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S. Lebanon deminers discover bodies of 5 Syrian army soldiers

The Daily Star April 18, 2012

BEIRUT: The corpses of five Syrian army soldiers buried during the 1982 Israeli invasion of south Lebanon have been discovered by a demining team, security sources told The Daily Star.

Members of the demining team MAX, whose work involves clearing areas of cluster bombs, discovered the bodies in a plot of land near the Jezzine-Kfar Houneh main road in south Lebanon.

The bodies, security sources said, were buried in 1982, during the second invasion of south Lebanon by the Jewish state.

The soldiers are believed to have split off from their contingent, which at the time had been stationed in the area, as a result of Israeli aerial raids.

The relevant authorities have been notified of the discovery.

April 20, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Demining, Explosive Remnants of War, Lebanon, Mine Clearance, Syria | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Americans Feared Dead in Afghan Helicopter Crash

Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Don C. Viray

Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Nicholas S. Johnson

Army Spc Chris Workman

Chris Workman was among four soldiers killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan Thursday. Workman’s parents received the devastating news from military personnel who came knocking on their door in Rupert early Friday morning, Workman’s godparents said.

“He had a heart of gold, that boy,” said Angelo Papapavlos of Pocatello, who was sitting in a barber’s chair when he got the call. “He respected us as godparents like he did his own parents. He would always keep in contact.”

Workman, 33, grew up in Rupert and lived in Boise a few years ago.

When Workman lived in Boise, he was an active member of Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church. The local Greek community was in mourning Friday

Army Spc Dean Shaffer

The family of recent Pekin high school graduate Dean Shaffer has been notified that he was killed Thursday night in a military helicopter crash in southwestern Afghanistan while serving in the U.S. Army, a close friend of Shaffer said Friday.

“I still wish it was somebody’s sick joke they posted on Facebook and that it would go away,” Jessica Robertson of Pekin said Friday shortly before she spoke to Shaffer’s mother.

She said the mother of Shaffer, 23, told her she was notified by the U.S. Department of Defense that Shaffer was killed in the crash.

“She heard it was a Black Hawk crash, and they’re supposed to call her tonight (with more information) when she gets home” from vacation, Robertson said.

VOA  April 20, 2012

U.S. officials said Friday the four people aboard an American Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in southwestern Afghanistan were likely Americans.

Military officials say all four people are believed to have died in the crash Thursday during bad weather.

Officials say the helicopter crashed in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold.

NATO coalition spokesman Lt. Commander James Williams told VOA it is “unlikely” that the helicopter was brought down by enemy fire, but said the cause of the crash is under investigation.

April 20, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment