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Kevin O’Rourke, Retired NYPD, Civilian Contractor, Killed in Afghanistan Insider Attack

HERNANDO –October 3, 2012

A 52-year-old contractor from Citrus County was one of two people killed last weekend in Afghanistan.

According to Bay News 9’s partner newspaper the Citrus County Chronicle, Kevin O’Rourke, who lived in the town of Hernando, was in Afghanistan as a civilian contractor with NATO, working for Engility, a law enforcement professional firm based in Alexandria, Va.

A former New York City police officer, O’Rourke missed being in the World Trade Center by 20 minutes on September 11, 2001. He spent hours that day helping a friend trapped in the rubble.

Friends say after 9/11, O’Rourke saw “a great need to go to (Iraq and) Afghanistan and to help the younger generation understand what we went through in New York.”

New York Post  October 1, 2012

A retired NYPD sergeant working as a civilian contractor in Afghanistan was killed during an apparent “insider attack” by members of the Afghan military.

Kevin O’Rourke, 52, and an unidentified US soldier were slain Saturday in the clash with Afghan troops.

O’Rourke had been on the force for 20 years and worked as member of the NYPD’s elite Emergency Service Unit.

He was also one of the department’s scuba instructors, based at Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field.

O’Rourke, originally from Long Island, retired in 2003 and later moved to Florida.

The soldier was the 2,000 service member to die in the 11-year conflict.

Three Afghan troops were also killed in the shootout at a checkpoint in the eastern part of the country.,

October 1, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Defense Base Act, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

American Civilian Contractor killed, three wounded in Green on Blue

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while three other U.S. citizens and one Afghan were wounded, police spokesman Wali Mohammad said on Sunday.

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Two Americans and three Afghan soldiers died in a firefight that may have involved insurgent forces, the International Security Assistance Force said Sunday.

One of the U.S. deaths was a soldier; the other, a civilian, U.S. officials said.

NATO soldier, civilian contractor killed by Afghan soldier

A NATO soldier, a NATO civilian contractor and several Afghan soldiers were killed by an Afghan soldier on Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, the latest in growing number of the so-called “green-on-blue” insider attacks in the country, the NATO said Sunday.

“An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service member and an ISAF civilian contractor died following a suspected insider attack in eastern Afghanistan yesterday,” the NATO-led coalition or ISAF said in a statement.

“It is also known that there were Afghan National Army (ANA) casualties,” it said, adding “a joint ANA and ISAF assessment is underway.”

The brief statement did not disclose the nationalities of the victims and the exact place of the incident under ISAF policy.

Troops mainly from U.S. have been stationed within the 100,000 strong NATO-led ISAF forces in eastern Afghan provinces.

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September 30, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Afghan soldier wounds foreign contractors

Washington Post  September 17, 2012

KABUL — An Afghan soldier opened fire on six Lebanese civilian contractors

working for U.S.-led NATO forces in southern Afghanistan on Sunday night, causing minor injuries, coalition officials said Monday. The attack was the third by rogue Afghan security personnel during the weekend, when foreign six troops were killed.

The member of the Afghan National Army fired shots at six contractors riding in a vehicle near Camp Garmsir, a shared base in southern Helmand province, said Lt. Col. Hagen Messer, a coalition spokesman. Some of them were wounded, but Messer said he could not provide a specific number.

September 17, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Afghan police recruits to be rescreened; U.S. suspends training

The Afghan village militia will be vetted for insurgent ties, officials say. Training of 1,000 new recruits is on hold after the latest ‘insider’ attack.

The LA Times  September 2, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan — American special operations forces have suspended the training of new recruits to an Afghan village militia until the entire 16,000-member force can be rescreened for possible links to the insurgency, U.S. officials said Sunday.

The move is the latest repercussion from a series of “insider” shootings carried out by members of the Afghan police and army against Western troops. Forty-five NATO service members have been killed in such attacks this year, and the U.S. toll in August alone was 12 dead.

The re-vetting drive, first reported by the Washington Post, mainly affects a village militia known as the Afghan Local Police, or ALP, which is being trained by American special operations troops. U.S. special forces also mentor Afghan special forces and commando units, which underwent a rescreening last month, according to U.S. officials.

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September 3, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Safety and Security Issues | , , | Leave a comment

Soldier Was Killed by Afghan Security Employee Who Had Made Threats

NBC Southern California  August 23, 2012

Rudy Acosta was just weeks away from coming home to Santa Clarita from his deployment overseas when he and a group of unarmed soldiers were ambushed. Two soldiers died and three others were injured.

That’s according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by his parents in July.

Pfc. Acosta was 19 when he was killed in March 2011 inside a secure area of the Forward Operating Base Frontenac in Afghanistan.

The combat medic was shot to death on base by an Afghan national hired to protect the military – a man who had previously threatened to kill U.S. troops, according to the lawsuit filed by Dante and Carolyn Acosta in federal court.

“We lost our oldest son. We lost a bright, funny, charismatic 19-year old young man with a bright future. He wanted to be a surgeon,” Dante Acosta, Rudy’s father, said.

The Acostas are suing the private security company, Tundra Group, based in Canada, saying that the firm rehired Shir Ahmed after previously firing him for making the threats.

According to the lawsuit, Ahmed was hired in May 2010 and fired in July of the same year after making statements about killing U.S. personnel. Tundra recommended he not be rehired but the recommendation never entered his file and Ahmed was rehired in March 2011, the lawsuit claims.

The Acostas’ Los Angeles attorney, Stuart Fraenkel, said Ahmed was given body armor and a loaded AK-47 weapon.

The lawsuit states that Tundra entered into an agreement with the American government in November 2009 to “among other things, screen, evaluate and monitor private security guards at nine military installations, including FOB Frontenac. The agreement required Tundra perform ordinary and necessary safety precautions to protect the men and women, living, working and servicing at FOB Frontenac.”

“They have customs, practices, procedures, protocols in place to prevent this kind of a problem from happening and they didn’t follow them,” said Fraenkel, who is also representing three others injured in the attack

August 24, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Lawsuits, Private Security Contractor, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Increased Security for Civilian Contractors in Afghanistan

The increased security for contractors was put in place in recent months alongside efforts to increase security for coalition troops. Contractors and coalition troops alike have been increasingly targeted recently by uniformed Afghan soldiers and policemen, in so called “green-on-blue” attacks. Over the past two weeks, at least 10 U.S. troops have been killed in attacks by Afghan troops on their international colleagues.

Nathan Hodge  WSJ  August 21, 2012

The U.S. military has added previously undisclosed security measures for contractors in Afghanistan, amid a wave of insider attacks by Afghan soldiers and police and the continuing withdrawal of coalition troops.

A NATO document viewed by The Wall Street Journal outlines a number of extra precautions for contractors, including requiring personnel to travel in more heavily armored convoys with military-compatible communications, GPS trackers and specific weaponry.

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August 22, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , | 1 Comment

US Navy Corpsman Darrel Enos, killed in Afghanistan Green on Blue

CBS Denver  August 19, 2012

A Colorado Springs family is mourning the life of a loved one killed in action in Afghanistan.

Serviceman Darrel Enos died just before he was scheduled to return home. He was fatally shot by a man he was training.

Enos was a husband, father, twin brother and son to his mother Patricia Loren.

“Darrel was very proud to be serving his country always, always, but it’s such a needless loss,” Loren said.

Enos was killed by an Afghan he was working to train. He was in the Navy, working on a Marine battalion training Afghan police recruits. The official report states that one of those recruits turned his gun on his trainers, killing Enos. It was his fifth tour.

“I think that nobody should have to deploy that many times,” Loren said.

“I just hate that he’s gone. I never thought it would happen to Darrel,” brother Dale Enos said.

Enos’ family in Colorado Springs had high hopes of seeing him return home soon. He was heading back in just one week. Instead he died doing what he loved.

“Darrel always loved to help people. That’s what he thought he was doing over there,” Dale Enos said.

Stories like Enos’ are happening more and more in recent days in Afghanistan. His family just wants him remembered as the hero he was, killed in action.

Loren is headed to Delaware to meet his casket. He’ll be honored at Marine Corps Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and then later in Colorado Springs.

August 19, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Safety and Security Issues | , , , | Leave a comment

Afghanistan: Another Green on Blue Rogue Attack Kills 2 U.S. Service Members

KABUL, Afghanistan — Two American Special Forces members were shot to death on Friday by a new Afghan local police recruit they were training at a small outpost in western Afghanistan.

KABUL, Afghanistan  Associated Press at Huffington Post   August 17, 2012

Another Afghan policeman turned his weapon on American allies on Friday in the country’s west, killing two U.S. service members in the latest of a disturbing string of attacks by Afghan security forces on the international troops training them.

The killing — which local police said was by an Afghan recruited just five days earlier to a village defense force — is the sixth similar incident in two weeks.

The shooting happened in the far western province of Farah, said Jamie Graybeal, a spokesman for the international coalition force. The attacker was a member of the Afghan Local Police, a village defense force that is being trained by international forces, including U.S. special forces.

Graybeal says two American service members died before the Afghan attacker was shot and killed.

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August 17, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Safety and Security Issues | , , , | Leave a comment

6 US Troops Killed by Afghan Counterparts

 
U.S. and Afghan military officials say six American troops were killed Friday by Afghan government personnel.In the first incident Friday morning, officials said an Afghan police commander shot and killed three special operations Marines in the Sangin district of Helmand province. Afghan authorities say the commander invited the Marines to a meal at his checkpoint in southern Afghanistan and then fled the scene after opening fire.

A Taliban spokesman said the attacker joined the insurgency after the shootings.

In the second attack, officials said that Friday night, an Afghan civilian employee working at a NATO base not far from the earlier shooting turned a gun on NATO members, killing three American troops.

The latest shooting was the fourth time this week that international forces have been fired on by their Afghan counterparts.

August 11, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Safety and Security Issues | , , , | Leave a comment

Green on Blue Three US Soldiers killed early Friday

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Afghan officials told Reuters news agency that the three people killed were special forces members.

The official said they were shot while attending a meeting in the Sangin district late on Thursday.

Voice of America  August 10, 2012

A man wearing an Afghan army uniform has killed three U.S. service members in southwestern Afghanistan.

NATO says the solders were killed early Friday in the Sangin district in Helmand province.

The shooting is the latest in a series of killings and attacks in which foreign troops have been attacked by Afghan soldiers or insurgents disguised in their uniforms.

NATO troops killed an Afghan solider Thursday who tried to gun down coalition service members at a military base in eastern Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, NATO says two gunmen wearing Afghan National Army uniforms killed a coalition soldier.

So far this year, there have been at least 25 so-called “green-on-blue” attacks, a reference the color of uniforms.

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August 10, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Three Civilian Contractors, Police Trainers, killed in Green on Blue Herat Afghanistan Unknown Number Wounded

US identifies contractors killed in Afghanistan

The victims were Benjamin Monsivais, a former US Border Patrol and retired Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent; Joseph Perez, a retired US Customs and Border Protection port director; and retired British customs officer David Chamberlain, DHS said in a statement.

Dave Chamberlain was killed in western Afghanistan alongside two American colleagues by a gunman who turned his weapon against the US military coalition, sources have said.

Mr Chamberlain, who was in his 40s and from Westgate-on-Sea, was working for the Border Management Task Force, which trains and mentors former Afghan customs officers and border policemen, when he and his colleagues were killed on Sunday, a source said.

He said another American national had been taken to hospital with severe injuries and that an Afghan interpreter had also been injured during the shooting.

A British civilian contractor was one of three people shot dead on Sunday by a person wearing an Afghan national security force uniform.
An Afghan police officer shot and killed three American civilians on Sunday at the West Zone Police Training Center in Herat province, CNN reports.  Huff Post
Afghan in uniform kills three NATO contractors

(AFP)–1 hour ago

KABUL — Three foreign civilian contractors working for NATO as trainers were killed Sunday when a man in an Afghan security force uniform turned his weapon against them, NATO and Afghan officials said.

The shooter was killed in the incident in the west of the country, the International Security Assistance Force said in a statement, without giving further details or naming the nationalities of the victims.

An Afghan official who requested anonymity said he knew two Americans had been killed in the attack and they had been shot by an Afghan man in a police uniform in a military training centre near the Herat airport.

HERAT (Reuters) –  July 22, 2012

A gunman wearing an Afghan uniform turned his weapon against foreign trainers working for NATO in the western province of Herat on Sunday, killing three, in a grim 24 hours for the coalition which also saw five NATO soldiers killed.

The latest rogue shooting by an Afghan in a police or army uniform happened at a regional training center in the relatively peaceful western province near Afghanistan’s border with Iran, which is normally patrolled by Italian forces.

“An individual wearing an Afghan National Security Force uniform turned his weapon against ISAF contracted civilian employees in western Afghanistan today, killing three,” a spokesman for the NATO-led coalition said, adding that an unknown number of other people had been wounded.

July 22, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Afghan policeman kills three British soldiers

Reuters

An Afghan policeman shot dead three British soldiers at a checkpoint in southern Helmand province on Sunday, Afghan officials said, the latest in a chain of increasingly frequent rogue killings.

A fourth British soldier was also injured, provincial governor spokesman Daoud Ahmadi said of the attack, which could further erode trust between NATO and the Afghan forces they train before most foreign combat troops leave in 2014.

The soldiers were serving with an Afghan police advisory team and were killed after a meeting at the checkpoint at Nahr-e-Saraj in Helmand, Britain’s Defence Ministry said on Monday.

The assailant was injured and detained, a Defence Ministry spokesman said

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July 2, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Safety and Security Issues | , , | Leave a comment

One US Soldier Dead, Nine Wounded in Green on Blue Shooting

In its initial statement, the Pentagon said Lallier was killed when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire and grenades. It later issued another statement saying the incident was caused by individuals in Afghan police uniforms who turned their weapons against his unit.

Update by Associated Press at News Oberserver NC  June19, 2012

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A 20-year-old Army soldier stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina has died in Afghanistan after his unit was attacked by individuals in Afghan police uniforms.

The Defense Department said Tuesday that Pfc. Jarrod A. Lallier of Spokane, Wash., died from wounds suffered in the attack in Kandahar province in Afghanistan.

Boston.com  June 19, 2012

On Monday, individuals dressed in Afghan police uniforms turned their guns on their U.S. partners, leaving one American service member dead and nine other U.S. troops injured, U.S. officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the incident in Zhari district, which is still under investigation.

June 19, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Safety and Security Issues | , , , | 1 Comment

British servicemen killed by Afghan police in suspected ‘green on blue’ attack

The Independent  May 13, 2012

Two British servicemen have been shot dead by Afghan police in Helmand province in a suspected ‘green on blue’ attack, the Ministry of Defence said today.

The soldiers, one from the 1st Battalion Welsh guards and the other a Royal Air Force airman, were killed in the Lashkar Gah district yesterday.

Next of kin have been informed.

A spokesman from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) today claimed the attack was carried out by two individuals wearing Afghan national police force uniforms.

One of the attackers is thought to be still at large, and the other was killed when allied forces returned fire.

The two deceased soldiers were members of an advisory team providing security for a meeting with Afghan officials near Patrol Base Attal.

The incident would appear to be another in a series of so-called ‘green on blue’ attacks where Afghan security forces have attacked international allies.

May 13, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , | Leave a comment

NATO/American Soldier killed in another green on blue Friday 5-11

Afghan Soldier kills US Colleague

New York Times  May 11, 012

KABUL, Afghanistan — An attacker wearing an Afghan Army uniform opened fire on coalition soldiers in remote eastern Afghanistan on Friday, killing one NATO service member, the coalition said in a statement.

Afghan officials said the shooting took place in Kunar Province on the Pakistan border and that the attacker had escaped. Following NATO policy, the coalition statement did not disclose the nationality of the dead soldier

May 11, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Safety and Security Issues | , , | Leave a comment