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Aaron Dehaven Held in Pakistan over visa

February 26, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Pakistan, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor | , , , , | Leave a comment

African mercenaries in Libya: Fact or racism?

afrol News, 26 February 2011 Protesters in Libya insist that “African mercenaries,” mostly from Niger and Chad, are used against them. Other sources deny this, fearing a possible racist origin of the claim.

Since the beginning of the Libyan revolution, protesters from all over the country have reported of extreme force being used against them by the Libyan army, police forces, plain-cloth regime agents, snipers and – more and more – “black African mercenaries”. The last group increasingly is described as the most brutal group.

Protesters are publishing photos and videos on the internet, with a strong message that “this documents the use of African mercenaries.” Some of these videos indeed show armed groups of dark-skinned persons, with and without uniforms.

February 26, 2011 Posted by | Africa, Libya | , , | Leave a comment

Qaddafi’s Private Thug Army

Saga of the Mercenary soldier Part II at Stormbringer

Sean Linnane Frum Forum

Mercenaries are in the headlines again, this week in the madness and insanity that is Qaddafi’s Libya.

My initial thoughts when I first saw this was that the north African nutjob had a cadre of Eastern European professional soldiers as a sort of Varangian Guard, but as it turns out Qaddafi’s personal foreign legion are basically a pack of thugs from Zimbabwe

If these guys are anything like any and every African soldier I ever trained, worked with or encountered on the battlefield; they’ve all got malaria, half of them can’t read or write, and their only understanding of the Law of Land Warfare is that they’re breaking every law in the book. No matter how hard you train them, in contact they revert to the “spray-and-pray” school of gunfighting and the safest place to be when they’re shooting at you is right out in the middle of the street because they can’t hit the broad side of a barn from the inside.

Please read the entire post here

February 26, 2011 Posted by | Africa, Civilian Contractors, Libya | , , | 1 Comment

Army Deploys Psy-Ops on U.S. Senators: Another Runaway General

Rolling Stone by Michael Hastings February 23, 2011

The U.S. Army illegally ordered a team of soldiers specializing in “psychological operations” to manipulate visiting American senators into providing more troops and funding for the war, Rolling Stone has learned – and when an officer tried to stop the operation, he was railroaded by military investigators.

The Runaway General: The Rolling Stone Profile of Stanley McChrystal That Changed History

The orders came from the command of Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, a three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops – the linchpin of U.S. strategy in the war. Over a four-month period last year, a military cell devoted to what is known as “information operations” at Camp Eggers in Kabul was repeatedly pressured to target visiting senators and other VIPs who met with Caldwell. When the unit resisted the order, arguing that it violated U.S. laws prohibiting the use of propaganda against American citizens, it was subjected to a campaign of retaliation.

“My job in psy-ops is to play with people’s heads, to get the enemy to behave the way we want them to behave,” says Lt. Colonel Michael Holmes, the leader of the IO unit, who received an official reprimand after bucking orders. “I’m prohibited from doing that to our own people. When you ask me to try to use these skills on senators and congressman, you’re crossing a line.” Please read the entire article here

February 26, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Department of Defense, Pentagon, Propaganda | , , | Leave a comment

American contractor, Aaron Mark Dehaven, appears in Pakistani court

By Riaz Khan Associated Press at Forbes  February 26, 2011
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — An American detained for visa violations in northwest Pakistan is a contractor who had worked on a U.S.-funded construction project in the region, a security official said Saturday.

DeHaven appeared in court Saturday in Peshawar, and a judge ordered him detained for 14 more days while police investigate him.

The security official said DeHaven was a contractor who had worked on at least one construction contract for the U.S. government in the region, declining to give more details.

He said DeHaven is a 34-year-old from Virginia who is married to a Pakistani woman. The official asked that his name not be published because of the sensitivity of the case. Please see the original here

February 26, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Legal Jurisdictions, Pakistan | , , , | 1 Comment

Invisible Wounds can be Fatal

AUSTRALIAN families, friends and communities have buried 23 soldiers killed in Afghanistan since 2002.   The Courier Mail Sunday Mail Australia

Each one was hailed for their heroism, remembered for their larrikinism and commended for their dedication to their mates and their mission.

But there is an even sadder and often silent statistic that is forgotten – the number of soldiers, sailors and airmen and women who have ended their lives for reasons that don’t command a full military funeral or public acknowledgement by politicians.

New Defence figures show that 31 enlisted Defence personnel have, or are believed to have, committed suicide since 2005.

Of those, 10 were in Queensland  the highest among the states, with seven suspected suicide cases in NSW and six in the ACT.

The suspected suicide deaths of two other Queensland soldiers earlier this year are also being investigated by the coroner but are not included in the figures at this stage.

Young Diggers president John Jarratt believes the number of confirmed suicides is just the tip of the iceberg with many more going unaccounted for once they have been discharged from the defence forces.


“Look at Vietnam. The number killed was far outweighed by the number who took their own life in the years after their service,” Mr Jarratt said.

“We call it the invisible wounds of war, people dying not in combat but as a result of combat, years later.”

Please read the entire story here

February 26, 2011 Posted by | Contractor Casualties, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Veterans | , , , | Leave a comment

2 Rockets hit US Base in Afghanistan

Militants have fired two rockets into Bagram Air Field in Kabul, the main US base in war-ravaged Afghanistan amid a surge in violence against the US-led forces in the country.
Press TV

The rocket attack on the US base — located 11 kilometers southeast of Charikar in Afghanistan’s Parwan province — took place late Friday, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Earlier, two rockets targeted central parts of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul in an attack that left no casualties and caused damages to only a few buildings, officials say.

The US Bagram base is currently occupied by the 5th Aviation Battalion (Assault), and 6th Aviation Battalion (GSAB) of the US Army, with the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing of the US Air Force and other US Army, Navy , Marine Corps, and Coast Guard units, and their coalition partners.

Bagram, which is home to some 24,000 military personnel and civilian contractors, is located in an area of more than 5,000 acres (2,000-hectares).

Please see the original at Press TV

February 26, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Safety and Security Issues | , , | Leave a comment