Tuesday, September 11, 2012

USS New York and the Legacy of 9/11

Sailors from USS New York remember 9/11 and what serving on a ship forged from 7 tons of World Trade Center steel means to them.

a US NAVY video:

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16 Armed Taliban Killed, 2 Wounded and 15 Arrested by ANP (11.Sep.2012.)

Publish Date: Sep 11, 2012
16 Armed Taliban Killed, Two Wounded and 15 Arrested by Afghan National Police

During the past 24 hours, Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army, NDS and Coalition Forces launched five joint clearance operations in Laghman, Ghazni, Herat and Helmand provinces.

As a result of these operations, 16 armed Taliban were killed, two wounded and 15 others were arrested by Afghan National Police.

Also, during these operations, Afghan National Police discovered and confiscated two rocket launchers, two PKM machine guns, 11 different types of weapons, one radio handset, 15 heavy rounds, 289 light rounds, two hand grenades and one motorcycle.

Additionally, Afghan National Police discovered and defused five anti-vehicle mines as a result of security operations in Kunar, Nangarhar, Kapisa and Zabul provinces, yesterday.
The 101 Kabul Zone National Police detained five individuals accused of trafficking and theft in the Pul-e-Charkhi, 7th, 8th and 11th Districts of Kabul-City.

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Suicide bomb blast in Herat, local police commander killed

A suicide bomb blast rocked western Herat province of Afghanistan on Tuesday. The incident took place in Keshk-e-Kohna district.

A spokesman for the Afghan police forces Abdul Rauf Ahmadi said a local police commander was killed following the blast.

Mr. Ahmadi further added the incident took place in Keshk-e-Kohna district market after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives while the local police commander Arbab Abdul Hakim was visiting the market.

In the meantime provincial police chief Gen. Abdul Hamid Hamidi said the suicide detonated his explosives in a tribal session killing at least 6 people and injuring 5 others.

No group including the Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

In the meantime a local security official speaking on the condition of anonymity said a number of Afghan civilians were also killed or injured following the incident however he did not disclose further information regarding the exact number of civilians casualties.

By Sajad - Tue Sep 11, 1:32 pm

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Yemeni Defense Minister Survives Attack

Forensic policemen collect evidence at the site of a car bomb attack targeting the motorcade of the country's defense minister in Sanaa, Yemen, September 11, 2012.
Yemeni officials say at least 10 people have been killed in a car bomb attack targeting the country's defense minister.
Government sources say the minister, Mohammed Nasir Ahmad, was unharmed in Tuesday's blast near government headquarters in the capital, Sana'a.

At least five of the minister's bodyguards were among those killed.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The attack came a day after authorities announced that the second-in-command of al-Qaida's Yemen network had been killed in an army operation.

The Yemeni Defense Ministry said Monday that Said al-Shehri, a Saudi national, was one of several militants killed in an operation in Hadramout province.

Al-Qaida's Yemen-based network, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, remains active in southern Yemen.  Suspected militants have carried out suicide bombings and have targeted Yemeni government officials for assassination.

from VOA News
September 11, 2012

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4 dead, chopper destroyed in US military base Bagram attack

CHARIKAR (PAN): Four Afghan security personnel were killed and a helicopter destroyed during a rocket strike on the main US airbase in central Parwan province on Tuesday, the anniversary of 9/11 attacks on the US, an official said.

The rockets were fired from western part of the airport early in the morning, provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Akram Baikzad, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He said the rockets landed near the helicopter at the heavily-fortified airfield at a time when Afghan and foreign troops were heading to Koh-i-Safi district for a security operation.

Three intelligence operatives and a policeman were killed in the attack, which wounded four more police officials, including Parwan Highway Commander Col. Mohammad Ghayas.

With the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) yet to comment on the incident, Baikzad said he had no information about foreign troop casualties.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said the fighters had fired a barrage of rockets salvos at the base, inflicting casualties on a number of American troops. Afghan soldiers were also killed and some aircraft damaged, he concluded.

A day earlier, the United States handed control of the controversial Bagram prison and its 3,000 inmates to Afghan authorities.

from Pajhwok
by Farid Tanha on Sep 11, 2012 - 14:16

from KHAAMA:
By Sajad - Tue Sep 11, 2:05 pm

According to Afghan security officials, at least 3 people were killed following missile attacks by militants on a US military base in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan.

A spokesman for the NATO-led International coalition security forces Michael Cole confirming the report said several rockets hit Bagram Airfield in Parwan province late Monday, destroying one helicopter and damaging several others.

An Afghan security official said the three people who were killed following the attack were members of the Afghan Intelligence — National Directorate of Security.

Reports suggest a number of Afghan and international service members were also said to be wounded in the attack.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault that came hours after the U.S. forces transferred control of the prison at Bagram to Afghan authorities.

Bagram air base, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of capital Kabul is located in Parwan province which sees little of the Taliban-led insurgency, but the base comes under insurgent rocket attacks from time to time.

A similar attack on the base in August damaged the aircraft of General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff who was visiting the war-torn country. Two service members were wounded at that time.

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Sep. 11., 2012. - ISAF Joint Command Morning Operational Update

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan and coalition forces today confirmed the death of two senior Taliban leaders, including the suspected mastermind of the August 2008 ambush which left numerous French soldiers dead and 21 wounded.

The Taliban leaders, Mullah Hazrat and Shakir, were killed in a precision airstrike Sunday when Afghan and coalition forces positively identified a group of armed insurgents in Alisheng district, Laghman province, and engaged them.

Mullah Hazrat is believed to have planned and directed the Aug. 18, 2008, ambush, 40 miles east of Kabul, which resulted in a two-day running battle between ISAF and Afghan security forces and more than 100 Taliban insurgents.

In the years since, Mullah Hazrat was promoted to serve as the Taliban leader for Alisheng district. He is believed to have ordered several attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in recent months, including the use of suicide bombers in Kabul. He also coordinated the movement of foreign insurgents from Pakistan into the country.

Shakir, also known as Attullah, was one of Mullah Hazrat’s associates and believed to be responsible for several ambushes and attacks throughout western Laghman. At the time of his death, Shakir was suspected of attempting to recruit foreign insurgents to rebuild his attack cell.

A post-strike assessment determined no civilian property was damaged and no civilians were harmed.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:


An Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents during an operation to arrest an improvised explosive device facilitator in Talah wa Barfak district, Baghlan province today. The facilitator is believed to coordinate the movement of IED components throughout the district for insurgent attacks.


Afghan National Army soldiers of the 2nd Kandak, 1st Brigade, 205th ANA Corps and International Security Assistance Force soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment conducted a dismounted clearance operation in Panjwai district,
Kandahar province Sunday and Monday that resulted in the discovery and clearance of 31improvised explosive devices. During the two-day foot patrol, the Afghan and ISAF force stopped nearly 20 times upon discovery of individual or multiple IEDs along their route. The force paused to secure and clear each one before continuing movement. During the mission the patrol was also engaged several times by insurgent small arms fire. In total, the discovered IEDs consisted of nearly 100 kilograms of homemade explosives. The mission resulted in no injuries or damage to ANSF, ISAF or Afghan civilians.

In air interdiction operations in Helmand province Monday, ISAF patrols seized more than 750 kilograms of opium and detained two suspected narcotics smugglers in Dishu and Nawah-ye Barakzai districts. In both incidents, the ISAF units investigated the area after observing suspicious activity through aerial surveillance. The seized opium was destroyed on site. No coalition casualties were sustained during the operation.


An Afghan and coalition security force detained numerous suspected insurgents and destroyed a Taliban weapons cache during an operation in Pul-e ‘Alam district, Logar province today. The Taliban weapons cache contained several rocket-propelled grenades and RPG components, multiple grenades, heavy and small arms ammunition, and one firearm. The security force also discovered a trigger mechanism for an improvised explosive device and more than a dozen kilograms of homemade explosives. The security force safely destroyed the weapons and explosives in an isolated area away from all structures and civilians.

An Afghan and coalition security force killed one armed insurgent and detained several suspected insurgents during an operation to arrest a Taliban leader in Khugyani district, Nangarhar province, today. As the security force identified itself and approached the Taliban leader’s suspected location, an armed insurgent displayed hostile intent toward the Afghan and coalition troops. The security force positively identified the lethal threat and engaged, killing the armed insurgent. The security force also seized and safely destroyed multiple assault rifles, several grenades and grenade components, and nearly a dozen kilograms of illegal narcotics and homemade explosives.

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R.I.P. - Sgt. Lee Paul Davidson (UK)

Sergeant Lee Paul Davidson killed in Afghanistan

A Military Operations news article

10 Sep 12
It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Sergeant Lee Paul Davidson of the Light Dragoons was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday 9 September 2012.
Sergeant Lee Davidson
Sergeant Lee Davidson
[Picture: via MOD]

Sergeant Davidson deployed to Afghanistan on 16 April 2012 as the Troop Sergeant of Support Troop with the Brigade Reconnaissance Force. In June, his Troop was formed into a Police Advisory Team as part of the Police Mentoring and Advisory Group. He was based at Patrol Base Clifton in the north west of Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province.

On 9 September 2012, Sergeant Davidson's Police Advisory Team was on patrol with the Afghan Uniform Police in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province. Sergeant Davidson's Ridgback, the rear vehicle of the column, struck an improvised explosive device (IED) and, sadly, he was fatally wounded.

Sergeant Lee Paul Davidson

Born on 13 May 1980, Sergeant Davidson lived in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, and started his working life as a pavement re-surfacer. He joined the Army in August 1998 and arrived at The Light Dragoons in January 1999. He deployed on operational tours to Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan with C Squadron known as The Legion.

He was subsequently posted to the Army Foundation College at Harrogate where he flourished as an instructor to junior soldiers. He demanded the highest professional standards but always led with the forgiving nature of a father.

He returned to the Regiment in 2011, after marrying his wife Samantha, to become a Troop Sergeant in A Squadron. He was a devoted husband to Sam and doting father to his two boys, Jayden and Jamie.

Sergeant Davidson's wife Samantha paid the following tribute:
"My gorgeous husband Lee, we all can't believe you have gone. You are my best friend, lover and the best husband and father I could have ever have wished for. You really are the total package - good looking, kind, loving, generous and the best dad I have ever known.
"Your memories we had together will be treasured in my mind and heart forever, your children will grow up knowing all this about you. You will never be forgotten. NEVER. All our love your Samantha, Jayden, Jamie and your little daughter whose on the way very soon. X"
Lieutenant Colonel Sam Plant MBE, Commanding Officer, The Light Dragoons, said:
"Sergeant Davidson will be remembered as a simply superb soldier and a wonderful man. From the outset of training for this, his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, he demonstrated the sort of professionalism and determination that had long been his trademark.
"He was the most natural leader of men and soldiers flourished under his command - he set the perfect tone and example and cared deeply for his soldiers' welfare. Rarely to be seen without a broad smile on his face, his enormous popularity was borne out of deep respect and his unbreakable sense of fun.
"Utterly loyal and ferociously hard-working, he was, and always will be, an inspiration to so many.
"He deployed on Operation HERRICK 16 as a member of A Squadron, The Light Dragoons as a Troop Sergeant and a vehicle commander. In this, his core role, he thrived from the outset but, in June, he and his men were selected and trained to become Afghan Police Mentors.
"Typically, Sergeant Davidson attacked this new challenge with gusto, quickly proving to be an outstanding mentor. The requirement to build rapport with his Afghan partners came completely naturally to him and he died doing a job in which he was succeeding and loving.
"His future in The Light Dragoons was full of promise and continued promotion up the ranks was a given.
"He spoke often of the family that he adored; he was so proud of his wife, Sam, and their two boys, Jayden and Jamie. He was overjoyed at the prospect of becoming a father for a third time soon after the completion of the tour; his optimism for the future was infectious.
"He leaves a gap in the ranks of The Light Dragoons which will never be filled. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sam, Jayden and Jamie at this most difficult time. Viret in Aeternum. Merebimur."

READ MORE: http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/MilitaryOperations/SergeantLeePaulDavidsonKilledInAfghanistan.htm
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