.

Jan. 16 Faryab Province: five security forces killed

The Taliban attacked and captured a pro-government militia outpost in the Dara-e-Broghoon village of Qaisar District, killing three pro-government militia members and two police officers. One police officer was wounded.

Jan. 16 Kandahar Province: four police officers killed

A Taliban infiltrator killed four police officers at a checkpoint in the Moshan area of Panjwai District. According to officials, the checkpoint commander, Karimullah, invited two men into the checkpoint as police officer candidates. Those recruits then recruited two more men. Around 3 a.m., the newly arrived men killed everyone in the checkpoint, including the commander, collected all of the equipment and escaped.

Jan. 15 Kabul Province: one security official killed

An I.E.D. attached to a civilian vehicle exploded in Kabul City, killing one N.D.S. official.

Jan. 14 Kabul Province: 22 people killed

A car bomb exploded in Kabul, killing 22 people and wounding 120 more. Officials claimed only four people were killed, three of whom were Afghan security officials, and 113 others were wounded.

[Deadly Bombing in Afghan Capital Is Claimed by Taliban]

Jan. 14 Badghis Province: four border police killed

The Taliban attacked a convoy of Afghan border police close to Qala-i-Naw, killing four and wounding two. The incident took place 31 miles from Badghis City. Afghan officials claimed five members of the Taliban were also were killed and five were wounded.

Jan. 13 Jowzjan Province: seven militia members killed

The Taliban captured a pro-government militia outpost in Aqcha District, killing seven pro-government militia members and wounding four others. Officials claimed nine Taliban were killed and 18 others were wounded.

Jan. 13 Farah Province: six police officers killed

The Taliban attacked Sultan Mir security checkpoint in Farah City, killing four police officers. Taliban fighters ambushed reinforcements and killed two other police officers.

Jan. 13 Kunduz Province: eight security forces killed

A local police outpost was attacked by the Taliban in Imam Sahib District. During the fighting, six soldiers and two local police officers were killed and two local police officers were wounded. The Taliban were pushed out of the district.

Jan. 12 Herat Province: three civilians and two police officers killed

Gunmen stormed a police station in Herat City, killing two police officers and three civilians. Four police officers were wounded.

Jan. 12 Kandahar Province: five police officers killed

The Taliban attacked a police checkpoint in the Rabat area of Spin Boldak District, killing five police officers and wounding two others. The insurgents were unable to capture the post and the Taliban was forced from the area. An official claimed that seven Taliban were killed and six were wounded.

Jan. 11 Jowzjan Province: six militia members killed

The Taliban attacked an outpost in Faizabad District, killing six pro-government militia members. The outpost was captured by the Taliban after three hours of fighting.

Reporting was contributed by the following New York Times reporters: Rod Nordland from Hong Kong; Najim Rahim from Mazar-e-Sharif; Taimoor Shah from Kandahar; and Mohammad Saber from Herat.

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