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UK hostage recovers after special forces rescue, one UK soldier killed

British soldier killed in Afghan rescue mission

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S.-led NATO force in Afghanistan says a British soldier has been killed during a successful mission to rescue an Afghan police officer kidnapped by militants.

The provincial government of southern Helmand province says the policeman was kidnapped Sunday evening from a police checkpoint in Payan village in Nahri Sarraj district.

The NATO coalition said Monday that British forces recovered the kidnapped policemen, but the insurgents managed to flee. Security forces seized one of their mobile phones, some documents and explosives.

The NATO statement did not provide any further details about the soldier, nor how he was killed. It says another British soldier was injured.

The Independent UK  June 4, 2012

A British aid worker held hostage in Afghanistan is recovering from her ordeal today after special forces swooped on a remote hide-out.

Helen Johnston, 28, was dramatically rescued yesterday in an early morning raid following her 12-day ordeal.

Prime Minister David Cameron later commended the soldiers who carried out the “extraordinarily brave, breath-taking” operation and returned her to safety.

In a strongly-worded statement issued outside 10 Downing Street, he also warned hostage-takers could

“expect a swift and brutal end”.

The rescue attempt was authorised amid increasing concerns for the safety of Ms Johnston and her colleagues from Medair, a humanitarian non-governmental organisation based near Lausanne, Switzerland.

The aid worker, Kenyan national Moragwe Oirere, 26, and two Afghan civilians were abducted by a group associated with the Taliban on May 22 as they visited relief project sites in Badakhshan province in the north-east of the country.

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June 4, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Humanitarian Assistance, NGO's, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Aid worker death ‘lessons learnt’

“I pay tribute to the courage of the US forces who risked their own lives to try and rescue Linda Norgrove.”

The Press Association March 14, 2011

The “appropriate tactical lessons” have been shared and learnt from the botched mission to rescue kidnapped aid worker Linda Norgrove from insurgents in Afghanistan, the Foreign Secretary has said.

William Hague also paid tribute to the US Special Forces who tried to free the 36-year-old, seized during an ambush in the Dewagal valley in Kunar province on September 26.

Last month, coroner David Ridley concluded that Ms Norgrove, from the Western Isles, was killed by a grenade thrown by a US soldier during the failed rescue mission but cleared him and his colleagues of any blame.

In a written ministerial statement, Mr Hague said he could now comment on Ms Norgrove’s death as the military report into her death had been published.

He said: “It is our long-standing policy not to comment on the tactics of British or our allies’ Special Forces but I am confident that appropriate tactical lessons have been shared and learnt

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March 14, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Casualties, Civilian Contractors, Safety and Security Issues, State Department, USAID | , , , , | Leave a comment

Adopt heroic working dogs from Iraq

Monday morning (3/14/2011) between 6 & 10 on “Morning Express with Robin Meade” you’ll meet two retired military contractor dogs. Ivy and Nugget. After their service sniffing out explosives in Iraq, these pups and 2 others (4 total) need homes.

The official press release from the group that brought Ivy and Nugget to the states is below… if you are interested in providing these heroes a place to retire keep reading:

SPCA International Announces U.S. Arrival of 7 Heroic Working Dogs from Iraq

In an emotional journey, several dogs that worked tirelessly as contractors in Iraq for the U.S. Military and Coalition Forces are arrived in America this week for adoption after their many years of service in Iraq. The dogs worked primarily in the ‘Green Zone’ where they sniffed out explosives in vehicles at checkpoints, in military bases and buildings, at the airport and in hotels where Americans stayed while on business in Baghdad. Some of the dogs worked in land mine detection as well.

“We are extremely happy to be able to give these wartime heroes a new life in loving, caring homes after all their years of service in Iraq,” said Terri Crisp of the SPCA International (www.spcai.org). “These animals played an important and noble role protecting civilians and military personnel in Iraq and they deserve a comfortable retirement filled with love.”

People interested in giving these wartime heroes an honorable retirement in a loving home can email SPCA International at answers@spcai.org to enter the screening process.

For more information, go to www.spcai.org.

March 12, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Improvised Explosive Devices | , , | Leave a comment