Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Journalist, Michelle Lang

Michelle Lang
Canadian journalist, Michelle Lang, 34, was killed by an improvised explosive devise (IED) in Afghanistan on 30th December 2009, while covering the war for the Canwest News Service. 

Four Canadian soldiers also died in the blast.

Jordanian officer killed

The Jordanian Army announced 30th December 2009 that one of its ranking officers was killed earlier in the day in Afghanistan. 

'Captain Ali bin Zeid was martyred this evening as he performed his humanitarian duty along with other Jordanian troops operating in Afghanistan,' the official Petra news agency quoted an army spokesman as saying. 

The statement gave no details as to the circumstances of bin Zeid's death, but said that he held the title of 'Sherif,' an indication that he was close to the ruling family. He is the first Jordanian soldier to be killed in Afghanistan. 

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Polish soldier, Michał Kołek

On 19th December 2009, Private 2nd Class Michał Kołek serving as part of the Quick Reaction Forces,  died in an insurgent attack on a Polish patrol around 1 pm local time (9.30 CET).

The incident occurred about 3,5 km away from the Four Courners base when the patrol was attacked by Taliban insurgents with machine gun fire and RPG grenade launchers. Immediately, Close Air Support and Quick Reaction Forces were directed to the site. After several minutes, a joint American-Afghani patrol provided support to Polish troops. In the exchange of fire PSC Michał Kołek was hit and died.

Two “Rosomak” vehicles were destroyed and six insurgents were killed in the battle.

Aged 22, Private 2nd Class Michał Kołek was a  bachelor. In Poland, he served with the Polish-Ukrainian Battalion in Przemysl. It was his first mission abroad.

He was buried on 24th December on a Christmas Eve, in his hometown Stalowa Wola. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Latvia military fatalities

Full list of military fatalities since 2002

Date Name Rank Age Unit Cause
11-Aug-09 Ozolins, Edgars Private 1st 23 Latvian Army Bomb
05-Aug-09 Baltābols, Dāvis Corporal 30 Latvian Army Gunfight
01-May-09 Merkusevs, Andrejs Private 1st 29 Latvian Army RPG attack
01-May-09 Ansevics, Voldemars Sergeant 38 Latvian Army RPG attack

Turkish military fatalities since 2002

List of Turkish military fatalities in Afghanistan since 2002

Date Name Rank Age Unit Cause
16-Mar-12 Çolak, Mithat Major

Air crash
16-Mar-12 Bağdatlı, Şükür Major

Air crash
16-Mar-12 Dogan, Serkan Major

Air crash
16-Mar-12 Cem, Ismail Major

Air crash
16-Mar-12 Erdogan, Adil Captain

Air crash
16-Mar-12 Aydin, Ilker Captain

Air crash
16-Mar-12 Yildiz, Murat 1 Lt

Air crash
16-Mar-12 Barutçu, Tahsin 1 Lt

Air crash
16-Mar-12 Melikoğlu, Okan 1 Lt

Air crash
16-Mar-12 Helvacı, Salih Sgt. Mjr.

Air crash
16-Mar-12 Akbas, Mehmet Sgt. Mjr.

Air crash
16-Mar-12 Vurucu, Onay Sergeant

Air crash
14-Jul-09 Sungur, Faruk Colonel 51 Turkish Army Accident
14-Jul-09 Mevlüt, Baydur Sergeant 39 Turkish Army Accident