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U.S. engineer’s remains found in Afghanistan

Kidnapped Army Corps worker killed in Afghanistan

Channel 13 WVEC Washington DC  September 7, 2011 8:00 pm

A man who worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers in Norfolk was killed in Afghanistan.

James W. Coker, 59, of Mount Pleasant, S.C., was pronounced dead Sept. 5 in Kabul, Afghanistan, while on temporary assignment with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Coker worked for Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic in Norfolk.

The circumstances surrounding Coker’s death are under investigation.

According to the Associated Press, Coker was a civilian working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers when he was kidnapped from his Afghanistan power plant and strangled to death.

Carrie Hughes, Coker’s daughter, told The Associated Press that military officers came to her house near Charleston, South Carolina on Monday to inform her that her father had been killed.

It was not known who killed the Coker or under what circumstances he was abducted. Also Tuesday, the bodies of two Germans who had apparently been murdered were retrieved from a remote location. Neither area is known to be a hotbed of militant activity.

CBS News  September 6, 2007

An Afghan military official tells CBS News that the body of a U.S. national was found beheaded on Monday in eastern Kabul, days after a civilian engineer went missing in the capital city.

Intelligence sources in Afghanistan told the Reuters news agency the body was that of the missing American civilian, and the international military coalition confirmed that a U.S. engineer had been killed.

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The slain engineer was identified as James W. “Will” Coker by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, for which he worked in Kabul as a construction contractor.

Kidnappings and targeted killings of foreigners are common in Afghanistan, but less so in the sprawling capital city, which has seen less impact from the Taliban- and al Qaeda-led insurgency plaguing many parts of the nation.

Coker was reported missing on Monday, but sources tell CBS News he actually disappeared on Sept. 2

September 6, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Contractors Kidnapped, Contractors Missing, USACE | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Filaret Motco, Romanian National, Beheaded in UN assault

ACT Media Romania April 4, 2011

Romanian national who was beheaded in a bloody assault on Friday of a UN regional office in Mazar-I-Sharif, northern Afghanistan, was a UN international functionary. The Romanian had been working in Afghanistan for nearly two years, and had no diplomatic career in Romania. The Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry on Saturday confirmed that Filaret Motco was among the victims of the Mazar-i-Sharif incident.

Filaret Motco was working within the Political Affairs Department of the UN office in Mazar-i-Sharif. He had also participated in UN operations in Kandahar, Tajikistan, the North Caucasus, Chechnya, Kyrgyzstan and in several other operations led by international organizations, said the source.
Seven UN staff members and five Afghan protesters were killed in the attack. Demonstrators were protesting the burning of a Koran by a pastor in the United States.
Out of the nearly 2,000 personnel of the UN Mission in Afghanistan, nearly 80 percent are Afghan nationals, and the remaining are foreigners, some 20-30 percent of whom are Romanians, most of them employed as security guards. Their employment contracts are not intermediated by the Romanian state, but by specialist private companies. Information with the Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) as of Friday evening indicates that six victims would have died in an explosion at the UN office. Read the entire article here

Filaret Motco was born in 1967 in Romania. As a young man he attended a military academy, before attending graduate programmes in international relations in Moscow and law in Bucharest.

Filaret’s quest for a life working in the realm of foreign policy led him to a series of jobs, first with Romania’s army then with Romania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then with the OSCE in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and finally with UNAMA in Afghanistan. Filaret joined the United Nations in Afghanistan in 2006, serving as a governance officer in Kandahar. In 2008, he rejoined UNAMA as a political affairs officer.

Filaret struck those who knew him as energetic and kind. Colleagues describe a sharp thinker with a bubbly and friendly personality who got along with everyone. Filaret is survived by his mother.

April 4, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Safety and Security Issues, United Nations | , , , , , | Leave a comment