Tag: Civilian Casualties

‘I Could Just Vanish’: In Kabul, Pocket Notes to Prevent Anonymous Death

KABUL, Afghanistan — Tareq Qassemi, a bookseller, lost a close friend to a suicide bombing that killed 80 civilians in Kabul one scorching summer day. Four years later, he still mourns his friend, but also the nameless Afghans who perished with him. “Their bodies were shattered — the only thing that remained was a shoe […]

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Afghan Leaders Sideline Spokesmen in an Escalating Misinformation War

KABUL, Afghanistan — After Ahmad Jawad Hijri saw the wounded children in the hospital and learned of the Afghan airstrike that put them there, killing nine others around their age in northern Afghanistan, he never expected that his response would land him in jail. But Mr. Hijri, then the spokesman for the governor of Takhar […]

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Targeted Killings Are Terrorizing Afghans. And No One Is Claiming Them.

KABUL, Afghanistan — A military prosecutor who thought upholding the law was the highest honor, a doctor who inspired her family to study medicine, a journalist who wanted to hold those in power to account and a human-rights activist who sought to combat poverty in her home province: all murdered within weeks by unknown attackers […]

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What to Know as Troubled Afghan Peace Talks Enter a New Phase

KABUL, Afghanistan — After four decades of grinding combat in Afghanistan, peace negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban have raised at least a possibility that the long cycle of violence might someday end. But that milestone is a long way off. The most recent round of discussions, which began in September, have been […]

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‘Sticky Bombs’ Sow Terror and Chaos in a City on Edge

KABUL, Afghanistan — As he has done most workdays, Mahbubullah Mohibi left his home on Tuesday morning in a white armored S.U.V. with government plates, bound for his office job as deputy governor for Kabul Province. His driver was wheeling through the narrow streets of Kabul’s Macroyan neighborhood when the S.U.V. was rocked by an […]

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From Shelled Ethiopian City, Doctors Tally Deaths and Plead for Help

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — After Ethiopian military forces captured the capital of the rebellious Tigray region last weekend, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed boasted that his forces had scored the victory without killing a single civilian. But doctors at the city’s main hospital reached on Thursday painted a very different picture — indiscriminate artillery barrages on […]

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Afghan and Taliban Negotiators Agree on Peace Talks’ Procedures

Afghan government and Taliban negotiators in Qatar have agreed to the principles and procedures that will guide the ongoing peace negotiations between them, Taliban and Afghan officials announced on Wednesday, an important move that could pave the way for talks that have been hobbled by disagreements for more than two months. “The procedure including its […]

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Australia Condemns Lurid Tweet by Chinese Official as ‘Disgusting Slur’

MELBOURNE, Australia — Labeling it a “disgusting slur,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia denounced on Monday what he called a fabricated image posted to Twitter by a Chinese official that showed an Australian soldier with a knife to the throat of an Afghan child. The post, by Zhao Lijian, a firebrand spokesman for the […]

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Australian Military Moves to Dismiss Soldiers After Killings in Afghanistan

MELBOURNE, Australia — One week after the release of a damning report that revealed Australian special forces had unlawfully killed helpless Afghan civilians and waged a campaign to cover up the slaughter, the military has begun proceedings to dismiss 13 soldiers serving in the force. At a news conference on Friday, the chief of the […]

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Ethiopia’s Leader Escalates Assault on Tigray Region, Putting Civilians at Risk

NAIROBI, Kenya — Just over three weeks ago, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia unleashed his military forces in an attempt to subdue the country’s northern region of Tigray, whose rebellious governing party was until recently the dominant force in Ethiopia’s central government. On Thursday, Mr. Ahmed ratcheted up the conflict, ordering what he called […]

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Casualties From Banned Cluster Bombs Nearly Doubled in 2019, Mostly in Syria

Casualties from cluster bombs, the internationally banned weapons that kill indiscriminately, nearly doubled last year, mostly because of use by the Russian-backed armed forces of Syria in that country’s nearly decade-old war, a monitoring group reported on Wednesday. At least 286 people were killed or wounded in 2019 from cluster-bomb attacks or from remnants of […]

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Donors Pledge Less Aid to Afghanistan During a Violent Chapter

HERAT, Afghanistan — In one city, a gilded hall filled with suited Afghan and Western officials served as a forum to discuss the need for a lasting peace in Afghanistan, even as donors there lowered aid targets for the country out of concern about corruption and uncertainty. In another, a bazaar crowded with poor farmers […]

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Where the Pomegranate Harvest Is Life, the Taliban Brought Ruin

ARGHANDAB, Afghanistan — Crack a pomegranate in half and its blood-red seed-filled chambers make it look almost like a broken heart. In Arghandab district, which in Afghanistan is almost synonymous with the fruit, a Taliban offensive has cut the heart out of the harvest season, leaving farming families desperate. The offensive here in southern Afghanistan […]

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Rockets Strike Kabul as Mike Pompeo Plans to Meet with Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan — A rocket barrage slammed into the heart of Kabul on Saturday morning, killing at least five people and wounding more than a dozen others, as warning sirens blared across the diplomatic quarters of Afghanistan’s capital and residents on their morning commute took cover. Tariq Arian, a spokesman for country’s Ministry of Interior […]

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Australian Troops Unlawfully Killed 39 Afghans, Report Finds

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates. MELBOURNE, Australia — Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 civilians and prisoners in Afghanistan over an 11-year period, the country’s military said on Thursday, releasing the findings of a long-awaited inquiry that painted a damning portrait of a cavalier and deceitful culture in the Australian special […]

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String of Attacks Have People in Kabul Pointing a Finger, at the Government

KABUL, Afghanistan — A famous journalist, the father of an oft-threatened mayor and at least 22 others, many of them university students — all were killed within the span of a week in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, the victims of targeted assassinations and a terrorist attack. The series of assaults, while highlighting a city under violent […]

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An Afghan Mayor Expected to Die. Instead, She Lost Her Father.

KABUL, Afghanistan — Zarifa Ghafari, one of Afghanistan’s first female mayors, had been expecting to be assassinated. But on Thursday night, it was her father who was cut down by gunmen in front of his house in Kabul, the capital. Ms. Ghafari, 27, has survived several attempts on her own life. Her position as a […]

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Gunmen Storm Kabul University, Killing at Least 19

KABUL, Afghanistan — Gunmen laid siege to Afghanistan’s largest university on Monday, killing at least 19 people and wounding more than a dozen others, officials said, as rising violence in the Afghan capital resulted in carnage at an educational center for the second time in just over a week. The attack at Kabul University on […]

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Deadly Taliban Attack Probably Used Drone, a Worrisome Shift

KABUL, Afghanistan — A Taliban attack, most likely carried out by a drone, killed at least four security officers in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, according to senior and local Afghan officials, representing what could be the group’s first publicly known use of the method in the 19-year war. The strike targeted the governor’s compound in […]

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In Azerbaijan, a String of Explosions, Screams and Then Blood

BARDA, Azerbaijan — The first explosion was loud enough to make us stop the car. It seemed close and sounded like a rocket, so we quickly jumped out and crouched down by a wall. If we hadn’t stopped, I later realized, we might have driven straight into one of the blasts, a scant 20 yards […]

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How an Afghan Political Crisis Derailed Payments to War Victims

KABUL, Afghanistan — The son’s grief was unbearable enough after his parents and three relatives were killed in an airstrike that errantly hit their car near the family farm. But then came another ordeal for the son, Ghulam Mohaiuddin Rabani: the extensive paperwork for the promise of compensation from the Afghan government for the Jan. […]

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Russian Airstrikes Kill Dozens of Turkish-Backed Rebels in Syria

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Russian war planes struck a camp of Turkish-backed rebel fighters in northwestern Syria on Monday, killing dozens of Syrian fighters as well as civilians harvesting olives nearby, according to a rebel spokesman, in the bloodiest surge in violence since a cease-fire came into effect seven months ago. The strike targeted the group […]

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Deadly Explosion Hits Kabul Tutoring Center

KABUL, Afghanistan — A deadly explosion struck a tutoring center in Kabul on Saturday, puncturing a relatively peaceful period in the Afghan capital even as violence has spiraled upward in the countryside. Tariq Arian, a spokesman for the Afghan interior ministry, said at least 18 people were killed and 57 others wounded in the attack. […]

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How One of the Most Stable Nations in West Africa Descended Into Mayhem

A strange and terrible sound echoed across the badlands of swirling grit and desert scrub — the roar of a cadre of militants on motorcycles, more than a dozen of them. The growl of their engines was punctuated by the stuttering blasts of the riders’ Kalashnikovs. This was how they always arrived. There were no […]

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Taliban Test Afghan and U.S. Resolve in Talks by Attacking a City

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban have opened an offensive on the southern Afghan city of Lashkar Gah, overrunning some of its surrounding security checkpoints and largely cutting it off, even as their negotiators remained at the table for talks with the Afghan government that appear stalled. While the insurgent attempt to cap the fighting season […]

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Afghan War Casualty Report: October 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. […]

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Armenia-Azerbaijan Clash Takes Toll on Civilians

MOSCOW — Ruzanna Avagyana, a 53-year-old social worker from the ethnic Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, was taking stock Monday of the region’s rapidly escalating military conflict with Azerbaijan from inside her basement. The fighting, the worst in Nagorno-Karabakh since a vicious ethnic war erupted in the region in the early 1990s, began a week ago […]

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In Nagorno-Karabakh, Signs of Escalating and Widening Conflict

MOSCOW — Armenia said Tuesday that Azerbaijan was employing longer range and more destructive types of artillery in fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, now in its third day, and threatened to deploy heavier weapons of its own. The Armenian Ministry of Defense also said that one of its jets had been shot down by a […]

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U.S. Rationale for Military Aid to Saudis in Yemen War Is Fraying

WASHINGTON — When challenged over why the United States has continued to assist Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab nations in a bombing campaign that has killed thousands of civilians in Yemen, Trump administration officials have often responded that American involvement is helping to hold down unnecessary casualties by advising the Saudis and their allies […]

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Violent Attacks Plague Afghanistan as Peace Talks in Doha Slow

DOHA, Qatar — Violence continued unabated across Afghanistan on Saturday, as negotiators from the warring sides remained bogged down by disagreements over a framework for talks a week after historic negotiations began in Doha. More than a dozen civilians were feared dead in one airstrike by Afghan forces in the North. The deaths came as […]

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