Friday, December 19, 2008

3 Danish Hussars killed by land mine

Sergeant Jacob Moe Jensen, konstabel Sebastian La Cour Holm and konstabel Benjamin Davie Sala Rasmussen lost their lives when they were engaged in what they have done so many times before. Namely, to escort logistikkonvojen through the desert.

All three were vital pieces in the battle group convoy section, with the walking-on courage and enthusiasm time after time ran out to ensure that there were supplies to their comrades in the camps Price and Armadillo.

All three were professional to the utmost. Go on their first deployment, they all three had taken a position on that they wanted the mission here and that they believed in the matter.

Jacob, Sebastian and Benjamin were all three victims of the enemy's cowardly way to hit us on. One way in which the three are known for.

That day they took away with the largest logistics column, which we had seen on hold 6th Mood was high, this day, although the weather was gray and dull. 
We beckoned goodbye to them as they drove through the gate, and stood with bowed head as they drove in again.

Jacob, Benjamin and Sebastian knew all three, what it was, they went in for. They knew they could come to pay the ultimate price. Yet they took the place without blinking for the task which they were trained to do.

So do we, who sit back. We are not intimidated. We are running out through the gate today, tomorrow, next month. We will not allow Jacob, Sebastian and Benjamins death be in vain.

Have honored their memory

Dutch soldier killed by roadside bomb

Sergeant Mark Weijdt
A DUTCH soldier serving in Afghanistan was killed on 19th December 2008 by a roadside bomb during a fire-fight with the Taliban.

The country's armed forces chief, General Peter van Uhm, said Sergeant Mark Weijdt, 24, died after stepping on the explosive device in the Baluchi Valley, north-east of the joint Dutch-Australia base at Tarin Kowt in the southern province of Oruzgan. Another soldier was slightly wounded.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Two Danish Dragoons killed by IED

above: Jacob Gronnegaard Gade
Dan Gyde
The Danish Army Operational Command announced Friday afternoon the names of two soldiers who were killed Thursday morning in Afghanistan when their patrol was engaged in a fight.

22-year-old Konstabel Jacob Gronnegaard Gade and 29-year-old Overkonstabel Dan Gyde were killed as a result of the blast of an improvised explosive device in Gereshk, Helmand province.

Jacob Gronnegaard Gade had been in Helmand province previously in 2007 and 2008, while Dan Gyde had been deployed to Macedonia in 1999.

Dan Gyde leaves his father, mother, three sisters, his wife and a small child.

Jacob Gronnegaard Gade was unmarried and had no children. He leaves behind his mother and sister.

Both were assigned to the Jydske Dragonregiment (Jutland Dragoon Regiment).

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Australian officer killed in IED attack

Lieutenant Michael Fussell was serving with the Special Operations Task Group when he was killed in action by an Improvised Explosive Device detonation while conducting a dismounted patrol in Uruzgan province, on Thursday 27 November, 2008.

Twenty-five-year-old Lieutenant Fussell was from the Sydney-based 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (Commando).

Lieutenant Michael Fussell was born on 17 November, 1983 at Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.

Lieutenant Fussell enlisted in the Australian Army January 2002 and was appointed as an Officer Cadet at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He completed a Bachelor of Arts and was a keen sportsman, with a strong interest in rugby.

He attended Royal Military College, Duntroon in 2005, commissioning in December 2005 into the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery. On graduation he was posted to ‘A’ Field Battery, 4th Field Regiment, where he fulfilled a number of junior officer roles.

During his time at ‘A’ Field Battery he qualified as a paratrooper. He also deployed to East Timor on Operation Astute in 2006 and 2007.

Lieutenant Fussell was posted to 4 RAR (Commando) in January 2008 as a Joint Offensive Support Team Commander. He was a Platoon Commander for the Advance Infantry Course at Singleton and completed the Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) course.

Lieutenant Fussell’s military decorations include the Australian Active Service Medal with clasp International Campaign Against Terrorism (ICAT), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Australian Service Medal clasp, Timor-Leste and the Australian Defence Medal. 

Michael leaves behind two loving parents, his younger brother Daniel and two younger foster sisters Nikki and Nyah. His brother Daniel is a Lieutenant with 1st Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery (RAA) in Brisbane.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

French adjutant, Nicolas Rey, killed by IED

The body of Warrant Officer Nicolas Rey, killed 22nd November 2008 from the blast of an improvised explosive device (IED), has returned home to France.

Nicolas Rey
The funeral procession passed through the city of Ardennais escorted by 30 bikers and the national Gendarmerie. Proceedings then took place inside the chapel near Dumerboin.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Two Spanish soldiers killed in suicide bomb attack

Brigadier Juan Andrés Suárez
Corporal Rubén Alonso Ríos
9th November: Two Spanish soldiers have been killed and four more injured in a suicide attack in Shindand, Afghanistan, to the south of Herat, considered to be one of the most dangerous areas of the country.

The dead men have been named as 30 year old Corporal Rubén Alonso Ríos from Vigo, and 41 year old Brigadier Juan Andrés Suárez from Mieres, Asturias. Their vehicle, which was the last one of six armoured vehicles in a convoy protecting 12 Afghan lorries, was attacked by a van packed with explosives as they formed part of Afghan National Army convoy. The two men died instantly.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Norwegian Private, Kristopher Sorli Jørgensen

Kristopher Sorli Jørgensen
Norwegian Private, Kristopher Sorli Jørgensen, aged 22, and serving with the Norwegian Home Guard was killed by a roadside bomb whilst on patrol 8th November 2008

The incident happened about 8km from Meymaneh.

Pvt. Jørgensen was attached to the Norwegian Command in Meymaneh.

Monday, October 20, 2008

German Paratrooper, Roman Schmidt

Roman Schmidt
Stabsgefreiter (Staff Corporal) Roman Schmidt was 22 years old when he was  killed during a suicide bomb blast on 20th October 2008. At the time, he and a colleague were searching for a hidden weapons cache in Kunar province, Afghanistan.

He joined the German Army on New Years Day 2005 and was assigned to the 2nd Company, 263rd Paratrooper Battalion.
He had previously in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

German Paratrooper, Patrick Behlke

Patrick Behlke
Stabsunteroffizier (Staff Sergeant) Patrick Behlke was one of two German Paratroopers killed, 20th October 2008, during a suicide bomb blast as they searched for a hidden weapons cache in Kunar province, Afghanistan.

The 25 year old belonged to the 2nd Company, 263rd Paratrooper Battalion. He joined the German Army on New Years Day 2004 and was assigned to the unit after initial training. He had been in Afghanistan since September 2008.

This was his second overseas deployment. He previously served with EUFOR in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Aid worker shot dead in Kabul

Gayle Williams
Gayle Williams was an aid worker for SERVE Afghanistan of joint British and South African nationality. She was shot dead on her way to work in Kabul by two men on a motorbike on 20th October 2008.

Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, claimed responsibility for her death and said she had been killed "because she was working for an organization which was preaching Christianity in Afghanistan."

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Italian Army Corporal Alessandro Caroppo

Cpl. Caroppo
Italian Army Corporal Alessandro Caroppo, aged 23, died on 21st September 2008 at the Italian Base Camp in Herat.

When he failed to report for guard duty, colleagues went to his sleeping quarters to find him having difficulty breathing. He was rushed to medical facilities where he died soon after.
A native of San Pietro Vernotico, Alessandro had been part of convoy operations that had been attacked repeatedly over recent days.

The young soldier had already completed an operational tour in Lebanon and was due to end his current mission on 5th October.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Dutch Pfc. Jos ten Brinke

A Dutch soldier serving with NATO-led forces in southern Afghanistan was killed on 7th September 2008 by a roadside bomb, the Dutch Defense Ministry announced.

The 21-year-old soldier, Jos ten Brinke, was killed about 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) north of the town of Tarin Kowt, the ministry said in a statement.

Five others soldiers were wounded in the attack, one of them seriously, the ministry said.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Japanese aid worker shot dead in Nangarhar

The bullet-riddled body of an abducted Japanese aid worker was recovered Wednesday, the latest grim symbol of insurgents' apparent determination to drive foreign humanitarian groups from Afghanistan. Afghan and Japanese authorities identified the slain man as Kazuya Ito, an engineer who was seized by gunmen a day earlier in Nangarhar province, east of Kabul.

 The Japanese engineer worked for an aid organization called Peshawar-kai, meaning the Peshawar group, based in Fukuoka, Japan. It is named for a Pakistani city just across the border that is home to hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees.

Ito, 31, was working on agricultural development projects in a remote eastern area of Afghanistan, Japanese diplomats and colleagues said. Authorities said gunmen stopped his car Tuesday near the city of Jalalabad, which lies on the main road connecting Kabul, the Afghan capital, and the border with Pakistan. Ito's Afghan driver was released unharmed.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

German paratrooper, Mischa Meier

Mischa Meier
German Army Sergeant-Major, Mischa Meier, aged 29, was killed on 27th August 2008 when the vehicle he was in drove over an improvised explosive device (IED) in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

Sgt-Major Meier, who served with the 263rd Paratroop Battalion, was commander of a patrol when the incident happened.

He only had four weeks left to serve in Afghanistan.

Monday, August 25, 2008

German soldier, Christian Cemnitz

Master Sergeant Christian Cemnitz, serving with the German Army in Afghanistan, died in hospital in Termez, Uzbekistan on 25th August 2008.

The only information we have been able to gather is that he was airlifted from Afghanistan and was being flown to Germany, via Uzbekistan, when he died.

We have no information as to whether he was injured in action or whether he was being repatriated due to an illness.

If anyone has any information about this incident, we would be pleased to hear from you.

Danish army sergeant killed by IED

A Danish Soldier has died of wounds sustained when is vehicle struck an improvised explosive device on Monday.

Over Sergeant Henrik Christian Christiansen, 29, was evacuated to Camp Bastion where he died shortly after arrival. He was the passenger in the vehicle, which was traveling in the centre of the convoy.

They were traveling to Forward Operating Base Attal on a resupply mission, with security being provided by a platoon from Charlie Company. Henrik had only been in Afghanistan a few weeks and is the seventh Danish soldier to faal in the country this year.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Polish soldier, Pawel Szwed

Senior Private Paweł Szwed
Senior Private Paweł Szwed, aged 27, was killed in action 20th August 2008, after the mobile patrol vehicle he was in struck a road mine (IED) 20km from Ghazni.

Directly after the explosion, Taliban insurgents opened fire with rifles and machine-guns. Pvt. Szwed died from injuries he received in the blast.

He served with the Mazowiecka Sapper Brigade in Kazun.

In the same incident, two other Polish soldiers died and one seriously wounded.

Polish soldier, Waldemar Sujdak

Snr. Cpl. Waldemar Sujdak
Senior Corporal Waldemar Sujdak, aged 28, was killed in action 20th August 2008, after the mobile patrol vehicle he was in struck a road mine (IED) 20km from Ghazni.

Directly after the explosion, Taliban insurgents opened fire with rifles and machine-guns. Cpl. Sujdak died from injuries he received in the blast.

He served with the Mazowiecka Sapper Brigade in Kazun.

In the same incident, two other Polish soldiers died and one seriously wounded.

Polish soldier, Private Pawel Brodzikowski

Paweł Brodzikowski
Senior Private Paweł Brodzikowski, aged 25, was killed in action 20th August 2008, after the mobile patrol vehicle he was in struck a road mine (IED) 20km from Ghazni.

Directly after the explosion, Taliban insurgents opened fire with rifles and machine-guns and Pvt. Brodzikowski was hit.

He served with the Mazowiecka Sapper Brigade in Kazun.

In the same incident, two other Polish soldiers died and one seriously wounded.

Monday, August 18, 2008

22yo French Para, Anthony Riviere, among 10 dead

A 22 year old is amoung the ten French soldiers killed in an ambush near Kabul on 18 August 2008. Anthony Riviere died from small arms fire 50 kilomteres from the Afghan capital.

“His mother, his sister and I were worried since Anthony had announced his departure for Afghanistan," remembers his father, Alexis. “But we did not express our concern when we talked about it for the last time on the phone." He added.

Anthony had arrived in Afghanistan the month before with the newest rotation of French soldiers. The deployment was due to last four months. he was an accomplished sportsman, dabbling in Taekwondo, football, mountain biking and motocross.

French Legionnaire among 10 soldiers killed

Rodolphe Penon, a combat medic has been praised for his heroism and dedication during the Taliban ambush that killed 10 French soldiers. He continued to provide aid and comfort to wounded soldiers after sustaining injuries to himself. He had been out into the battle several times to rescue others when he finally fell. 

Penon had arrived in Afghanistan the month before with the newest rotation of French soldiers. He leaves behind two daughters, 16 and 14. The 40 year old had been assigned to the 2nd Régiment Etranger de Parachutistes (2nd Parachute Regiment, French Foreign Legion)

French Marine killed in Taliban ambush

Sebastien Devez died 18th August 2008 near the Afghan capital during two days of fierce fighting with the Taliban. He was one of 10 French soldiers to fall during the fight. A further 21 were wounded. 

Devez arrived in Afghanistan with the new rotation of French peace keepers just the month before. He leaves his parents, a wife and two children, a girl aged four and a two week old baby.

Eleven of those wounded in the ambush have arrived back in Paris to receive treatment with the remainder to return home once stable for the journey. The French President, Nicholas Sarkozy, had completed a lightning visit to Kabul where he asked the French soldiers to lift their heads in the fight against terrorism.

French soldier, Kevin Chassaing, killed in Taliban firefight

One of the ten French soldiers killed in a Taliban ambush, 18th August 2008, Kevin Chassaing, was a member of the 8e Régiment Parachutiste d Infanterie de Marine. They were struck by small arms and rocket propelled grenades. 

Kevin Chassaing
Kevin wanted to be buried in Rions en Gironde, a community where he had spent his youth, and where his family still lived. Many relatives attended the funeral surrounded by villagers and veterans of past conflicts.

Private 1st Class Kevin Chassaing was born in Begles, then his parents settled in Cadillac and then Rions. The family has a vault in the town cemetery. Like most of his fallen comrades, Kevin was posthumously promoted to the rank of Corporal.

French Para, Alexis Taani killed in Taliban firefight

Alexis Taani, 20, was killed during a Taliban ambush in the Uzbin Valley on 18th August 2008. Nine other French soldiers lost their lives with a further 21 wounded when around 100 Taliban fighters ambushed a French patrol 50 kilometers from the Afghan capital, Kabul. 

Alexis Taani
The quick reaction force came to the rescue with the support of close air. The fight lasted through the night and into the following day. Eight of the fallen soldiers were from the 8e Régiment Parachutiste d Infanterie de Marine (8th Marine Parachute Infantry).

Alexis, from Hautes-Alpes, enlisted into the French Military and was posted to his current unit last December, where he had been employed as a radio operator.

French Para, Damien Gaille, killed in action

Private 1st Class, Damien Gaillet was killed Monday evening during a Taliban ambush 50 kilometers east of Kabul.

Private 1st Class, Damien Gaille

The young soldier joined the 8th Parachute Regiment Marine Infantry, based in Castres, on June 5, 2007. The unit was his first choice. “He had it in his blood. He talked about joining the army since he was a young boy," said his father, Daniel.

This was Damien’s first mission overseas.

French Para, Nicolas Gregoire, killed in gun battle with Taliban

Nicolas Gregoire was one of ten French soldiers killed in a Taliban ambush 50 kilometers east of Kabul, with a further 21 suffering wounds. Nicolas was born in Hauts de Seine on November 3, 1982. He grew up in Saint-Gaudens attending primary and high school. 

Nicolas Gregoire
From an early age Nicolas had decided to wear the uniform of a soldier. His grandfather loved the Army, so joined at the age of 17 joining the 8e Régiment Parachutiste d Infanterie de Marine (8th Marine Parachute Infantry), based in Castres, in 2001.

Afghanistan was his sixth deployment, having served in Kosovo, Gabon, New Caledonia and the Ivory Coast. Nicolas knew of the dangers but believed it was his job to defend his country. He is survived by his parents and two sisters.

French Marine Para, Julien Le Pahun, killed in fierce gun battle

Corporal Julien Le Pahun, 19, was one of ten French soldiers killed during a Taliban ambush 50 kilometers east of the Afghan capital, Kabul. A further 21 were wounded in the fight, which lasted through the night and into the following day.

He joined his current unit, the 8th Marine Parachute Regiment, in June 2007 and was part of the latest rotation of French troops to arrive in Afghanistan in July 2008. He is survived by three brothers and sisters.

Corporal Julien Le Pahun
 Eleven of the 21 French soldiers also wounded in the clashes were flown to France and taken to hospitals in the Paris region.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

UK aid worker killed near Kabul

A UK aid worker killed in Afghanistan has been named as University of Ulster research fellow Dr Jacqueline Kirk.

She was one of three female aid workers shot dead in an ambush, along with their Afghan driver, near Kabul, the International Rescue Committee said.

The other two women were American, Nicole Dial, and Canadian, Shirley Case.

Read full story at BBC

American aid worker murdered with 2 others

On Wednesday, 30-year-old Nicole Dial was gunned down in Afghanistan along with two other women, Shirley Case and Jacqueline Kirk, all workers with the International Rescue Committee.

Nicole Dial
They had been to the town of Gardez, where they planned to open a children's school. They were returning to Kabul when Taliban fighters with assault rifles attacked their car. All three were killed instantly.

Canadian Aid worker shot dead

Canadian citizen, Shirley Case, one of three female aid workers shot dead in Afghanistan today, was a girl who wanted to help the world.

Case, 30, of Williams Lake, and Briton, Jackie Kirk, were killed by Taliban insurgents south of Kabul, a senior official of the aid agency International Rescue Committee said Wednesday.

Shirley Case
Another female aid worker, Nicole Dial from U.S., and a Kabul man who worked as a driver for the IRC, also died.

The group was en route to Kabul and travelling in a clearly marked International Rescue Committee vehicle when they came under fire at mid-morning.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Latvian soldier, Edgars Ozolins

Edgars Ozoliņš
Private First Class Edgars Ozoliņš, aged 23, was killed in Afghanistan by a land mine on 11th August 2008.

PFC Ozoliņš served with the Latvian Land Forces 1st Kajnieku Battalion.

His hometown was Jekabpils, Latvia.

Friday, July 25, 2008

IED kills Danish soldier

CH for the Danish battalion in Helmand, Col. Jens Lønborg 
OKS Jesper Gilbert Petersen was killed Friday morning in battle with the Taliban up north of For-ward Operating Base ATTAL in the Upper Gereshk Valley. An excellent soldier and good colleague was so brutally torn from us.

In this difficult hour our thoughts go to the Gilberts family and friends. The grief they feel right now, we feel, too. 
Although it can not bring Gilbert back, we will find solace in anyway to know that home in Denmark doing all it can to support now and in the difficult time to come.

Gilbert was part of our kampvognsdeling LOKE. He has been a very important part of bataljonens heaviest weapons. Numerous are the times in which Gilbert and the rest of LOKE has been our life up on the High Ground and virtually every time the units have been in battle in the green zone, they have been there to insert the firepower that has been a of-gørende help for the units on the ground.

Gilbert was an experienced soldier with several broadcasts behind and put always an honour in that there were house in order. One could always come to him after a good advice on even the smallest detail in his street. Gilbert, with its quiet and calm being, and always good humour will be sadly missed by all who had the privilege to know him.

Kampvognsdeling and crew 
Kampvognsdelingen LOKE have lost a friend. Jesper Pedersen Gilbert fell in the battle 25.juli, 2008 in the Upper Gereshk Valley. Gilbert was a clever kampvognsmand and a real soldier. He was a vellidt member of the crew of 2'er corner and a running, we could always count on; "First the horse - the man later!" Said Gilbert, and there were things in order. His knowledge in its field and ability to remember even the detail made him to it, came to the advice, and he was always ready to help. Gilbert was a quiet and calm man, never bad-tempered, and all who knew Gilbert as a friend, will miss his dutiful creature and his warm smile.

ISAF 5 was Gilberts third and final mission. The evening before the 25.juli he talked about his plans for a second deployment in the same function. Gilbert was professional and aware of the risk associated with the broadcast - he unfortunately paid the highest price the other day. He was a little man but a great soldier and he is missing.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Hungarian Army Major, Krisztian Nemes

Major Nemes
Hungarian explosives expert Major Krisztian Nemes, aged 32, was killed by a bomb on 12th July 2008 in Baghlan province.

Major Nemes had been called to a road leading to Kunduz where a bomb had been found. As he was inspecting the device, it exploded, killing Nemes and injuring an Afghan police officer.

He had been sent to Afghanistan a few weeks previouly to replace Lieutenant Gyula Kovacs, who was killed by an explosive in June 2008. 

Major Nemes was posthumously promoted from Captain and declared a national hero.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Australian special forces soldier killed

The 25-year-old Australian special forces soldier killed in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan was a leader with a "great sense of personal integrity", his former teacher says.

Signaller Sean McCarthy was killed in a bomb blast while conducting vehicle patrols in an area believed to be occupied by the Taliban. Two other Australian soldiers were also hurt.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Polish officer, 2nd Lt. Robert Marczewski

2nd Lt. Robert Marczewski
On 20th June 2008, Second Lieutenant Robert Marczewski, was among a military convoy in Afghanistan when a suicide bomber drove a car packed with explosives at them.

2nd Lt. Marczewski was killed by the blast.

He served with the Polish 6th Airborne Assault Battalion, based in Gliwice.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Hungarian Sergeant, Gyula Kovacs

Sgt. Kovacs
Hungarian Army Bomb-disposal expert, Sergeant 1st-class Gyula Kovacs, aged 30, was killed as he was attempting to defuse a roadside bomb and the device exploded.

The incident happened in Baghlan province on 10th June 2008.
Sgt. Kovacs was a member of the Hungarian Provincial Reconstruction Team, Hungarian Army.

He was posthumously promoted from Sergeant to Sergeant First Class.

Friday, June 6, 2008

BBC Journalist, Abdul Rohani

Abdul Samad Rohani
An Afghan journalist working for the BBC in the country's southern Helmand province has been found shot dead.

Abdul Samad Rohani had been abducted and his body was found on 7th June 2008 in Lashkar Gah. 

Rohani worked with the BBC Kabul bureau and was the Pashto service reporter for the BBC World Service in Helmand.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Estonian soldier dies in accident

An Estonian non-commissioned officer who sustained heavy injuries in an accident in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on the evening of May 23rd died in hospital in the night.

Sgt. Major Ivar Brok
Sgt. Maj. Ivar Brok, 30, serving in the support unit NSE-5 of the Estonian contingent in Afghanistan, sustained life-threatening injuries in an accident that happened in the course of loading works at the Camp Bastion base, the General Staff here reports. Brok was loading equipment of the infantry platoon ESTCOY-6 onto trucks when a wheel of a Pasi armoured personnel carrier escaped and rolled on him. Such a wheel weighs several hundred kilograms.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Lithuanian soldier, Sergeant Arūnas Jarmalavičius

Sergeant Arūnas Jarmalavičius
Sergeant Arūnas Jarmalavičius, died 22nd May 2008.
Motorized Infantry Battalion of Lithuania.

Aged 34, he was serving with NATO ISAF forces in Ghor province, western Afghanistan.

He and at least two Afghan civilians were killed when hundreds of rock-throwing protesters tried to break into an airfield base in Chaghcharan in protest over an American soldier's use of the Koran for target practice in Iraq. 

Other soldiers, Afghan police and civilians were wounded in the incident. The soldier was killed by gunfire, but it was unclear if the shots came from the crowd, Taliban insurgents or security forces. 

The area is remote and it was impossible for media to independently verify what had happened.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Czech Republic list of military fatalities

Czech Republic military fatalities since 2001.

Date Name Rank Age Unit Cause
09-Oct-11 Werner, Adrian Sergeant 32 2 OLMT Hostile fire
31-May-11 Vyroubal, Robert Sergeant 31
Hostile: IED
30-Apr-08 Radim Vaculik CWO 29 102 Reconnaissance Hostile: IED
17-Mar-08 Milan Sterba Lieutenant 35 Special Operations Grp Hostile: IED
03-May-07 Nikolaj Martynov Sergeant 28 43rd Airborne Vehicle accident

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Czech soldier, Radim Vaculik, killed by IED

The Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic has confirmed the death of a Czech soldier - a member of PRT Logar, Afghanistan - on Wednesday 30 April, 2008.

28-year-old Radim Vaculik died after an improvised explosive device burst up under the HMMWV vehicle used by the Czech contingent serving at the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Logar, Afghanistan.

Four other Czech soldiers were injured, one of them seriously. All soldiers were transported to the American Field Hospital at Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, for immediate treatment.

Australian Commando, L-Cpl Jason Marks, killed in action

Lance Corporal Jason Marks, 27 years of age from Sydney, was killed during a gun-battle in the early hours of Monday, 28 April when Australian soldiers were engaged by Taliban extremists using small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.

Lance Corporal Jason Marks
 Read full press release at Australian Department of Defence

Friday, April 18, 2008

Dutch Army Lieutenant Dennis Van Uhm

Dutch Army officer, Lieutenant Dennis Van Uhm, aged 23, was killed by the blast of a roadside bomb while on patrol in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, on 18th April 2008.

Lt. Van Uhm was a platoon commander serving with the 45th Armoured Infantry. His father is a General with the Dutch military.

Dutch Pfc. Mark Schouwink

Dutch Private 1st Class Mark Schouwink, aged 22, was killed on 18th April 2008 from the blast of a roadside bomb in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, while on patrol.

Pfc. Schouwink served with the 45th Armoured Infantry based in Ermelo.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Polish Private 1st Class, Grzegorz Politowski

Pfc Grzegorz Politowski
Private 1st Class, Grzegorz Politowski, aged 28, was killed 8th April 2008 when a roadside bomb was detonated against his patrol in Ghazni province.

Pfc Politowski was from Golczewo in Poland and served with the Polish 5th Engineering Regiment.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Danish soldier, Christian Raaschou, killed in battle with Taliban

Christian Raaschou
Danish soldier, Christian Raaschou was killed during a battle with Taliban insurgents on 31st March 2008. He was 24 years old and was a Private First Class with the Danish Royal Life Guards.

This was his 5th International deployment having previously served in Iraq.

His mechanized infantry unit was on a co-ordinated operation with British forces northeast of Gereshk when they came under fire. He died as he was being airlifted by helicopter to the field hospital at Camp Bastion.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Danish Guard, Pvt Anders Storgaard, killed in gun battle with Taliban

Private Anders Storgaard
Private Anders Storgaard, serving with the Danish Royal Life Guards, was killed in action on 26th March 2008 in a battle with Taliban insurgents involvoing small arms fire, mortars and RPGs. 

As the battle intensified, the Danish unit of 35 men was reinforced with artillery and helicopter gunships. 

Private Storgaard and one other soldier were injured in the battle. As they were being airlifted to Camp Bastion field hospital, Private Storgaard died from his wounds.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Suicide bomb kills two Danish soldiers

Sergeant Sonny Jakobsen
Captain Christian Damholt

Two Danish soldiers lost their lives on 17th March 2008 in a suicide bomb attack on a NATO military convoy.

Sergeant Sonny Jakobsen, 45, (pictured above left) and Christian Damholt, a Captain aged 33 (pictured above right) were part of a Danish unit patrolling the city of Gereshk in Helmand province, alongside British and Afghan troops.

Several other soldiers were injured in the blast.