Sunday, February 28, 2010

Italian AISE agent Pietro Antonio Colazzo

Italian Secret Service agent Pietro Antonio Colazzo, age 48, was one of eighteen foreigners killed on 26th February 2010 during a terrorist attack on two hotels in Kabul.

He was shot and killed as he was alerting police to the attack on the phone. According to Abdul Rahman Rahman, the commander of Kabul's police, Colazzo "was in a room right behind the attackers and he could see what was happening."

Colazzo, who lived in Rome, was praised by Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's prime minister, as "a faithful government servant who died doing his job."

The combined suicide-bomb and shooting attack claimed the lives of ten other foreigners including nine Indian medical staff and French filmmaker Severin Blanchet plus three Afghan police officers.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Romanian Army Sergeant-major, Florin Badiceanu

Florin Badiceanu
Romanian Army Sergeant-major Florin Badiceanu, aged 31, was killed by the blast of a roadside bomb on 23rd February 2010.

He was among a convoy of armoured cars on patrol along the main Kandahar-Kabul highway. About 4km from Lagman Base, the car he was in drove over the improvised explosive device.

Sgt-maj. Badiceanu, who served with the 33rd Mountain Battalion, leaves a wife and child.

Friday, February 12, 2010

French Army soldier 1st Class Enguerrand Libaert

French Army soldier 1st Class Enguerrand Libaert, aged 20, was killed in action on 9th February 2010 when he was hit by enemy small-arms fire during a combat operation in Kapisa.

He joined the Army in October 2008 and served with the 13th Alpine Battalion. He deployed to Afghanistan with his unit in December 2009 and in February departed on a mission to support a logistics convoy of the Afghan Army in the Alasay valley. It was during this mission that the unit engaged with enemy forces, and he was declared "killed in action".

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Two Swedish army officers killed in shootout

Two Swedish officers, Captain Johan Palmlöv and Lieutenant Gunnar Andersson, both with the Swedish Royal Life Guards, and their Afghan interpreter, Mohammad Shahab Ayouby, were part of the patrol which came under fire near a police station, 40 kilometres west of Mazar-e Sharif, near the village of Gurgi Tappeh. All three were killed in the attack.

It is thought they were attacked and killed by an Afghan police officer.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Jordan military fatalities - list

Full list of military fatalities since 2002

Date Name Rank Age Unit Cause
22-May-11 Qdairi, Majid Amir 1st Lt
Jordan Army Bomb blast
30-Dec-09 Zeid, Ali bin Captain
Jordan Army Hostile fire

Spanish soldier killed in massive explosion

John Felipe Romero Meneses
A Spanish soldier was killed in Afghanistan 1st February when a bomb exploded under the armoured personnel carrier he was travelling in.

21 year old John Felipe Romero Meneses was travelling as part of an 11-vehicle convoy in Sang Atesh when a “very large explosive device” went off underneath his Pegaso BMR, destroying the vehicle completely. The explosion wounded six others, two of whom are reported to be serious.

Immediately after the explosion, soldiers were forced to defend themselves against an ambush by Taliban forces. In the subsequent firefight, Spanish soldiers killed three Talibans and seized a “large quantity of arms and ammunition.”

Spain’s Ministry of Defence thinks the bomb was specially modified to augment its destructive power and was triggered by the weight of the vehicle passing over it.

Sr Romero Meneses was Columbian and had been in Afghanistan for two months.