Infographic: Airstrikes On Taliban Positions In Afghanistan

Wednesday 22 February 2023 - 14:30

After the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan, 11 unknown air attacks have been carried out in different areas, which are likely to have been carried out by Pakistani army fighter jets or the US drones originating from Pakistan and Tajikistan.

The sudden withdrawal of the US and NATO forces from Afghanistan led to a new chaos in this country, which, in addition to the collapse of Ashraf Ghani’s government and the rise of the Taliban, led to the strengthening of ISIS and increase of the activities of this terrorist group in Afghanistan. Although the US and NATO have apparently left Afghanistan, their previous and current actions are still plaguing this region, and the occasional attacks and flights of their drones have taken away peace from the people of Afghanistan.

These attacks and flights have started since the spring of 2022 and have been carried out 11 times against different targets in different regions of Afghanistan. The exact cause and details of these attacks have generally not been disclosed to the media by the Taliban and the United States. However, according to available information and ISWNEWS reviews, the details of these attacks are as follows:

1- Drone attack on Shurabak base (Camp Bastion) in Helmand province, date: March 30, 2022.
This attack led to several explosions in the weapons warehouse of this base and killed and wounded 30 members of the Taliban. (Possible attacker: the US)

2- Air attack by unknown fighters on Spera district in Khost province and the border areas of Paktika province, date: April 16, 2022.
These attacks were carried out on the residences of Pakistani refugees from the North Waziristan region in the villages of Mir Safar and Kurai, and the positions of Pakistani Taliban militants in the areas of Mandete, Amir Sapar, Pakhi Mili and Shakuni in the Spera district of Khost province, which resulted in the death and injury of 40 people from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants. There are no details about the casualties and damages of the air attack on the border areas of Paktika province. (Possible attacker: Pakistan Army)

3- Drone attack on Tohidabad and Hydarabad bases in Ghazni province, date: May 6, 2022.
Tohidabad base was called PRT and US troops base during the previous regime and was under the control of NATO forces. This attack was probably carried out to destroy the warehouse of ammunition and military equipment left by foreign forces.
The Hydarabad base is also the headquarters of the Taliban reserve forces, and this attack has resulted in the death and wounding of 15 armed members of the Taliban reserve unit. (Possible attacker: the US or Pakistan)

4- Drone attack on Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al-Qaeda terrorist group, in Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood located in the second district of Kabul, date: July 31, 2022
According to the US claim and the report of local sources, this attack was carried out to assassinate Ayman al-Zawahiri, which led to his death and the wounding of two officials of the Taliban Ministry of Interior. (Attacker: the US).

5- Drone attack on the Taliban governorate building in Chahar Diwar village located in Andar district of Ghazni province, date: August 6, 2022
During the previous regime, this place was the joint base of foreign troops and Afghan army soldiers, and during the Taliban period, it became the governorate of Andar district. The casualties and damages of this attack are unknown. (Possible attacker: the US)

6- Drone attack on Dahouz village in Watapur district in Kunar province, date: August 10, 2022
According to local sources and considering the previous US attacks on these areas, this village is the hideoutse of the members of Al-Qaeda group or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. (Possible attacker: the US or Pakistan)

7- Drone attack on a vehicle carrying “Molavi Haji Ahmad”, the head of the 10th intelligence department of the Taliban, in the three-way of the Habibie school located in the third district of Kabul city, date: September 2, 2022
This attack led to the death of five Taliban militants, including “Molavi Haji Ahmed”, the head of the 10th intelligence department of the Taliban, and five others, including “Abu Hassan Al-Mujahid” alias “Molavi Hanzala”, a prominent Egyptian member of the Al-Qaeda terrorist group. In this attack, four other members of al-Qaeda, namely Seyyed Mohammad Mobarez, Jahadollah Farahi, Hejrat Qureishi and Abu Omar Logari, who were accompanying “Abu Hasan Al-Mujahid” were also killed. (Possible attacker: the US)

8- Drone attack on Darghad and Khajeh Bahauddin disricts in Takhar province, date: September 2, 2022
These attacks were carried out in support of Ahmad Massoud’s forces and led to the death and wounding of several Taliban militants. (Possible attaker: the US or Tajikistan)

9- Drone attack on the headquarters of the Azam 215th Division in Gereshk district in Helmand province, date: September 8, 2022
This attack led to the death and wounding of several Taliban militants, including the general commander of the 215th Azam division. (Possible attacker: the US or Pakistan)

10- Drone attack on Mansouri base 203 in the outskirts of Gardiz, the capital of Paktia province, date: September 8, 2022
This attack led to an explosion in the weapons warehouse of this base and killed or wounded 10 Taliban militants. (Possible attacker: the US or Pakistan)

11- Drone attack on Goshtah district in Nangarhar province, date: January 5, 2023
This attack was carried out on the hideouts of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in Salala village located in Goshtah district in Nangarhar province. The casualties and damages of this attack are unknown. (Attacker: Pakistan Army)

Read more: Infographic: Anti-Taliban Groups in Afghanistan

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