Tag Archives: casualties

Afghanistan: Kabul hotel siege leaves six civilians, five gunmen dead; Taliban claims responsibility

Source: ABC News

“At least six civilians and five gunmen are dead following an 11-hour siege Saturday of the Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul, according to the country’s interior ministry. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. The terror group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the insurgents initially planned to attack the hotel Thursday night but postponed the assault because there was a wedding underway and they wanted to avoid civilian casualties. Ministry spokesman Najib Danish told ABC News that six people were also injured: three police officers and three civilians.” [editor’s note: Is a group that goes out of its way to “avoid civilian casualties” a “terror group?” The possibility of killing wedding attendees doesn’t seem to give US drone terrorists pause – TLK] (01/21/18)


Syria: Explosion and air strikes in rebel-held Idlib “kill 40”

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“At least 40 people have reportedly been killed in an explosion and a series of air strikes across the rebel-held north Syrian province of Idlib. The blast, on Sunday night outside the headquarters of the Islamist rebel faction Ajnad al-Qawqaz in the city of Idlib, left 25 people dead. The cause was not clear but many believed a car bomb was responsible. Activists say another 15 people were killed in Syrian government and Russian air strikes elsewhere on Sunday.” (01/08/18)


Afghanistan: Kabul protest hit by deadly bomb attack

Source: Guardian [UK]

“A suicide attacker blew himself up near a crowd of police and protesters in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 11 people and wounding 25 others, in the latest deadly violence to bring carnage to the Afghan capital. … A security source who spoke to AFP on the condition of anonymity said 20 people had been killed and 20 wounded in the attack, but the higher death toll could not be immediately confirmed. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which happened during a protest following the death of a shopkeeper during a police operation targeting alcohol and bootleggers, an unnamed official said.” (01/04/18)


Egypt: Islamic State declares war on rival Hamas with video execution

Source: Washington Post

“The extremist Islamic State group’s branch in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has taken a simmering dispute with the Palestinian Hamas group based in nearby Gaza to new levels, releasing a 22-minute video in which it calls on its followers to attack the group and shows the execution of a man it said was a collaborator. Analysts say the escalation has the potential to destabilize an already fragile security situation in Gaza, the Palestinian enclave that Hamas has controlled for the past decade. … The confrontation between the two militant groups has been building for more than a year, as Hamas has cracked down on Islamic State supporters in Gaza and hardened its border with the Sinai region in an attempt to repair relations with Egypt.” (01/04/18)


Pentagon identifies Afghanistan occupation troop killed in likely Islamic State firefight

Source: CBS News

“The U.S. military has identified an American soldier killed fighting likely ISIS militants on New Year’s Day in eastern Afghanistan. In a statement released Wednesday, the Pentagon said Sgt. 1st Class Mihail Golin, 34, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, was killed, ‘after being engaged by enemy small arms fire while on a dismounted patrol.’ Golin was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), based at Fort Carson, Colorado, the statement said. … The United States formally concluded its combat mission in Afghanistan at the end of 2014 but still carries out operations against the Taliban and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) affiliate, known as ISIS Khorasan.” [editor’s note: In other words, “formally concluded” means “lied about concluding” – TLK] (01/03/18)


Afghanistan: Explosives-rigged rickshaw blast kills 17 at funeral

Source: Japan Times [Japan]

“A bombing targeted the funeral of a local official in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least 17 people, officials said. Noor Ahmad Habibi, deputy spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said a rickshaw rigged with explosives went off among people gathered in the provincial capital, Jalalabad, to mourn a former district chief. He said around 13 other people were wounded. Habibi said initial reports were that a suicide bomber was behind the attack, but that authorities now believe it was a remotely detonated explosion.” (12/31/17)


2017 review: Yemen

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Kyle Anzalone

“On the night of Trump’s inauguration, he approved a raid on al-Qaeda in a village in central Yemen. Two Americans were killed in the raid: Chief Petty Officer Ryan Williams and 8-year-old Nawar Anwar al-Awlaki. Nawar was hit in the neck with a bullet and died in her grandmother’s arms. … Another early move for Trump was to reinstate precision-guided munition sales to Saudi Arabia. Late in Obama’s Presidency, Obama blocked a sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia as a punishment for Saudi massacring over 150 people at a Yemeni funeral. Other than those small changes Trump’s policy on Yemen has been the same as Obama’s: provide the Saudi’s with the military support and diplomatic cover needed to enforce Saudi’s will over the people of Yemen or to kill them all.” (12/29/17)


Afghanistan: Dozens killed as blasts rock Kabul

Source: CNN

“At least 40 people were killed Thursday in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, according to authorities. Another 30 people were injured in the attack, Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told CNN. The attack happened around 10:30 a.m. local time (12.30 a.m ET) and targeted a cultural center in Police District 6 in Kabul. The initial suicide blast was followed by two more explosions, Rahimi said. The following explosions did not produce any injuries, the spokesman said. The Taliban denied responsibility for the attack in a statement to the media released by the group’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mojahid.” (12/28/17)


Kashmir: Casualties on both sides in cross-border fire

Source: Al-Jazeera [Qatar]

“Pakistan’s army says three of its soldiers have been killed by Indian fire across the de facto border between the two countries in the disputed region of Kashmir. The troops were killed on Monday in the Rakhchikri area of Pakistani-administered Kashmir, the military said in a brief statement. One Pakistani soldier was also wounded. The incident came after India said four of its soldiers had been killed by Pakistani fire in the Rajouri area of Indian-administered Kashmir on Saturday.” (12/26/17)


Afghanistan: Islamic State claims Kabul blast

Source: Reuters

“Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on Monday on a compound of Afghanistan’s national intelligence agency in Kabul, which killed at least five people and wounded two. The blast comes a week after the group claimed responsibility for an attack on a training facility of the same agency, the National Directorate for Security, in Kabul that ended when the attackers were killed before causing significant casualties.” (12/25/17)