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US Consulate vehicle case

LHC seeks replies from secretaries

By our correspondent at The International News  April 21, 2011

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday sought replies from foreign and interior ministries besides the capital city police officer Lahore within two weeks on a petition seeking action and recovery of the vehicle which had killed Ibadur Rehman at Mozang Chungi in January.

Ijazur Rehman, brother of the deceased, filed the petition and pleaded through his counsel that more than three months had passed but no action was taken to arrest the driver and impound the vehicle which killed Ibadur Rehman.

The petitioner prayed to the court to direct the authorities to arrest the killers and recover the vehicle for further criminal proceedings against the accused. Ibadur Rehman was crushed to death by a US consulate vehicle which came to rescue CIA contractor Raymond Davis after he had gunned down two persons at Mozang Chungi.

April 20, 2011 Posted by | CIA, Civilian Contractors, Government Contractor, Legal Jurisdictions, Pakistan, State Department | , , , | Leave a comment

Sacramento woman killed in Iraq

UPI US News

SACRAMENTO, April 20 (UPI) — A Sacramento woman documenting an Iranian democracy movement in Iraq was killed by Iraqi soldiers, the United Nations reported.

Asieh Rakhshani, right, seen in 1996 with adoptive siblings

A U.N. report said Asieh Rakhshani, 30, was one of 34 unarmed Iranian expatriates allegedly slain April 8 by Iraqi soldiers while filming a pre-dawn confrontation over control of the northern section of Iraq’s Camp Ashraf, The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday.

“My sister was one of the seven women killed,” said Hamid Yazdanpanah, a University of California-Davis and Pacific McGeorge School of Law graduate. His parents raised Rakhshani until 2000, when she left to rejoin her activist parents at Camp Ashraf.

“She wanted to live in a free Iran. She was sending lots of messages of hope to youth in Iran. She was full of life and joy,” said Yazdanpanah’s mother, Ensieh Yazdanpanah.

The State Department has condemned the violent attack on Camp Ashraf, even though it has been the headquarters of Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, “the people’s freedom fighters,” a controversial organization on the U.S. list of terrorist organizations, the Bee said.

Please read more about this story here

April 20, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Casualties, Iraq, Journalists | , , , | Leave a comment

Photojournalist’s Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros killed, others severely injured in Libya

Chris Hondros

Update at 6:16 p.m. ET: The New York Times reports that Chris Hondros has died of the wounds he suffered in the attack that killed Restrepo photographer/c0-director Tim Hetherington and wounded two others.

Update at 4:34 p.m. ET:  AP reports that Chris Hondros, a New York-based photographer for Getty Images who was wounded in the attack that killed Tim Hetherington, is on a respirator and in critical condition. A colleague told the New York Timesthat Hondros suffered a severe brain injury.

The 41-year-old Hondros has covered combat since the late 1990s, including conflicts in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. His work has appeared in major magazines and newspapers, including USA TODAY.

Photojournalist Tim Hetherington has been killed in a mortar attack in Misurata, Libya, while three other photographers – Chris Hondros, Guy Martin reportedly in grave condition, and Michael Christopher Brown – were injured

The British Journal of Photography   April 20, 2011

Tim Heatherington

British photographer and filmmaker Tim Hetherington has been killed while covering the conflict in Libya.

Fellow photographer André Liohn reported the news on his Facebook page with this message: “Sad news Tim Hetherington died in Misrata now when covering the front line. Chris Hondros is in a serious status. Michel Brown and Guy are wounded but fine.” BJP can confirm that Guy Martin, a young British photographer, was wounded in the attack.

In the comments that followed, Liohn – who said he was at the hospital with both photographers – added that Hondros had later also died.

Alison Crombie, Getty Images’ vice president for communications, tells BJP that the agency is still trying to get confirmation of Hondros’ condition. Hondros has been a regular Getty Images photographer. “We are trying to get accurate information,” she says. “We believe he’s at the Misurata hospital, but things are very chaotic out there at the moment.”

While Agence France Presse and the Associated Press have announced that Hondros has also died in the attack, BJP has yet to receive official confirmation of his death. The New York Times announced earlier this evening that Hondros suffered serious brain injury and was clinging to life.

The Guardian reports that “according to colleagues at the scene, Hetherington and Hondros were among a group of about eight or 10 journalists reporting from the bridge on Tripoli Street in Misrata on Wednesday afternoon, regarded as the frontline between rebels and Gaddafi’s forces. When shooting broke out, the group split in two. Hetherington’s group of five journalists took shelter against a wall, which was then hit by mortar or RPG fire.”

Please read more here

April 20, 2011 Posted by | Journalists, Libya | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First female officer killed in Afghanistan died defusing daisy-chain of bombs

The first female officer to be killed in Afghanistan died as she defused a daisy-chain of hidden bombs,

the Ministry of Defence said.

Captain Lisa Head is believed to be the first ever female bomb disposal officer to be killed on operations after she died from wounds sustained on Monday.

The officer was clearing an alleyway laced with IEDs (Improvised Explosive Device) for a patrol of paratroopers in one of the most dangerous parts of Helmand when she received the fatal injuries.

Colleagues said she “placed herself into danger so that others may be kept safe”. A fellow officer called her “the bravest and most courageous woman I have ever met”.

In a statement her parents and sister said: “We are extremely proud of Lisa. Lisa always said that she had the best job in the world and she loved every second of it. Lisa had a fantastic life and lived it to the full.”

Capt Head, 29, who had worked in Northern Ireland’s counter-IED teams, had already safely defused one hidden bomb when she was hit while dealing with the second. The string of devices were placed in alleyway used by both Afghans and men from 2nd Bn The Parachute Regiment from Patrol Base Four in the Nar-e-Saraj district. She was 22 days into her six month tour of Afghanistan.

Please read more about Captain Lisa Head here

April 20, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Improvised Explosive Devices | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Msg (Retired) DoD Contractor Daniel James “Jim” Boyd dies

Jim, as he was known to his family and friends, was born in Des Moines. He was the eighth child of Daniel and Regina (Lydon) Boyd. He graduated from East High School in May 1979.
In August 1979, Daniel enlisted in the United States Army and served 26 years in the MP Corp. For his faithful service, Jim was awarded several medals and commendations-Korea Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Award), Army Commendation Medal (5th Award), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Coast Guard Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal (8th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal (2nd Award), Noncommissioned Officer’s Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award), Air Assault Badge, and the Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver-W Bar. Following his retirement in 2005, he was a DOD Contractor in Africa and Afghanistan.
On August 7, 1982, Jim was united in marriage to Kimberly Lynn Six in Des Moines. They were blessed with two children, Matthew and Jennifer.
Jim and Kim own a farm in Richland, Mo., where they enjoyed raising cattle and had started a vineyard. In his spare time, Jim enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was also an excellent marksman and liked to research his family history. He was known as the family historian.
Jim leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Kim; children, Matthew Boyd (Megan) and Jennifer Boyd (Nick Trewett); one grandchild, Anniston Boyd; siblings, Joan Putzke (Ed), Mary Jane Long (Charles), John Boyd (Marilyn), Patricia Starmer (Wendell), Linda Kurz (Ed), Sandra Alitz (Mike), Catherine Chambers (Roger) and Michael Boyd; 11 nieces, nine nephews, seven great nieces, 15 great nephews; several aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Regina Boyd; mother-in-law, Margret R. Six; and one nephew, Frank Robison, Jr.
Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 15, at Overton Funeral Home in Indianola with a vigil service at 7 p.m. Online condolences may be made to

www.overtonfunerals.com.

April 20, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Africa, Civilian Contractors | , , , , | Leave a comment

Obama Administration Drafts Executive Order On Contractor Donation Transparency

By Sam Stein at Huffington Post   April 19, 2011

WASHINGTON — After exhausting normal legislative avenues, the Obama administration has prepared a draft executive order that would enact some campaign finance reform provisions.

The administration was unable to secure the changes to donation disclosures it wanted in the last Congress.

Several Democratic sources confirmed a document being circulated by the administration would require government contractors to disclose campaign contributions made by directors, officers, affiliates or subsidiaries to federal candidates, political party committees and “third party entities” involved in electioneering.

The document, which was first reported by the conservative Pajamas Media, represents just a small (and revised) chunk of the DISCLOSE Act, the election transparency law Democrats tried to push through Congress last fall. Under that bill, which fell one vote short of a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, contractors would have been entirely prohibited from making political donations to federal candidates or parties.

“It was a ban and they are turning it into disclosure,” said Fred Wertheimer, the Founder and President of Democracy 21, a group that promotes greater donation disclosure. “It is becoming a condition of doing business with the government.”

White House officials did not immediately return a request for comment though a Democratic Hill aide confirmed that an executive order along these lines had been drafted.

Please read the entire post here

April 20, 2011 Posted by | Contractor Corruption, Contractor Oversight, Government Contractor | , , | Leave a comment

European instructors will teach Libyan rebels

Russia Today

European members of the NATO-led coalition bombing Libya are sending military instructors to the rebel capital, Benghazi.

The first nation to announce such a move was Britain. On Tuesday Foreign Secretary William Hague announced the deployment of experienced military officers to Libya. The official stressed that the troops will help improve the organization of the Libyan opposition, but will not train them in combat. He did not elaborate on how the two distinguish from each other.

On Wednesday France and Italy followed the UK’s lead, both announcing that they will send similar contingents to the war-torn North-African country.

French and Italian advisor teams will be no more than ten officers strong. Britain plans to send some two dozen, half of whom will be civilian contractors accountable to the group’s commander, a colonel.

Libya’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that the move will only delay the peace settlement in the country and the liberal reforms Triopli is pledging to implement.

Earlier in April the EU drafted the “EUFOR Libya” plan, providing for troops to be used to defend humanitarian aid convoys, prompting suspicions that Europe is planning an invasion under the guise of a relief effort.

Read more of this story here

April 20, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Libya, NATO | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Civilian Contractor Wounded in Afghan Suicide Attack

This is it so far, and we usually do not get this much information on Contractor Casualties

From Nashville Public Radio

The four were from all from the 101st Sustainment Brigade, so-called “Lifeliners.” A commander’s message on Facebook “to the Lifeliner Family” says one other soldier with the group died. He says eight more were wounded, along with a civilian contractor, four Afghan soldiers and an interpreter.

April 20, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties | , , , | Leave a comment

US oilman accused of bribing Jordan official to win contract

Lawsuit alleges Floridian wired millions to mystery man in Jordanian intelligence agency

by Penn Bullock at MSNBC.com  April 20, 2011

Harry Sargeant III, center, looks on as former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist greets Jordan's King Abdullah II in 2007.

A member of Jordan’s royal family is accusing an American oilman and former GOP fundraiser of bribing the Jordanian government to facilitate his fuel shipments through the country to U.S. forces in Iraq.

The allegation emerged in a civil lawsuit pitting the billionaire American businessman, Harry Sargeant III, against an ex-business partner, Mohammad al-Saleh, the brother-in-law of Jordan’s King Abdullah II.

Al-Saleh, the plaintiff in the case first reported by NBC News in May 2008, claims that he was cut out of a lucrative one-third share in Sargeant’s firm, the International Oil Trading Co., based in Boca Raton, Fla., and replaced by an ex-CIA official with deep contacts in the Jordanian government.

The crux of the bribery allegation involves a $9 million wire transfer from Sargeant’s firm, directed to a mysterious figure in Jordan’s intelligence agency identified in court documents only as “Pasha.”

Sargeant’s lawyers acknowledge that “Pasha” was “possibly” Gen. Mohammad Dahabi, then head of the General Intelligence Directorate (GID), Jordan’s intelligence agency. A source inside the Jordanian government confirmed that.

Kickback or legitimate payment?    Read more here


April 20, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Department of Defense, Follow the Money, Government Contractor, Iraq | , , , , | Leave a comment

British EOD Killed in Afghanistan

Udate Captain Lisa Head identified as EOD killed

British Forces News   April 20, 2011

The Ministry of Defence has announced that a British soldier has been killed in Afghanistan.

The soldier from 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps died on Tuesday 19th April 2011, after being deployed on an operation to clear Improvised Explosive Devices in the Nahr-e Saraj (South) District of Helmand Province.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel Tim Purbrick, said:

“The soldier was neutralising a complex set of Improvised Explosive Devices which had been sown in an alleyway between two compounds when one of the devices detonated. Immediate first aid was provided and a helicopter Medical Emergency Response Team recovered the casualty to the military hospital in Camp Bastion. Surgeons stabilised the patient sufficiently for a Critical Care Air Support Team to conduct a medical evacuation from Camp Bastion to the Queen Elizabeth NHS Hospital in Birmingham where, tragically, the individual died.”

The soldier’s family has been informed.

April 20, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Improvised Explosive Devices | , , , , | Leave a comment