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Japanese Journalist, War Correspondent, Killed in Syrian Violence

VOA  August 21, 2012

Japan’s Foreign Ministry says a Japanese journalist has died in Syria after being caught in gunfire while traveling with the rebel Free Syrian Army.

The ministry said Tuesday that 45-year-old Mika Yamamoto was shot in the northern city of Aleppo. She worked for the Tokyo-based Japan Press, where she previously covered wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Fighting continues across Syria, where opposition activists say the violence killed at least 140 people Monday. The Local Coordination Committees says more deadly violence hit Damascus, Homs and Daraa on Tuesday.

August 21, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Casualties, Journalists | , , , , | Leave a comment

US Navy SEAL Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick D. Feeks killed in Afghanistan Black Hawk Crash

Patrick D. Feeks one of 11 who died in Aug. 16 crash

August 20, 2012|By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun

A Navy SEAL from Edgewater was killed in last week’s Black Hawk helicopter crash in Afghanistan, defense officials said Monday.

Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick D. Feeks, 28, was one of seven Americans killed in the crash Thursday during a firefight with insurgents northeast of Kandahar, officials said. Four Afghans on the helicopter also were killed.

Feeks, who was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group One out of Coronado, Calif., was the eighth service member from Maryland to die this year, and the seventh killed in Afghanistan.

Feeks enlisted in the Navy in March 2006 and was assigned to SEAL Team Three in May 2008. He deployed to Afghanistan last December.

He deployed to Iraq in 2008 and 2010. His awards and decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Feeks leaves his parents, Thomas and Virginia, and his wife, Emily.

August 21, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan | , , , , , | 2 Comments

US Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Sean P Carson killed in Afghanistan Black Hawk Crash

Seattle Associated Press  August 20, 2012

 The Defense Department says a 32-year-old sailor from Des Moines was among seven Americans killed last week when a U.S. military helicopter crashed during a firefight with insurgents in a remote area of southern Afghanistan.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Petty Officer Technician 1st Class Sean P. Carson died Aug. 16 in the crash northeast of Kandahar.

He was assigned to an explosive ordnance disposal mobile unit in San Diego.

Navy officials say Carson enlisted in May 1999 and graduated from boot camp at recruit training command in Great Lakes, Ill. in August 1999.

His awards and decorations include the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Battle Efficiency Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

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US Navy EOD Sean P Carson killed in Afghanistan Black Hawk Crash

The Department of Defense has identified another San Diego-based service member killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan last week.

Sean P. Carson, 32, was assigned to an explosive ordnance disposal mobile unit in San Diego. Carson was an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Petty Officer, first class.

 

August 21, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Bomb Disposal, Explosive Ordnance Disposal | , , , | Leave a comment