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UK security guards ‘shot dead by Iraq captors’

Three British security guards were shot dead by their captors in Iraq about a year after being seized by an armed gang in 2007, an inquest has heard.

BBC NewsJune 21, 2011

Jason Creswell (l), Alec MacLachlan (c) and Jason Swindlehurst were captured in Iraq in May 2007

A coroner ruled Alec MacLachlan, 30, of Carmarthenshire, Jason Swindlehurst, 38, of Lancs, and Jason Creswell, 39, of Glasgow, were unlawfully killed.

They had been in Baghdad protecting IT consultant Peter Moore, who was also captured but later released.

Fellow guard Alan McMenemy was abducted too and is now believed to be dead.

The inquest in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, heard that on 29 May 2007, the four security guards, armed with automatic rifles and pistols, collected Mr Moore and another IT consultant, Peter Donkin, from their accommodation in Baghdad’s green zone.

They were escorted to the ministry of finance where the pair were installing a new IT system.

But that morning between 50 and 100 armed men dressed in police and military uniforms entered the building and took the four guards and Mr Moore hostage, the coroner’s court heard.

Det Ch Insp Mark Moles, who led the investigation into their deaths, said the militia pulled their weapons on the guards only at the “last second”.

“It gave them no chance to challenge them and sadly they were very quickly overpowered,” he said.

“Even as highly trained, ex-military close-protection officers, they could have taken no action to prevent their kidnap

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June 21, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Contractors Kidnapped, Iraq, Private Security Contractor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Insurgents Execute Two Afghan Civilian Contractors in Kandahar

Headquarters Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Feb. 28, 2011) – Insurgents removed two Afghan contractors from their automobiles and executed them on the spot in a rural region of Kandahar province’s Panjwai district Feb. 25.

Coalition forces in the area met with village elders in Panjwai shortly after hearing numerous shots fired Friday afternoon. Elders and children then told the coalition officials about the execution of the two truck drivers. Their vehicles were located later that day.

“They stopped the trucks with machine guns,” said one village elder, “and removed the men from their vehicles. And then they shot them in the head there beside the vehicles.”

February 28, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, ISAF, Safety and Security Issues | , , , | 1 Comment

Cheryl Beckett part of Medical Team executed in Afghanistan

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Associated Press

The family of Tennessee woman says she is one of 10 members of a medical team gunned down in Afghanistan. The family of 32-year-old Cheryl Beckett said in a statement Sunday that she was part of the team providing eye care and medical aid in northern Afghanistan. Beckett is the daughter of a Knoxville pastor. She had been in Afghanistan for six years and specialized in nutritional gardening and mother-child health.

People who knew her say she was a positive and caring person.

“We’re going to miss her a lot, and we’re gonna miss the way that she put smiles on senior citizens ‘ face… all the members of the church’s face,” says Marion Rhodes, a friend of Beckett’s.

Beckett was the Valedictorian of her high school and earned a biology degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.

August 8, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, NGO's | , , , | 6 Comments

Karen Woo, executed in Afghanistan

Tributes have been paid to a Stevenage doctor who was killed following an ambush by gunmen in Afghanistan.

Karen Woo, 36, a surgeon from Stevenage was killed in Afghanistan

Dr Karen Woo, 36, was one of 10 aid workers killed by insurgents while working for International Assistance Mission (IAM), a non profit-making Christian organisation. It is believed they were executed, while pleading for mercy returning to the capital Kabul after returning from a mission helping youngsters with eye problems.

A statement on the IAM website said: “This tragedy affects our ability to continue serving the Afghan people. We hope it will not stop our work that benefits more than a quarter of a million Afghans each year.”

As tributes poured in an unnamed quote in tribute to the Stevenage medic said: “She was a beautiful soul and had such a big heart. We will miss her in Kabul.”

Among posts on Facebook, her cousin Lorraine Nugent wrote: “My beautiful, brave, caring cousin Karen Woo has been killed delivering aid and medical care in Afghanistan. Why? She was there because she cared about others.’’

It is believed that Dr Woo was due to fly home to marry security contractor Mark Paddy Smith, a man she had met in Afghanistan, in a ceremony in Chelsea.

Her family have been too upset to comment on the tragedy. Her father Tehaun Woo, 67, an engineer, and mother Lynn, 66, a former nurse at Lister Hospital were believed to have been planning the register office wedding this week.

Reports suggest that Dr Woo and her colleagues, six Americans, a German doctor and two interpreters, were marched from their vehicles and shot on Friday. It is not known yet whether the atrocity was the work of the Taliban or the actions of robbers on what was thought to be a safe road back to the capital. Only one person, a Muslim in the convoy, is thought to have survived the attack. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Afghan death doctor ‘not preaching’

The family of a British doctor killed in Afghanistan have refuted claims that she was a Christian missionary.

Dr Karen Woo, 36, was among eight foreign aid workers executed by gunmen in an ambush in Kuran Wa Munjan district of Badakhshan province.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the shootings. A spokesman said the team was killed because they were “preaching Christianity” and “spying for the Americans”.

However, in a statement, Dr Woo’s family said: “Her motivation was purely humanitarian. She was a Humanist and had no religious or political agenda. She wanted the world to know there was more than a war going on in Afghanistan, that people were not getting their basic needs met. She wanted the ordinary people of Afghanistan, especially the women and children, to be able to receive healthcare.

“She undertook this trek as a medical doctor, accompanying medical supplies and to provide treatment to people who lived in an extremely remote region who had little to no healthcare available. Her commitment was to make whatever difference she could. She was a true hero. Whilst scared, she never let that prevent her from doing things she had to do.”

August 8, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, NGO's, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , | Leave a comment