Tag Archives: casualties

Pentagon probes Afghanistan occupation troop deaths as possible "friendly fire" incident

Source: The Hill

"The Defense Department is looking into whether two U.S. Army Rangers who died Wednesday may have been killed by friendly fire, according to a Pentagon spokesman. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters Friday that the deaths of Sgts. Joshua Rodgers, 22, of Bloomington, Ill., and Cameron Thomas, 23, of Kettering, Ohio, occurred during a raid on ISIS militants in Afghanistan. He said that 'some of the initial indications' suggest friendly fire is to blame for the casualties. Davis added that there is 'no indication' of any intentional attacks by Afghanistan soldiers on American troops." (04/28/17)


Afghanistan: Two US troops killed, one wounded

Source: Military Times

"Two American troops were killed and a third was wounded while battling Islamic State loyalists overnight in eastern Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Thursday, marking the latest in a series of violent developments as the Trump administration contemplates whether to escalate the 15-year war. The troops' identities were not immediately disclosed, pending family notifications. The wounded service member did not require medical evacuation, a U.S. military spokesman in Kabul, Navy Capt. William Salvin, told Military Times." (04/27/17)


Turkish forces attack Kurds in Iraq, Syria

Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

"Turkish warplanes have carried out airstrikes on Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) militants near Iraq's Sinjar mountains and in northeastern Syria, a statement from the military said on Tuesday. The statement said the strikes were aimed at preventing the outlawed group from sending weapons, explosives and fighters for attacks inside Turkey. … In Iraq, Kurdish sources said that six Iraqi-Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were killed by accident during a Turkish strike on a nearby PKK position. In a statement, Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region said the Turkish airstrikes on the peshmerga were 'unacceptable,' but that the apparent accident should be blamed on the PKK, whose affiliates were the target of the strikes." (04/25/17)


India: Maoist rebels kill 25 regime troops in ambush

Source: The Hindu [India]

"In one of the deadliest attacks on security forces, Maoists killed 25 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and injured seven in Sukma district of south Chhattisgarh on Monday. In retaliatory fire, 10 to 12 Maoists were shot dead. The attack took place when a team of around 100 men, belonging to the 74th battalion of the CRPF, based at the Burkapal camp on the Dornapal-Jagargunda road in south Sukma, was out to provide protection for road construction work in the area." (04/24/17)


Luhansk People's Republic: American paramedic killed by mine

Source: Reuters

"An American paramedic working for European security watchdog OSCE's monitoring mission in [the Luhansk People's Republic, which seceded in 2014 from] Ukraine was killed and two others were injured on Sunday when their vehicle struck a mine, triggering a U.S. call for a transparent, timely investigation. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said the killing was the first death of one of its members while on patrol in [the seceded state], where more than 700 international observers help report on a [Ukrainian invasion] that has deeply strained relations between Russia and the West. A 2015 ceasefire between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists in [areas seceded from the] country is regularly violated, and Washington cites the conflict as a key obstacle to improved relations between Russia and the United States." (04/23/17)


Egypt: Attack near monastery kills one, injures four

Source: Reuters

"An attack on security forces near Egypt's St Catherine's Monastery in south Sinai has killed at least one person and injured four, state television said on Tuesday. Security sources said it was carried out by gunmen on a police checkpoint several hundred meters from the church entrance. No group claimed responsibility. The attack comes just over a week after two bombings on Egyptian churches during Palm Sunday services, claimed by Islamic State, killed 45 people." (04/18/17)


Yemen: Twelve dead in downing of Saudi invasion force helicopter

Source: Daily Star [Lebanon]

"Twelve Saudi soldiers, including four officers, were killed on Tuesday when their helicopter went down in Yemen, the Arab coalition [invading Yemen] said in a statement. The Saudi Black Hawk 'fell during operations in the province of Marib' east of Sanaa, the coalition said in a statement carried by SPA state news agency, without clarifying the reason." (04/18/17)


Mali: Four regime troops killed in attack on army base

Source: Fox News

"A Malian army spokesman says armed men have attacked an army camp in the country's north, killing at least four soldiers and wounding another. Lt. Col. Diarran Kone on Tuesday would not give more details about the attack in Gourma-Rharous, about 160 kilometers (99 miles) south of Timbuktu. A local official said the assailants destroyed about six armed vehicles but left after failing to take control of the camp." (04/18/17)


Syria: 126 killed as bomb hits buses with evacuees, group says

Source: CNN

"The death toll from a bomb attack targeting evacuees leaving besieged Syrian towns has risen to 126, a monitoring group said Sunday. The blast hit a convoy of buses Saturday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which reported the higher death toll. The blast struck buses of people leaving their towns as part of a rebel-regime swap." (04/16/17)


Syria: US coalition mistakenly kills 18 allied rebels

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

"At least 18 members of the American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were killed in a US-led coalition air strike that mistakenly targeted them in Syria's Raqqa province. In a statement released on Thursday, US Central Command (CENTCOM) said 18 SDF fighters died in the air raid south of the city of Tabqa on April 11. The attack was believed to be hitting members of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS)." (04/13/17)