List of Afghan security forces fatality reports in Afghanistan

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This is a partial list of Afghan security forces members killed in the War in Afghanistan (2001–present).

Besides serving as an indicator of some of the numbers of policemen, soldiers and private military contractors (PMCs) deaths during specific time periods, this article allows readers to investigate the circumstances of those deaths by reading the citation articles.

By October 14, 2009, overall it was confirmed that more than 5,500 soldiers and policemen were killed since the start of the war.[1]

Based on the numbers below, in the Afghan Defence and Interior Ministry section figures, by November 22, 2011, more than 10,157 soldiers and policemen had been killed since the start of the war.

In addition, seven soldiers were also reported captured in the period between March 21, 2008, and March 20, 2009,[2] three on June 30, 2009,[3] and eight on August 3, 2010.[4]

Afghan security forces losses confirmed by time periods[edit]

Malalai Kakar, was assassinated in the morning outside her house on 28 September 2008.

Yearly totals per the Afghan Defence and Interior Ministry[edit]

Note, these annual numbers are per the Afghan calendar which starts on March 21 of the Gregorian calendar.

Police fatalities (per specific time periods reported)
Period Number of killed
August 1, 2011-August 31, 2011 40[5]
July 1, 2011-July 31, 2011 176[6]
June 1, 2011-June 30, 2011 246[6]
May 1, 2011-May 31, 2011 115[7]
April 1, 2011-April 30, 2011 110[7]
March 21, 2010-March 20, 2011 1,360[8]
March 21, 2009-March 20, 2010 1,410[9]
March 21, 2008-March 20, 2009 1,290[10]
March 21, 2007-March 20, 2008 1,119[11]
March 21, 2006-March 20, 2007 630[12]
June 1, 2005-July 31, 2005 50[13]
December 7, 2004-May 16, 2005 600[14]
July 1, 2003-August 31, 2003 32[15]
TOTAL 7,178
Military fatalities (per specific time periods reported)
Period Number of killed
October 22, 2011-November 22, 2011 65[16]
September 22, 2011-October 12, 2011 31[17]
July 23, 2011-August 10, 2011 62[18]
June 22, 2011-July 22, 2011 109[19]
May 22, 2011-June 21, 2011 68[20]
March 16, 2011-May 17, 2011 100[21]
March 21, 2010-March 15, 2011 726[22]
March 21, 2009-March 20, 2010 635[23]
March 21, 2008-March 20, 2009 368[2]
March 21, 2005-March 20, 2008 600[11]
December 1, 2002-March 20, 2005 215[24]
TOTAL 2,979

Yearly totals per SIGAR[edit]

Note, these numbers are only from January 2007, as provided by the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction.

Police fatalities (per specific time periods reported)
Period Number of killed Number of wounded
April 1, 2010-September 26, 2010 595[25] 1,345[25]
December 28, 2009-March 31, 2010 157[26] 319[26]
January 1, 2009-December 27, 2009 639[27] 1,145[27]
January 1, 2008-December 31, 2008 724[28] 1,209[28]
January 1, 2007-December 31, 2007 688[28] 1,036[28]
TOTAL 2,803 5,054
Military fatalities (per specific time periods reported)
Period Number of killed Number of wounded
December 28, 2009-August 31, 2010 309[29] 234 (up to March 31)[30]
January 1, 2009-December 27, 2009 292[27] 859[27]
January 1, 2008-December 31, 2008 259[31] 875[31]
January 1, 2007-December 31, 2007 278[31] 750[31]
TOTAL 1,138 2,718

Afghan police losses before the start of official records[edit]

2006[edit]

In 2006, in addition to the overall above mentioned total, 49 policemen were reported killed and four policemen were missing in action.

  • January
    • January 3 - One policeman was killed in Zabul province.[32]
    • January 5 - A suicide bomber killed three policemen along with seven civilians in Oruzgan province.[33]
    • January 27 - A roadside bomb killed two policemen in Helmand province.[34]
  • February
    • February 3 - Fighting in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province left six policemen dead.[35]
    • February 4 - Fighting in the Nauzad district of Helmand province left one policeman dead.[36]
    • February 5 - A roadside bomb killed six policemen in Kandahar province.[35]
    • February 7 - A powerful bomb exploded outside the police headquarters in Kandahar killing seven policemen and six civilians.[37]
    • February 13 - Three policemen were killed when their checkpoint was attacked in Helmand province.[38]
    • February 15 - A bomb blast left one policeman.[39]
    • February 16 - A clash killed one policeman in Nimroz province.[40]
    • February 18 - Taliban militants attacked a police post in Helmand province killing three policemen.[41]
  • March
    • March 12 - Various Taliban attacks in the country left three policemen.[42]
    • March 17 - Various Taliban attacks in the country left 10 policemen dead.[43][44]
    • March 19 - A Taliban attack on a police post in Kandahar province left two policemen dead and four missing.[44]

2005[edit]

In 2005, in addition to the overall above mentioned total, 42 policemen were reported killed.

  • May
    • May 30 - Four policemen were killed in an attack on a police station in Zabul province.[45]
  • August
    • August 2 - Taliban militants attacked a police checkpoint in Nuristan province killing four policemen.
    • August 17 - A roadside bomb killed one policeman in Kandahar province.[46]
    • August 21 - A roadside bomb killed two policemen in Zabul province.[47]
    • August 22 - A roadside bomb killed two policemen in Oruzgan province.[48]
    • August 31 - Militants kidnapped David Addison, a British engineer, and his interpreter after an attack in western Afghanistan that left at least three policemen dead. Addison’s body was found September 3.[49]
  • September
    • September 4 - Various Taliban attacks in the country left eight policemen dead.[50]
    • September 17 - A Taliban attack in Kabul killed three policemen.[51]
    • September 18 - Fighting in the east of the country left two policemen dead.[52]
    • September 26 - A roadside bomb killed two policemen in Helmand province.[53]
    • September 28 - A land mine killed two policemen in Kunar province.[54]
  • October
    • October 23 - Nine policemen were killed in an ambush in Helmand province.[55]

2004[edit]

In 2004, 40 policemen were reported killed.

  • May
    • May 19 - Two policemen were killed in an ambush in Farah province.
  • June
    • June 23 – Five policemen were killed by a roadside bomb in Kandahar province.[56]
    • June 28 – Seven policemen were killed in an ambush near the Iranian border.[57]
  • July
    • July 12 – Various Taliban attacks in the country left three policemen dead.[58]
  • August
    • August 14 - 14 pro-government militiamen were killed in factional fighting in Herat province, along with seven rebel militiamen.[59]
  • September
    • September 18 - A militia commander was killed in an ambush in Helmand province.
  • October
    • October 5 - Seven policemen were killed by a landmine in Kandahar province.[60]
    • October 9 - Various Taliban attacks in the country killed 11 policemen.[61]
    • October 16 - One policeman was killed by a roadside bomb in Kunar province.[60]
  • November
    • November 16 - Four policemen were killed in Oruzgan province.[60]

2003[edit]

In 2003, in addition to the July–August above mentioned total, seven policemen were reported killed.

  • January
    • January 26 - Two policemen were killed in an attack on a UN refugee agency convoy in Nangahar province.[62]
  • December
    • December 29 - Five policemen were killed when a man they arrested blew himself up in Kabul.[63]

2002[edit]

In 2002, two policemen and nine militiamen were reported killed.

  • March
    • March 2 - Seven militiamen were killed in operation "Anaconda".
  • July
    • July 27 - Two militiamen were killed during a raid in Khost province.[64]
  • August
    • August 7 - Two policemen were killed during a prison break in Kabul.[65]

Afghan private security guard losses[edit]

2009

  • February 5 – Six PMCs, guarding the governor of Musa Qala district, were killed by a roadside bomb in Helmand province.[66]
  • March 19 – Three PMCs, guarding an Afghan lawmaker, were killed by a roadside bomb in Helmand province. The lawmaker and a senior policeman were also killed.[67]
  • April 1 – Ten people were killed, including one PMC, in a Taliban attack on a provincial council building in Kandahar.[68]
  • April 20 – One PMC was killed by a roadside bomb in Oruzgan province.[69]
  • April 25 – Three PMCs were killed by suicide bombers targeting the governor's offices in Kandahar province.[70]
  • April 26 – Two PMCs were killed in a Taliban attack.[71]
  • May 2 - One PMC was killed along with an American PMC in a Taliban attack.[72]
  • May 4 – Various Taliban attacks in the country killed nine PMCs.[73]
  • May 28 – Four PMCs were killed in an ambush in Herat province.[74]
  • June 1–10 PMCs were killed in an ambush in Farah province.[75]
  • June 2–10 PMCs were killed in an ambush in Paktia province.[76]
  • June 5 – One PMC was killed in fighting in Khost province.[77]
  • June 6 – Three PMCs were killed in an ambush in Nimroz province.[78]
  • June 7 – Four PMCs were killed in an ambush in Paktika province.[79]
  • July 11 - Various Taliban attacks in the country killed five PMCs.[80]
  • June 12 - Four PMCs were killed in a Taliban attack.[81]
  • June 13 - Nine PMCs were killed by a suicide bomber in Helmand province.[82]
  • June 28 - One PMC was killed in an ambush of a logistics convoy in Andar.[83]
  • July 2 - Four PMCs were killed by a roadside bomb in Khost province.[84]
  • July 12 - Four PMCs were killed in an ambush in Ghazni province.[85]
  • July 14 - Three PMCs were killed by a roadside bomb in Helmand province.[86]
  • July 25 - Three PMCs were killed by a landmine in Helmand province.[87]
  • July 28 - Various Taliban attacks in the country killed nine PMCs.[88]
  • July 30 - Four PMCs were killed by a roadside bomb in Helmand province.[89]
  • August 4 - Three PMCs were killed in an accidental explosion in Ghazni province.[90]
  • September 12 - Six PMCs were killed when Taliban fighters attacked their offices in Kunar province.[91]
  • October 2 - A PMC was killed by another South African PMC in Helmand province.[92]
  • October 5 - Two PMCs, guarding a businessman, were killed in Kabul.[93]
  • October 9 - Six PMCs were killed by a suicide bomber in Paktia province.[94]
  • November 16 - Four PMCs were killed when Taliban fighters attacked a bridge construction project in Kunduz province.[95]

2008

  • January 14 – An attack by Taliban commandos on a popular luxury hotel in Kabul left six people dead, including two PMCs.[96]
  • February 23 – Seven PMCs were killed by a roadside bomb.[97]
  • April 8 – 18 PMCs were killed when militants attacked them in Zabul province.[98]
  • July 7 – Six PMCs were killed in a Taliban attack.[citation needed]
  • July 18 – Various Taliban attacks in the country killed seven PMCs.[99][100]
  • July 21 – Four PMCs were killed when their food convoy was ambushed.[101]
  • August 17 - Nine PMCs were killed when a NATO supply convoy was ambushed.[102]
  • September 12 - Five PMCs were killed and three were captured when a convoy transporting logistics for NATO troops was ambushed in Farah province.[103]
  • September 21 - Two PMCs were killed in a Taliban attack.[104]
  • September 25 - 11 PMCs were killed when Taliban militants attacked Indian workers constructing a dam in Herat province.[105]
  • October 10 - Two PMCs were killed in an ambush in Farah province.[106]
  • October 26 - 24 PMCs were killed in a NATO air strike in Ghazni province.[107]
  • November 30 - One PMC was killed by a roadside bomb in Kandahar province.[108]
  • December 28 - One PMC was killed in a Taliban attack.[109]

2007

  • February 7 - Three PMCs were killed when an explosive-packed motorcycle exploded in Kandahar province.[110]
  • March 23 - 15 PMCs were killed and four were missing when a convoy transporting logistics for NATO troops was ambushed in Shahwalikok district of Kandahar province.[111]
  • April 15 - A suicide bomber killed four PMCs in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province.[112]
  • April 25 - Three PMCs were killed when Taliban fighters stormed a road construction company site near the main highway between Kabul and Kandahar.[113]
  • May 17 - A roadside bomb struck the vehicle of a private security company in Kandahar killing four PMCs.[114]
  • May 30 - A roadside bomb struck the vehicle of a private security company in the province of Helmand killing two PMCs.[115]
  • July 16 - A suicide bomber killed one PMC in Kandahar.[116]
  • July 18 - In Loghar, near Kabul, a shooting attack occurred near an office which gives security advice, the attack left a PMC and his driver working for a non-governmental organisation dead.[117]
  • July 21 - Four PMCs were killed in an ambush in Farah province.[118]
  • July 30 - Taliban militants killed 10 PMCs in the south of the country.[119]
  • August 18 - A suicide bomber killed four PMCs in Kandahar along with 11 civilians.[120]
  • August 22 - A suicide bomber killed one PMC in Khost.[121]
  • August 23 - 10 PMCs were killed when a convoy transporting logistics for NATO troops was ambushed in Zabul province.[122]
  • September 3 - A landmine explosion killed six PMCs in Kunar province.[123]
  • September 20 - Militants killed one PMC in Zabul province.[124]
  • September 23 - Three PMCs were accidentally killed by U.S. soldiers. Three other PMCs were captured in a Taliban attack.
  • September 30 - Militants killed one PMC in Ghazni province.[125]
  • December 18 - Taliban militants killed 15 PMC's in an ambush near the town of Bala Boluk in the province of Farah.[126]
  • December 30 - Taliban militants killed six PMCs in an ambush on their convoy on Afghanistan's main highway in Wardak province.[127]

2006

  • March 17–18 – Various Taliban attacks in the country left five PMCs dead and two missing.[44]
  • March 28 – Three PMCs were killed by a landmine in Farah province.[128]
  • April 23 - Taliban militants attacked a U.S.-funded Afghan construction company killing one PMC.[129]
  • May 24 - Various Taliban attacks in the country left three PMCs dead.[130]
  • June 18 - A former district chief was killed along with four PMCs who were guarding him in Helmand province.[131]
  • September 10 - A suicide bomber killed a provincial governor in eastern Afghanistan along with his nephew and a PMC.[132]

2005

  • July 29 - A parliamentary candidate was killed along with six PMCs who were protecting him in Oruzgan province.[133]
  • September 27 - A PMC guarding a presidential candidate was killed along with the candidate in Mazar-e Sharif.[54]

2004

  • March 5 - One PMC was killed in an ambush in Zabul province.[134]
  • August 29 - Three PMCs were killed in an attack outside the doors of their compound in Kabul.[135]

2003

  • April 29 - One PMC was killed when his checkpoint was attacked in Kandahar province.[136]
  • September 27 - Seven PMCs guarding the governor of Helmand province were killed in an ambush.

2002

  • September 5 - An assassination attempt on the Afghan president in Kabul left one PMC guarding him dead along with a civilian.[137]

Total
Based on the above listed reports, an estimated 356 private security guards were killed, six were missing and three were captured during the war.

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