Afghanistan War Loss Report: July 2021

June 7 Kandahar province: a police officer killed

The Taliban attacked security checkpoints in Kandahar City, the provincial capital, killing one policeman and injuring two others. A checkpoint has fallen to the Taliban, who have captured surrounding neighborhoods in recent weeks.

July 6 Kandahar province: a police officer killed

A car bomb targeted a special forces police unit in Kandahar City’s Seventh Police District, killing a policeman and injuring 21 others, including civilians.

July 6 Badghis Province: 65 members of the security forces killed

The Taliban ambushed a convoy of Afghan security forces en route to Qala-e-Naw, killing around 65 members of the security forces and injuring 14 others, although the exact number is not clear. Forty-three soldiers were kidnapped by the Taliban. The convoy was withdrawing from Moqor district when it was attacked. The district fell to the Taliban after a week-long assault by Taliban fighters.

July 6 Province of Herat: a soldier killed

As reinforcements moved towards the Salma Dam, a Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb in Chesht-e-Sharif. In the explosion, one soldier was killed and another was injured.

July 6 Kunduz province: a soldier killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost in the Third Police District of Kunduz City, the provincial capital, killing one soldier and kidnapping seven others. The outpost fell into the hands of the Taliban. The Taliban entered the town of Kunduz last week and remain locked in a street-to-street battle with security forces, displacing thousands of civilians.

July 5 Kabul province: three police officers killed

Unknown armed assailants shot dead three policemen in the Fifth Police District in the capital city of Kabul. The attackers fled and an investigation is underway.

July 5 Province of Herat: a civilian killed

A former pro-government militia member who served as the district militia commander two years ago was shot dead by gunmen in Chesht-e-Sharif district. Later that week, Afghan security forces left the district and the Taliban took over.

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