Six years of IED attacks located

This map shows the location of every improvised explosive device (IED) attack logged by the database. It includes IED explosions and ambushes (where an explosion includes Taliban small arms fire and RPG attacks, for instance). It excludes hoaxes and suicide bombers

U Z B E K I S TA N

TA J I K I S TA N

IED attacks year by year 2004

Mazar-e Sharif

T U R K M E N I S TA N

Kunduz Kunduz is the heart of the German military deployment. In the last year troops have suffered increasing rocket and IED attacks Korengal Valley Most contested battlefield for US soldiers until they shifted to Helmand in 2009. Dubbed ‘the valley of death’ by US forces, more than 42 soldiers had died there when it withdrew its forces

Total

191

Meymaneh

2005

A FG H A N I S TA N
A01

Kabul The capital has been rocked by a series of daring Taliban attacks on five-star hotels, shopping centres, UN guesthouses and government ministries

Charikar

Total

Kabul

A01

First recorded IED attack 25 January 2004, midnight: US marines ambushed south of Abad with IED and RPG fire

366

2006

Herat
A01

Jalalabad

Highway One (A01) Key 1,375-mile road ringing the country. The busiest stretch, from Kabul to Kandahar, is a life-threatening journey for all but the most heavily protected vehicles

Peshawar
Khost Stomping ground of Sirajuddin Haqqani, one of the Taliban's fiercest commanders, and the site of hundreds of attacks on US troops, many by insurgents crossing from safe havens in Pakistan's tribal belt Sangin The most dangerous town in Afghanistan for Nato soldiers, accounting for a third of British fatalities since 2001. Located near the main highway that rings the country, it is a major transit centre for opium and most deaths have been caused by IEDs. The British are due to hand control to US troops in November
A01

Islamabad

Gardez
Highway One (A01) Last recorded IED attack of 2009 Sangin, 31 December: A dismounted patrol of The Rifles hit by an IED which killed one soldier and wounded two more

PA K I S TA N
Kandahar Spiritual homeland of the Taliban, the base of leader Mullah Muhammad Omar until he was forcibly ejected by US troops in 2001. Winning the town back has been a long-held desire of the insurgents, who have dispatched dozens of suicide bombers there

797
2007

Total

1,147
A01

Total

2008
Kandahar

IRAN

See enlarged detail Lashkar Gah Provincial capital of Helmand and home to British miltiary command (although most troops are located in Camp Bastion, to the north-west). Last week two British soldiers were killed near Lashkar Gah as they tried to rescue an injured colleague

1,632
2009

Total

HELMAND

KANDAHAR

Quetta

HELMAND
100 miles

KANDAHAR
20 miles

3,420

Total

IEDs exploded and cleared
Explosion/ambush

Total
400

7,553

Found/cleared

Total

8,582

20 Aug 2009 Presidential election

537 454

Where the IEDs exploded
North West

Civilian victims of IEDs measured by the database

364

274
Capital

Killed by IEDs

Total

2,187

Wounded by IEDs

1,569
CHINA

Total

4,811

300

1 Jan 2006 - British troops move into southern Afghanistan as part of Nato International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) 9 Sep 2008 - Extra 4,500 US troops to Afghanistan - the “quiet surge"

221

Casualty figures are not measured accurately on the database - these numbers give an indication of the effect rather than a comprehensive statistical analysis

1,257 993 770 793 360
2006 2007

IRAN

INDIA

200

7,553
South

Total*

East

2,983 122
2004

100

9 Oct 2004 – Hamid Karzai wins presidential elections with 55% of vote 1 Dec 2009 - Obama boosts US troop numbers by 30,000, bringing total to 100,000
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 *Unknown 10

518
GRAPHIC: PAUL SCRUTON, MICHAEL ROBINSON, IAN JEFFRIES DATAPOINTS: DAITHI O’CRUALAOICH CAPTIONS: DECLAN WALSH, SIMON ROGERS

3,701

96

0

47
2005

126

347

2008

2009