Saturday, December 1, 2007

Finland military fatalities since 2002

This is the full list of Finland's military fatalities since 2002

Date Name Rank Age Unit Cause
15-Feb-11 Kansonen, Jukka Lieutenant 35 Finnish Navy IED attack
23-May-07 Immonen, Petri Tapio Sergeant 29 Finnish Border Guard IED attack

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Portuguese soldier, Private Sergio Pedrosa

Private Sergio Pedrosa died while serving in Afghanistan on 24th November 2007.

The Portuguese soldier was involved in a traffic accident involving a Portuguese Army tank.

Private Pedrosa served with the Portuguese 10th Infantry.

Australian commando Luke Worsley killed in action

It is with great sadness that the Department of Defence announces the death of Australian Commando, Private Luke Worsley, serving with Special Operations Task Group in Uruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, 23 November 2007.

Private Worsley, 26 years of age from Sydney, was killed by small arms fire while participating in a planned and deliberate attack by our forces against Taliban leaders and their supporters in Uruzgan Province.

Luke Worsley
 Read Australian Department of Defence press release

Italian Army CWO Daniele Paladini

CWO Paladini
Italian Army Chief Warrant Officer Daniele Paladini, aged 35, died on 24th November 2007 from wounds suffered in a suicide attack against NATO-led troops in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, in which at least six civilians were also killed.

CWO Paladini was severely injured together with thee other Italian soldiers when a bomber who had strapped explosives around his body detonated himself near the troops' convoy in Kabul's western Paghman district.

Despite emergency medical treatment, CWO Paladini could not be saved.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Dutch Corporal Ronald Groen

Dutch Corporal Ronald Groen, aged 21, was killed on 3rd November 2007 when his armoured reconnaissance vehicle hit a roadside bomb.

The incident happened about 5km northwest of Poentjak patrol post in Afghanistan. Two Dutch soldiers were injured by the blast.

Cpl. Groen served with 43 Mechanised Reconnaissance.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Australian SAS Sergeant, Matthew Locke, killed in action

Sgt Matthew Locke, SAS
Sergeant Matthew Locke, MG serving with Special Air Service Regiment in Uruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan was killed in actionon Thursday, 25 October 2007
Sergeant Locke was on a patrol when fatally wounded by small arms fire from Taliban extremists.
He was involved in Operation Spin Ghar, which directly supported an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Afghan National Security Forces operation to target and clear Taliban extremists from the area around Tarin Kot, in Uruzgan province.

Continue to Australian Department of Defence release

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Australian trooper killed by IED

Trooper, David Pearce
Trooper David Pearce, serving with Reconstruction Task Force in Uruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan, was killed by an IED on Monday, 8 October 2007.

Trooper Pearce, 41 was posted to the Brisbane-based 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment in October 2006. He was serving with the Reconstruction Task Force when he died.

Trooper Pearce was born in Liverpool, New South Wales, and enlisted in the Australian Army Reserve in 2002. Following a period of Reserve service he transferred to the Australian Regular Army in July 2006.

Trooper Pearce had previous operational experience having deployed to the Solomon Islands with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Queensland Regiment in 2005-2006.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Two Spanish soldiers killed

German Burgos
Stanley Vera
Two Spanish soldiers have been killed and three more seriously injured in an attack on a Spanish patrol near Shewan on 24th September 2007.

The soldiers were travelling in an armour-plated BMR vehicle which is reported to have run over a mine.

Minister for Defence, José Antonio Alonso, named the dead as Germán Pérez Burgos, a married man from Alange, Badajoz, and Stanley Vera, born in Guayaquil in Ecuador.

Friday, September 21, 2007

French Alpine soldier, Lauren Pican, killed by suicide bomber

Laurent Pican, was a warrant officer of the 13th Battalion of Alpine Hunters of Chambéry in Savoy, a French army unit engaged in ISAF.

The convoy he was in, west of Kabul, on 21 September 2007, was targeted by a suicide bomber at the wheel of a booby-trapped car. Six civil Afghan was wounded at the time of the same attack.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Dutch Army Private Tim Hoogland

Dutch Army Private Tim Hoogland, aged 20, was killed in a gun battle with Taliban insurgents on 20th September 2007 in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan.

The battle raged for some hours until reinforcements arrived.

Pvt. Hoogland served with the 13th Infantry Airmobile.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Dutch Army Sergeant Martijn Rosier

Dutch Army Sergeant 1st Class, Martijn Rosier, 30, was killed in action on 26th August 2007 during a foot patrol at night in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan.

His unit had responded to an earlier bomb attack on a Dutch armoured vehicle.

Another Dutch soldier was injured in the same incident.

Sfc. Rosier served with the 111th Mechanised Engineers.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

French brigadier, Stephane Rieu dies in accident

A French Brigadier, Stephane Rieu, serving with 1 Parachute Hussars was killed in a traffic accident while on patrol in Shakar-Darreh district. He died 23 August 2007.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Polish Army officer, 2nd Lt. Lukasz Kurowski

2nd Lt. Lukasz Kurowski
Polish Army officer, 2nd Lieutenant Lukasz Kurowski, was fatally wounded 14th August 2007, during an attack on a convoy by Taleban insurgents, about 20km from the city of Gardez. He died on his way to a military field hospital.

Aged 28, he served as the commander of a tank platoon in the 10th Armored Cavalry Brigade based in Swietoszow, Poland. Kurowski had enlisted in the service in 2003, and had been serving in Afghanistan with an advisory group based in Gardez since September 2006. He was married.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Two Korean Aid workers executed

Two South Korean aid workers have been executed.

The 2007 South Korean hostage crisis in Afghanistan began on July 19, 2007, when 23 South Korean missionaries were captured and held hostage by members of the Taliban while passing through Ghazni Province of Afghanistan. Two male hostages were executed before the deal was reached between the Taliban and the South Korean government. The group, composed of sixteen women and seven men, was captured while traveling from Kandahar to Kabul by bus on a mission sponsored by the Saemmul Presbyterian Church.

The crisis began when two local men, who the driver had allowed to board, started shooting to bring the bus to a halt. Over the next month, the hostages were kept in cellars and farmhouses and regularly moved in groups of three to four.

Of the 23 hostages captured, two men, Bae Hyeong-gyu, a 42-year-old South Korean pastor of Saemmul Church, and Shim Seong-min, a 29-year-old South Korean man, were executed on July 25 and July 30, respectively. Later, with negotiations making progress, two women, Kim Gyeong-ja and Kim Ji-na, were released on August 13 and the remaining 19 hostages on August 29 and August 30.

L: Bae Hyeong-gyu. C: Korean Hostage group. R: Shim Seong-min
The release of the hostages was secured with a South Korean promise to withdraw its 200 troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2007. Although the South Korean government offered no statement, a Taliban spokesman claimed that the militant group also received some US$20 million in exchange for the safety of the captured missionaries.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

French para, Pascal Correia, killed in RPG attack

On the night of July 24-25, 2007 Pascal Correia was supporting the Afghan National Army in Wardak province. He was fatally wounded when struck by shrapnel from rockets fired by insurgents.

Born on May 9, 1967 in Haute-Saone, Pascal entered the French Military, joining the 1st Parachute Regiment in December 1985 when he was 18 years old.

He made Master Corporal in 1986 and Sergeant the following year.

Pascal Correia

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Norwegian officer, Lt. Tor Arne Lau-Henriksen

Lt. Tor Arne Lau-Henriksen
Norwegian officer, Lieutenant Tor Arne Lau-Henriksen, aged 33, was killed in action on 23rd July 2007.

He joined Hærens Jegerkommando (Army Ranger Commando) before he went to Afghanistan. During a mission there, Lau-Henriksen was killed by insurgents. 

He and other Norwegian soldiers were on a reconnaissance mission together with soldiers from the Afghan National Army, when they were attacked by Taliban members dressed as civilians. 

Lau-Henriksen was shot in the chest and became the first soldier from Hærens Jegerkommando to be KIA in Afghanistan. He was posthumously awarded the Military Cross.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

German engineer, Ruediger Diedrich

Name: Ruediger Diedrich
Age: 43
Nationality: German
Location: Wardak province, Afghanistan
Date: 21 July 2007
Cause: Kidnapped by Taliban and murdered

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Dutch Army Lieutenant Tom Krist

Dutch Army officer, Lieutenant Tom Krist, aged 24, died 10th July 2007 from serious head injuries received from the blast of a suicide bomber days earlier in Afghanistan. 

Lt. Krist had been evacuated first to a military field hospital in Afghanistan, and then to a hospital in Utrecht, where he sadly died.
Lt. Krist served with the 42nd Infantry Battalion.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Two Estonian soldiers killed in missile attack

Two Estonian soldiers were killed in a missile attack in Afghanistan on June 23 - the nation's first casualties in the NATO-led mission.

The two men, members of the Estonian mine clearance team, were attacked with a 107 mm missile during their lunch break in the Sangin Valley in the Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan.

Sgt. Kalle Torn, 24, the assistant commander of the ordnance disposal team, and Jn. Sgt. Jako Karuks, 33, the driver of the team, were named as the deceased. 

Sgt. Kalle Torn
Sgt. Jako Karuks
Four other soldiers sustained injuries in the same attack and remain in medical care at Camp Bastion.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Dutch Army Sgt. Major Jos Leunissen

Dutch Army Sergeant-Major Jos Leunissen, aged 44, was killed in action on 18th June 2007 in a fierce gun battle with Taliban insurgents. The battle took place near the town of Chora in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan.

Sgt. Major Leunissen served with the elite 11th Airmobile Brigade.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Dutch Army Pfc. Timo Smeehuijzen

Dutch Army Private 1st Class, Timo Smeehuijzen was killed on 15th June 2007 while on patrol in the city of Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan province.
The soldier died from the blast of a car bomb that detonated beside him. Five Afghan children also died in the incident.

Pfc. Smeehuijzen, aged 20, was serving with the 42nd Infantry Battalion.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Reporter, Ajmal Naqshbandi

Ajmal Naqshbandi
The Taleban killed Afghan reporter, Ajmal Naqshbandi, who was abducted in May with an Italian journalist, on 4th June 2007. 

The group said it had killed Ajmal Naqshbandi because the government had refused to meet its demands to release senior figures from prison. 

Italian reporter Daniele Mastrogiacomo was released after five Taleban members were freed in exchange. The driver, Sayed Agha, was beheaded last month.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Accident kills Spanish soldier

Sgt. Juan Sanchez
Sergeant Juan Antonio Abril Sánchez (31), a married man from Zaragoza, died while on patrol in Qades on 26 May 2007, when the VAMTAC all-terrain vehicle in which he was travelling, overturned accidentally.

Two other soldiers were slightly injured while a fourth escaped unhurt.

The accident occurred at 12.40pm (local time) in the Qades district of Bagdhis province, around 25km north of the Spanish provincial construction team base (PRT) in Qala i Naw.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Finnish soldier, Sgt Petri Immonen, killed by roadside bomb

Finnish Border Guard, Sergeant Petri Tapio Immonen, 29,was killed 23rd May 2007 when a roadside bomb detonated near a patrol escorting members of Provincial Reconstruction Team Maymaneh in northern Afghanistan.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

German Army Sergeant Michael Diebel

German Army Sergeant Michael Diebel, age 28, was one of three German military personnel killed on 19th May 2007 in Kunduz, Afghanistan from the blast of a suicide bomber.

Sgt. Diebel was attached to the Army Supply Depot in Darmstadt.

German Sergeant Michael Neumann

German Sergeant Michael Neumann, age 48, was one of three German military personnel killed on 19th May 2007 in Kunduz, Afghanistan from the blast of a suicide bomber.

Sgt. Neumann was attached to the Marine Arsenal in Kiel.

German Captain Matthias Standfuss

German Army Captain Matthias Standfuss, age 31, was one of three German military personnel killed on 19th May 2007 in Kunduz, Afghanistan from the blast of a suicide bomber.

Capt. Standfuss was attached to the Defence Ministry in Bonn.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Czech soldier, Staff Sgt. Nikolaj Martynov

Staff Sergeant Nikolaj Martynov, 28, was involved in a vehicle accident south east of Fajzabad. After initial treatment he was evacuated to the military hospital in Prague, where he lost his fight on 3rd May 2007.

Four other soldiers were slightly injured when the four vehicle patrol from the 43rd Airborne Mechanized BN, 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade, were involved in a landslide due to torrential rain.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Dutch Paratrooper, Corporal Cor Strik

Dutch Paratrooper, Corporal Cor Strik was killed in Helmand province on 20th April 2007 after stepping on a land mine while on a routine foot patrol.

Cpl. Strik, aged 21, was serving with the elite 11th Airmobile Brigade.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Italian intelligence agent, Lorenzo D'Auria

WO D'Auria
Italian intelligence agent, Warrant Officer Lorenzo D'Auria, aged 33, who was critically injured in Afghanistan during a commando raid which freed him from kidnappers, died on 10th April 2007.

WO D'Auria suffered severe injuries to the head and neck during a raid by British and Italian special forces on 24th September last year. It remains unclear whether he was shot by his captors or in friendly fire.

D'Auria, who was rushed back to Italy, was put on a life support system at Rome's Celio military hospital. Sadly he died from his injuries.

The SISMI intelligence agent, along with a fellow agent and their Afghan
interpreter, was taken hostage on 23rd September by bandits believed to be linked to the Taliban.
The second agent and the interpreter were also injured in the rescue mission but their wounds were not life-threatening. All eight of the kidnappers were killed in the raid as was the agents' Afghan driver, while the NATO forces suffered no casualties.

Friday, April 6, 2007

Dutch Army Sergeant Robert Donkers

Dutch Army Sergeant 1st Class Robert Donkers, aged 33, was killed on 6th April 2007 in a tragic accident near Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan.

The patrol vehicle he was in left the road and ended up in a river bed trapping Sgt. Donkers.

Amazingly, he was still alive when rescuers pulled him out. Sadly he died later at a military hospital in Afghanistan.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

British Commandos killed 2006-2007

During 2006 and 2007 the British Commando units suffered a total of 12 fatalities as follows:

4 - 29 Commando Royal Artillery
4 - 42 Commando Royal Marines
4 - 45 Commando Royal Marines

08 Mar 2007 - Michael Smith, 29 Commando Royal Artillery
After almost 22 years of military service, WO2 Michael 'Mick' Smith, aged 39, died from injuries sustained when a grenade was fired at the UK base in Sangin, Helmand Province.

06 Mar 2007 - Benjamin Reddy, 42 Commando Royal Marines
Marine Reddy, aged 22, was killed when his unit came under fire during a deliberate clearance operation in the Kajaki area of Helmand Province.

03 Mar 2007 - Liam McLaughlin, 29 Commando Royal Artillery
Killed alongside Ross Clark, who were friends and colleagues, died during a rocket attack in the Sangin area of Helmand.  Lance Bombardier Liam McLaughlin, known simply as 'Paddy' to all who served with him, was born on 17 December 1985, and was brought up in Lancashire. He enlisted in the Army in September 2002, spending a year at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate before joining 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery in November 2003.

03 Mar 2007 - Ross Clark, 29 Commando Royal Artillery
Killed alongside Liam McLaughlin, who were friends and colleagues, died during a rocket attack in the Sangin area of Helmand.  Born in Zimbabwe on 18 July 1981, Lance Bombardier Ross Clark was brought up in South Africa before joining the British Army in April 2002.

22 Feb 2007 - Scott Summers, 42 Commando Royal Marines
Involved in a traffic accident that occurred when Marine Summers was driving a Pinzgauer vehicle as part of a routine convoy in Helmand province on 4 February 2007.

21 Feb 2007 - Jonathan Holland, 45 Commando Royal Marines
Marine Holland died as a result of injuries sustained from a mine strike, while on a routine patrol in the Sangin Valley, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

15 Jan 2007 - Mathew Ford, 45 Commando Royal Marines
Lance Corporal Ford died when elements of 45 Commando Royal Marines were engaged in a deliberate offensive operation to the south of Garmsir in southern Helmand.
The Royal Marine Commandos were attacking a major Taliban fort. This entailed them crossing a river, assaulting a walled compound and engaging in close quarter fighting. It was during the initial breach of the compound that Lance Corporal Ford was shot and killed instantly.

13 Jan 2007 - Thomas Curry, 42 Commando Royal Marines
Marine Curry died when elements of 42 Commando Royal Marines were engaged in a deliberate offensive operation near Kajaki, in Northern Helmand.
The Royal Marines Commandos were engaged in close-quarter fighting with the Taleban, and it was during this action that Marine Curry was killed. He died instantly as a result of enemy small arms fire.

27 Dec 2006 - James Dwyer, 29 Commando Royal Artillery
Lance Bombardier Dwyer, aged 22, was killed when the vehicle he was driving struck an anti-tank mine whilst on a patrol in southern Helmand.

12 Dec 2006 - Richard Watson, 42 Commando Royal Marines
Elements from the UK Task Force were patrolling to the north of Now Zad, a district in the North of Helmand, when they came under attack from Taliban forces.
During the contact Marine Watson was hit by small arms fire and fatally wounded. An emergency quick reaction helicopter along with a full medical team was immediately dispatched to Now Zad. Marine Watson was then evacuated to the UK hospital at Camp Bastion, where he was sadly pronounced dead. No other servicemen were injured.

05 Dec 2006 - Jonathan Wigley, 45 Commando Royal Marines
Marine Wigley died as a result of injuries sustained while on an Afghan and UK Task Force force operation on the outskirts of the village of Garmsir, to dislodge Taliban forces who had been responsible for attacks on the town in recent days. He was airlifted to a UK hospital in Camp Bastion, where he sadly later died from his wounds.

18 Oct 2006 - Gary Wright, 45 Commando Royal Marines
Marine Gary Wright died as a result of injuries sustained when a suicide-borne improvised explosive device detonated next to the vehicle in which he was patrolling in Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Korean Sergeant Yoon Jang-ho

Sergeant Yoon Jang-ho
Sergeant Yoon Jang-ho, aged 27, of Korea's Dasan Engineering Unit in Afghanistan was killed by a suicide bomber on 27th February 2007. He only had two months left of his tour. 

He was the first Korean soldier to have been killed in a terror attack overseas since the Vietnam War. 

Sgt. Yoon, who went to study in the U.S. at middle school age, was remembered as saying the only way to fulfill his obligation to his hardworking parents was to study hard. 

At university in the U.S., he earned his upkeep by working as a waiter. He returned home on graduation to fulfill his mandatory military service. There, he volunteered to serve in Afghanistan, from where he regularly sent some of his pay to his parents.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Female Spanish soldier, Idoia Bujan, killed by IED

Idoia Rodríguez Buján
A female Spanish soldier has been killed in a blast near Shindand, Herat province. She is the first Spanish fatality in 2007. She also becomes the first woman Spanish soldier to lose her life while on a peace mission.

She is 23 year old Idoia Rodríguez Buján from Lugo, and was with the Light Air Transport Brigade – BRILAT - , based in Figueirido, Pontevedra, which has more than 300 women assigned to it.

She was travelling in a convoy of five armoured ambulances which was hit by a powerful mine blast on 21st February.

Monday, January 1, 2007

UK Military fatalities 2002-2006

This is a complete list of British military fatalities from 2002 to end 2006.
If a name is highlighted in blue, click to read details of the incident.


27-Dec Dwyer, James Bombardier 29 29 Commando Royal Artillery IED attack
12-Dec Watson, Richard J. Marine 42 42 Commando Royal Marines Hostile fire
05-Dec Wigley, Jonathan Marine 21 45 Commando Royal Marines Hostile fire
18-Oct Wright, Gary Marine 22 45 Commando Royal Marines Hostile fire
06-Sep McCulloch, Luke L-Corporal 21 1st Royal Irish Regiment Hostile fire
06-Sep Muirhead, Paul L-Corporal 29 1st Royal Irish Regiment Hostile fire
06-Sep Wright, Mark William Corporal 25 3 Parachute Regiment Land mine
04-Sep O’Donnell, Craig Private 24 5 Royal Regiment of Scotland Suicide bomb
02-Sep Bell, Gerard Martin Sergeant 48 120 Sqn. Royal Air Force   Plane crash
02-Sep Johnson, Steven Lieutenant 38 120 Sqn. Royal Air Force  Plane crash
02-Sep Mitchelmore, Leigh Lieutenant 28 120 Sqn. Royal Air Force  Plane crash
02-Sep Nicholas, Gareth Lieutenant 40 120 Sqn. Royal Air Force  Plane crash
02-Sep Squires, Allan James Lieutenant 39 120 Sqn. Royal Air Force  Plane crash
02-Sep Swarbrick, Steven Flt Lt (pilot) 28 120 Sqn. Royal Air Force  Plane crash
02-Sep Andrews, Gary Wayne Sergeant 48 120 Sqn. Royal Air Force  Plane crash
02-Sep Beattie, Stephen Sergeant 42 120 Sqn. Royal Air Force  Plane crash
02-Sep Knight, Benjamin Sergeant 25 120 Sqn. Royal Air Force  Plane crash
02-Sep Langton, John  Sergeant 29 120 Sqn. Royal Air Force  Plane crash
02-Sep Quilliam, Gary Paul Sergeant 42 120 Sqn. Royal Air Force  Plane crash
02-Sep Windall, Joseph David Marine 22 Royal Marines Plane crash
02-Sep Dicketts, Oliver Simon L-Corporal 27 Parachute Regiment Plane crash
02-Sep Davies, Adrian Sergeant 49 120 Sqn. Royal Air Force  Plane crash
01-Sep Draiva, Anare Ranger 27 1 Royal Irish Regiment Hostile fire
27-Aug Hetherington, Jonathan L-Corporal 22 14 Signal Regiment Hostile fire
20-Aug Budd, Bryan James Corporal 29 3 Parachute Regiment Hostile fire
12-Aug Tansey, Sean L-Corporal 26 The Life Guards Accident
09-Aug Reeves, Leigh Private 25 Royal Logistic Corps Accident
06-Aug Cutts, Andrew Private 20 13 Air Assault Support Hostile fire
01-Aug Eida, Alex Captain 29 Royal Horse Artillery RPG attack
01-Aug Nicholls, Ross L-Corporal 27 Household Cavalry RPG attack
01-Aug Johnson, Ralph Lieutenant 24 Household Cavalry RPG attack
05-Jul Jackson, Damien Private 20 3rd Parachute Battlegroup Hostile fire
01-Jul Thorpe, Peter Corporal 28 3rd Parachute Battlegroup Hostile fire
01-Jul Hashmi, Jabron L-Corporal 25 Intelligence Corps Hostile fire
27-Jun Bartlett, Paul Sergeant 36 Royal Marines Hostile fire
27-Jun Patten, David Captain 39 Parachute Regiment Hostile fire
12-Jun Philippson, Jim Captain 29 7 Parachute Royal Artillery Hostile fire
27-Mar Craddock, Peter L-Corporal
1st Royal Light Infantry Accident
22-Mar Cridge, Mark Corporal 25 Royal Corps of Signals Unknown

29-Oct Sherwood, Steven L-Corporal 23 1st Royal Light Infantry Hostile fire

28-Jan Kitulagoda, Jonathan Private 23 The Rifle Volunteers, TA Suicide bomb

17-Aug Busuttil, Robert Sergeant 30 Royal Logistics Corps Homicide
17-Aug Gregory, John Corporal 30 Royal Logistics Corps Suicide
04-Sep George, Darren L-Corporal 22 1st Royal Anglian Accident