2 killed and 28 injured in car explosion in busy Nangarhar market – latest in series of explosive attacks.

On Monday 20 June, 2 civilians were killed and 23 injured when a vehicle exploded in a busy market. Five Taliban members were also injured.

Nine People Killed and 13 Injured in Sixth Islamic State Attack in Afghanistan this April

On Thursday 28th April, nine civilians were killed and 13 injured in explosions on two minibusses in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, which was targeted at Shia Muslim passengers. 

IS and IS-Affiliated Explosive Violence in 2022

In 2022, 27 incidents have been attributed to IS and IS-affiliated groups in English language reporting, resulting in 172 civilian casualties recorded by AOAV (41 killed and 131 injured). Nine of those incidents (33%) have taken place in April, and account for 78% (134) of recorded civilian casualties of IS and IS-affiliated violence in 2022 so far. 

Afghanistan: suicide car bomb in eastern province proves to be deadliest blast so far this year

A suicide car bomb was detonated on Friday evening (30 April, 2021) in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 people and injuring more than 90 others.

13 killed by suicide bomber targetting government offices in western Afghanistan

At least 13 people were killed and more than 100 wounded by a suicide car bombing in Afghanistan’s western Ghor province on Sunday [October 18th]. According to the nation’s Interior Ministry, the bomb detonated near the entrance of the provincial police chief’s office and nearby other government buildings.  The head of a hospital in Ghor, […]

Afghanistan: a case study in IED harm

IEDs have been the leading cause of conflict-related civilian death in Afghanistan every year since 2001 – this report examines this reality.

Suicide attacks as revenge for air-strikes: three case studies

Since the first suicide bombing incident that killed the Tsar of Russia in 1881, the world has witnessed an increased number of suicide attacks, most significantly in recent years. In 1976 there were no reported suicide bombings, but in 2016 there were 469 attacks across 28 countries.  To put it another way, in the last […]

An interview with Harrison Akins

Harrison Akins is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, conducting research within the fields of intra-state conflict, terrorism, Islamic culture and politics and US foreign policy with a particular focus on tribal groups in Pakistan. As part of his research, he is analysing how US counterterrorism policy influences […]

Civilian casualty levels in Afghanistan at their worst for five years

Civilian deaths and injuries last year were at their highest since 2009, says the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). More than 10,000 Afghan civilians were violently killed or injured last year. Earlier this week, UNAMA released its annual report on the situation of civilians in the armed conflict. The report monitors civilian casualties […]

Data shows Wednesday’s bomb attack on Islamabad market part of a bloody pattern

At least 22 people have been killed by yet another indiscriminate bomb attack in Pakistan, this time in a crowded market in Islamabad. The blast, occurring on Wednesday 9th April, also wounded over 100 others. The bombing occurred at eight o’clock in the morning, one of the busiest times for the fruit and vegetable market in the […]

Stephen Farrell

Stephen Farrell is a Metro reporter for the New York Times. After covering the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the 2006 Israel-Lebanon War, he joined Times’s Baghdad bureau, where he set up and ran the Baghdad Bureau blog from the field. In 2009, he helped launch and run the Baghdad Bureau’s successor At War blog, […]

Scott Peterson

Scott Peterson is Istanbul bureau chief for the Christian Science Monitor, and covers the Middle East from Istanbul, Turkey. Peterson joined The Monitor in 1996 as the Moscow bureau chief, during which time he covered events from Algiers to Beirut to Tehran, as well as Russia and Central Asia. In 1999, he travelled with the […]