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D.R. CONGO: Graduation day for two new MAG-FARDC demining teams

Sixteen members of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Armed Forces will carry out important clearance work to make the DRC a safer country after being trained by MAG.

ALERTNET  July 12, 2011

The FARDC (Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo) personnel make up two Manual Clearance Teams, formed with the support of the UK Department for International Development under MAG’s new “Linking Mine Action and Development” project in DRC.

Having completed the basic deminers course in accordance with International Mine Action Standards, the teams will now apply their theoretical and practical knowledge to contribute to the national humanitarian demining clearance operations. This will be done under supervision from the MAG Technical Field Managers who conducted their month-long training.

One team will deploy to Dimbelenge territory in Kasai Occidental province, to conduct technical survey and clearance work of high-priority Suspected Hazardous Areas, while the other will deploy to Bas Congo province, carrying out the equally high-priority clearance of the Lindu minefield

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July 12, 2011 Posted by | Africa, Demining, Explosive Remnants of War, Landmines, Mine Clearance | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Families of soldiers killed by interpreter in Afghanistan accuse US contractor of negligence

WASHINGTON -Associated Press at Canadian Press  July 12, 2011

In the rush to send more interpreters to work alongside American troops in Afghanistan, a U.S. defence contractor called Mission Essential Personnel hired Nasir Ahmad Ahmadi, a slightly built and emotionally troubled 23-year-old. Just a few months after Ahmadi arrived at an Army Special Forces base near Kabul, he was ordered to pack his bags and leave. The soldiers were alarmed by his strange behaviour, his inability to do the job and the foul condition of his living quarters. They suspected he used drugs.

Instead of getting ready for the next flight out, Ahmadi grabbed an AK-47 assault rifle from another interpreter’s room on the base and started shooting. He killed Specialist Marc Decoteau, a 19-year-old just a few weeks into his first tour of duty, and Capt. David Johnpaul Thompson, 39, a veteran soldier and the father of two young girls. At close range, Ahmadi shot Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Russell, 37, hitting him in the legs. Russell survived. All three soldiers were unarmed.

An alert Army sergeant ended the rampage at Firebase Nunez when he drew his pistol and killed Ahmadi, a native of Afghanistan who had immigrated to the United States in 2009.

On Monday, nearly 18 months after the shootings in January 2010, Russell and the families of Decoteau and Thompson filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court in North Carolina that accuses Mission Essential Personnel of negligence and breach of contract.

It said the company failed to look into Ahmadi’s background and did not properly test him to ensure he was psychologically sound before giving him a job.

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July 12, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Interpreters, Mission Essential Personnel, Private Military Contractors, Safety and Security Issues, Vetting Employees | , , , , | Leave a comment

Afghan president’s half brother killed in south

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — President Hamid Karzai’s half brother, the most powerful man in southern Afghanistan and a lightning rod for criticism of corruption in the government, was assassinated Tuesday by a close associate. His death leaves a dangerous power vacuum in the south just as the government has begun peace talks with insurgents ahead of a U.S. withdrawal.

Ahmed Wali Karzai, the head of the Kandahar provincial council, was shot to death while receiving guests at his home in Kandahar, the capital of the province that was the birthplace of the Taliban movement and was the site of a recent U.S.-led offensive.

Tooryalai Wesa, the provincial governor of Kandahar, identified the assassin as Sardar Mohammad and said he was a close, “trustworthy” person who had gone to Wali Karzai’s house to get him to sign some papers.

As Wali Karzai was signing the papers, the assassin “took out a pistol and shot him with two bullets — one in the forehead and one in the chest,” Wesa said. “Another patriot to the Afghan nation was martyred by the enemies of Afghanistan.”

Wali Karzai, who was in his 50s and had survived several previous assassination attempts, was seen by many as a political liability for the Karzai government after a series of allegations, including that he was on the CIA payroll and involved in drug trafficking. He denied the charges. The president repeatedly challenged his accusers to show him evidence of his sibling’s wrongdoing, but said nobody ever could.

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July 12, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, CIA, Civilian Casualties, Contractor Corruption, Private Security Contractor | , , , | Leave a comment

Families sue military contractor Mission Essential Personnel over soldier deaths in Afghanistan

Fay Observer    July 12, 2011

The families of two Fort Bragg soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan last year by a disgruntled interpreter have filed a lawsuit against the military contractor for whom the man worked.

Capt. David J. Thompson and Spc. Marc P. Decoteau were killed Jan. 29, 2010, after Nasir Ahmad Ahmadi opened fire inside Camp Nunez with an AK-47 assault rifle. The camp was in Wardak province.

A third soldier, Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Russell, was injured in the attack.

Ahmadi had worked as an interpreter at the base for Special Forces soldiers.

According to the complaint, Ahmadi opened fire on soldiers in the base after being told he would be reassigned to another base.

Russell and the estates of Decoteau and Thompson filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court against Mission Essential Personnel LLC. The complaint alleges that Mission Essential Personnel “failed to properly vet, prepare, place and manage (Ahmadi).”

In response to the lawsuit, Mission Essential Personnel released a statement calling the incident that led to Thompson’s and Decoteau’s deaths “shocking and tragic” and offered the families their deepest condolences.

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July 12, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Government Contractor, Interpreters, Legal Jurisdictions, Mission Essential Personnel, Private Military Contractors | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

AECOM NSP JV Selected on $9.7 Billion Translation and Interpretation Contract

Business Wire  July 12, 2011

DynCorp International (DI) and AECOM today announced that Global Linguist Solutions (GLS), a joint venture between DI and AECOM’s NSP unit, has been selected as one of six providers that will compete for task orders on the $9.7 billion Defense Language Interpretation Translation Enterprise (DLITE) contract.

Awarded by the Department of the Army on July 1, 2011, the multiple award Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) hybrid contract provides translation and interpretation services for personnel, equipment, supplies, facilities, transportation, tools, materials, supervision and other items and any other non-personal services necessary to perform language interpretation and translation services for Force Projection Operations mission area only.

GLS has been providing translation and interpretation services to the U.S. Army in Iraq and other areas in the Gulf Region since 2008. The DLITE contract will cover translation services worldwide.

July 12, 2011 Posted by | Contracts Awarded, DynCorp | , , , , , | Leave a comment