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Afghan War Casualty Report: December 2020

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 21 pro-government forces and eight civilians were killed in Afghanistan the past week. The deadliest attack took place in Balkh Province, where seven Afghan police officers were abducted by the Taliban and later killed. In Ghazni Province, the Taliban attempted to coordinate attacks on security bases in the Nano Baba area of Andar District. A military Humvee stolen by the Taliban and laden with explosives targeted a base, but it was hit by a rocket fired by Afghan forces. Three soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in the explosion. A second truck laden with explosives targeting another military base in the area was seized by Afghan forces, though the driver managed to escape from the area. A female journalist and her driver were shot and killed in Jalalabad, the provincial capital of Nangarhar.

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

Dec. 10 Nangarhar Province: two civilians killed

Malalai Maiwand, a female journalist, was shot and killed while she was on her way to office in the Araban area of Jalalabad City, the provincial capital. The driver was wounded in the attack and died at the hospital. The journalist was a presenter for a local TV network.

Dec. 9 Takhar Province: one civilian and one police officer killed

The governor of Bangi District and one of his bodyguards was killed in clashes with unknown gunmen while he was traveling to Taloqan, the provincial capital. Two police officers were wounded in the clashes.

Dec. 9 Ghazni Province: four security forces killed

The Taliban attempted to coordinate attacks on army bases in the Nano Baba area of Andar District. A military Humvee stolen by the Taliban was laden with explosives to target a base, but it was hit by a rocket fired by Afghan forces. Three soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in the explosion. A second truck laden with explosives targeted another military base in the area, but was seized by Afghan forces. The driver managed to escape from the area. Meanwhile, the Taliban attacked the center of Qarabagh District, killing a local police officer. Local officials claimed that 10 Taliban fighters were killed in the attack.

Dec. 9 Balkh Province: seven police officers killed

Seven Afghan police officers left their base in Charbolak District for rotation, without coordinating with officials or security forces. Their civilian vehicle was ambushed, and they were abducted by the Taliban in the Sulaimankhel area of the district. All seven officers were later killed.

Dec. 6 Badghis Province: three police officers killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost in the village of Chehel-Gazi in Moqor District, killing three local police officers and wounding another.

Dec. 6 Kabul Province: one civilian killed

A prosecutor was shot and killed in the Fifth Police District of Kabul City, the capital. The police launched an investigation.

Dec. 6 Badghis Province: two security forces killed

Two members of the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, were killed and a member of the directorate and a police officer were wounded in a Taliban attack on their outpost in Qadis District.

Dec. 5 Herat Province: two police officers and one civilian killed

Unknown gunmen shot and killed two police officers and one civilian in the town of Islam-Qalah in Kohsan District. The attackers managed to escape from the area.

Dec. 5 Paktika Province: one police officer killed

An Afghan convoy was ambushed by the Taliban in the Perkoti area in Awrgon District. General Eid Mohammad, a well-known local police commander, was killed in the ambush. When the clashes intensified, forces on the ground asked for air support. Local officials claimed that 17 Taliban fighters were killed in the airstrike.

Dec. 5 Ghazni Province: two civilians and one police officer killed

In Khogyani District, the Taliban shot and killed two civilians and one local police officer who were on their way to Jaghatu District.

Dec. 4 Kabul Province: one civilian killed

An Afghan high court official was shot and killed in the Eighth Police District in Kabul City, the capital. The attackers managed to escape from the area.

Reporting was contributed by Zabihullah Ghazi from Nangarhar, Farooq Jan Mangal from Khost and Asadullah Timoory from Herat.

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