The following reports compile all significant security incidents confirmed by New York Times reporters throughout Afghanistan. It is necessarily incomplete as many local officials refuse to confirm casualty information. The toll here does not generally include claims of insurgents killed by the government, because of the difficulty of verifying such claims. Similarly, the reports do not include attacks on the government claimed by the Taliban. Both sides routinely inflate casualties of their opponents.
The greatly decreased death toll among security forces, 42, indicated that clashes between the insurgents and the government decreased in the past week, but a larger number of civilians, 73, lost their lives — particularly due to a massive bombing in the capital, the first major attack in more than a month. Most of the reported attacks were small in scale, also unlike previous weeks, with few casualties.
The heavy fighting in Jaghori and Malestan districts in Ghazni Province also quieted, with the situation apparently stalemated there. Most businesses and schools remained closed, and residents who fled have not returned. But the Taliban did not continue to push to overrun the districts, which are populated by the Hazara minority. Heavy government reinforcements were sent in but apparently did not yet go on the offensive.
Gen. Austin Scott Miller, the American commander, visited Ghazni city on Wednesday and a rocket was fired into the city while he was meeting the governor. Officials said it landed far from the meeting place.
Update to last week’s report: On Nov. 12 last week, the Taliban attacked Farah Province’s Khust valley, which was guarded by Afghan Local Police. Officials initially denied or refused to give full details, but it became clear this week that 45 local police officers were killed and 90 others tried to flee but finally surrendered to the insurgents. They spent two days hiding in the mountains without supplies or equipment, hoping for reinforcements that never came; local elders then negotiated their peaceful surrender to the Taliban, who disarmed them but promised not to harm them. There originally had been 180 local police officers in the remote valley.
[Read the Afghan War casualty report for Nov. 09-15]
Nov. 22 Faryab Province: 11 security force members killed
In overnight fighting in the Almar District, Taliban insurgents captured eight local police and militia members, then killed them, officials said.
Taliban insurgents captured a government village and an Afghan National Army outpost in the Dowm Qala area of Gorziwan District, killing two soldiers and one member of a pro-government militia; five militia members were wounded as well. Government positions in the area remained surrounded by the insurgents and officials called for urgent reinforcements.
Nov. 22 Badghis Province: two soldiers killed
An army convoy was attacked in the Laman area by what officials said was 500 Taliban, who killed two soldiers and wounded three others. Some of the soldiers’ Humvees were set on fire.
Nov. 21 Logar Province: eight civilians killed
Local officials said the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s paramilitary intelligence service, carried out a night raid in Mohammad Agha District looking for Taliban insurgents. Eight civilians were killed during the operation, which is under investigation.
Nov. 21 Kandahar Province: three police killed
A roadside I.E.D. targeted a front-line commander named Sadiqullah on Kandahar-Oruzgan Road in the Urdobbagh area of Shawalikot District; three police were killed, including the commander, and two others wounded.
Nov. 20 Kunduz Province: two soldiers killed on leave
The Taliban captured two army officers from the 20th Pamir Division who were heading home on leave in a private car, which the insurgents stopped at a roadblock, later killing them, Afghan officials said.
Nov. 20 Kabul Province: 55 civilians killed and 94 wounded
A suicide bomber attacked a religious gathering in Kabul, killing 55 civilians and wounding 94, many of them critically. No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the attack.
[Read: 55 Killed in Afghan Religious Gathering]
Nov. 20 Laghman Province: three civilians killed
An airstrike that officials blamed on the American military struck Dawlat Shah District, killing three women.
Nov. 19 Faryab Province: two soldiers killed
The Taliban attacked army outposts in Shirin Tagab District, killing two soldiers and wounding another.
Nov. 19 Badghis Province: three soldiers killed
The Taliban attacked an army outpost in the Laman area of Qala-i-Naw, the provincial capital, before dawn, killing three soldiers and wounding five others. Dozens of Taliban fighters reportedly attacked the outpost.
Nov. 19 Ghor Province: three civilians killed
Unknown gunmen stopped a vehicle traveling from Herat to Ghor Province in the Bara Khana area and opened fire on passengers, killing three civilians, one a woman, and wounding three others. The motive was unclear.
Nov. 18 Kunar Province: one civilian killed
One civilian was killed in a barrage of mortars fired into the Sarkano and Dangam districts of Kunar, reportedly from Pakistan.
Nov. 18 Faryab Province: Afghan commander killed
A Taliban sniper shot and killed Dawood Laghmani, a company commander of the Afghan National Army, in Shirin Tagab District.
Nov. 18 Zabul Province: two police killed, nine captured
The Taliban attacked an outpost of local police in Shinki District before dawn, killing one police officer and wounding another. Nine police officers were taken prisoner by the Taliban after they captured the outpost.
Insurgents attacked another police post in Mizan District, killing one police officer and wounding two others. Mizan District was on the verge of falling to the Taliban, local officials said.
Nov. 17 Faryab Province: four security force members killed
The Taliban attacked outposts of commandos and pro-government militia members in Pashtoon Kot District. One commando was confirmed killed, and authorities reported that seven Taliban insurgents were killed as defenders repelled their attack.
The Taliban attacked a security outpost in Qizlar Qala village of Qaisar District, killing one local police officer and two pro-government militia members. Five security forces members were wounded.
Nov. 17 Logar Province: two local officials killed
A roadside bomb hit the vehicle of the acting district governor of Baraki Barak District. The acting district governor and the district National Directorate of Security chief were killed in the explosion and three members of security forces were wounded.
Nov. 17 Wardak Province: two civilians killed
During clashes between Afghan forces and the Taliban, a rocket hit a house in Jalrez District, killing two civilians and wounding 13 others. Women and children were among the victims. The incident was under investigation.
Nov. 17 Kunduz Province: four soldiers and one police killed
The Taliban attacked army and police outposts on Kunduz-Takhar highway, killing four soldiers and one police officer. Insurgents also captured a police outpost in the area.
Nov. 17 Badghis Province: five police killed
The Taliban captured a police outpost in the Bakhshabad area of Qades District. More than 100 Taliban fighters attacked the outpost at pre-dawn hours, killing five police officers, wounding two others and taking another prisoner. The Taliban carried out the attack with night-vision goggles, officials said.
Nov. 16 Kunduz province: one police killed
The Taliban attacked a security outpost in the Islamqul area of Khan Abad District before dawn. One police officer was killed in the fighting.
Reporting was contributed by the following New York Times reporters: Rod Nordland from Kabul; Najim Rahim from Mazar-e-Sharif; Taimoor Shah from Kandahar; Farooq Jan Mangal from Khost; and Mohammad Saber from Herat.
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