At least 139 pro-government forces and 15 civilians were killed in Afghanistan during the past week.
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.
Hopes from recent weeks that the level of violence was finally tailing off as winter set in seemed dashed with another upturn over the past week, when at least 139 members of pro-government forces and 15 civilians were killed as both sides increased the tempo of violence despite cold and inclement weather throughout Afghanistan. The Taliban carried out numerous deadly attacks in Balkh Province, which had been one of the safest parts of the country, and in several neighboring provinces.
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Jan. 10 Herat Province: 11 soldiers killed
The Taliban attacked security outposts in Shindand and Pashtun Zarghon districts, killing 11 soldiers and wounding 11 others.
Jan. 10 Jowzjan Province: five soldiers killed
The Taliban attacked a security outpost in Faizabad District that is near the highway connecting Balkh and Jowzjan province. Five soldiers were killed and three others were wounded in the clashes. The Taliban captured the outpost and then blew it up. Insurgents also seized one Humvee and weapons and ammunition.
Jan. 10 Baghlan Province: nine security forces killed
A Taliban Red Unit attacked three security bases in the Hussainkhel village of Pul-i-Kumri City, the provincial capital. Two local police bases were captured by insurgents; nine local police officers were killed and nine others were wounded in the clashes.
Jan. 10 Badghis Province: eight security forces killed
The Taliban attacked security outposts in Ab Kamari District, not far from the district governor’s office. Three members of a National Directorate of Security (N. D. S.) special forces’ unit and five soldiers were killed in the fighting. At least 16 people were wounded, including the district governor of Ab Kamari, five soldiers, seven members of the N. D. S. special forces unit and three police officers. The Taliban tried to capture the district, but was pushed back.
Jan. 10 Takhar Province: eight security forces killed
The Taliban attacked six security outposts at the center of Khwaja Ghar District by approaching the area from four directions. Seven local police officers and one national police officer were killed and five local police officers were wounded in the clashes. The Taliban fighters eventually were pushed back.
Jan. 10 Kunduz Province: 10 security forces killed
The Taliban attacked the center of Qala-e-Zal District, killing 10 security force members and wounding 10 others.

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