Iran in the Afghan War Diary

A search on “Iran” in the Afghan War Diary gives about 150 hits – more, actually, but I cleared a bunch that were place names that have the string “iran” in them, like Faqiran, and any entries about how the US raids a weapons cache and uncovers Iranian-manufactured weapons (there are a lot of those […]

India in the Afghan War Diary

In the phonetic alphabet (alpha, bravo, charlie, delta, echo, foxtrot, golf, hotel, india…), the letter “i” is represented by “india”. This makes searching for “India” in the Afghan War Diary a bit of extra work, as grid systems and nomenclatures that use alphabetical numbering and reach the letter “I” end up having US military units […]

Task Forces in Afghanistan

[More analysis of Wikileaks Afghan War Diary]. Looking through the 200- entries in the Afghan War Diary that specifically mention Canada, I noticed that most of them mention one of three task forces: TF Aegis, TF Paladin, and TF Kandahar. Searching for each of those terms gives a 1000-3000 hits each. It seems that these […]

The Drug War in Afghanistan – some maps

[More analysis of the Wikileaks Afghan War Diary]. I tried searching the database for any of these keywords: narc, opium, heroin, drug, poppy. It came up with 800 hits, which look like this: Note the concentration in the south (Hilmand) and the east. Now let’s zoom in on one of the areas, one the clusters […]

NATO deaths in Afghanistan

[More analysis of the Afghan War Diary] Analyzing NATO/US casualties (“Friendly Killed In Action” or FriendlyKIA) by type of unit gives the following. Coalition Forces (CF) casualties have more wounded than killed. TypeOfUnit Data (empty) Sum – FriendlyKIA 28 Sum – FriendlyWIA 29 ACM Sum – FriendlyKIA 6 Sum – FriendlyWIA 15 ANSF Sum – […]

At least 15219 Afghans killed in combat

[More analysis of the Wikileaks Afghan War Diary] I was looking at situations where Enemy Killed in Action was greater than 0, which gave 3729 incidents. I expect that if there are more civilian deaths than are encoded in the database, they are here, as armed people tend to classify those they kill as combatants, […]

Civilian Deaths in the Afghan War Diary

Looking at only incidents where CivilianKIA was greater than 0, I got 1458 events. In OpenOffice Calc (after downloading the convert text-to-numbers extension) I used DataPilot to divide these incidents by Type: Air Mission 2 Criminal Event 99 Enemy 1 Enemy Action 716 Explosive Hazard 2650 Friendly Action 162 Friendly Fire 34 Non-Combat Event 309 […]