Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Suicide bombing kills 35 at funeral in northern Iraq

TIKRIT, Iraq, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- A suicide bomber blew himself up at a funeral in a Shiite mosque in a city in northern Iraq on Wednesday, killing at least 35 people and wounding 75 others, a local police source told Xinhua.

The attack occurred on Wednesday afternoon when a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest blew himself up among mourners at a funeral inside the Sayd al-Shuhadaa Shiite mosque in the city of Tuz-Khurmato, some 200 km north of the capital Baghdad, the source said on condition of anonymity.

The attacker targeted the funeral of a government employee killed the day before, who is a relative Ali Hashim, Shiite member of the Council of Salahudin province, the source said.

Hashim and the deputy governor of Salahudin province were among the wounded, the source added.

The toll could rise as many of the victims were evacuated by ambulances and civilian cars to several hospitals and medical centers in the city, he said.

Salahudin province is a Sunni-dominated province. Its capital city of Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, is the hometown of former President Saddam Hussein.

Violence and sporadic high-profile bomb attacks are still common in the Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease in violence since its peak in 2006 and 2007, when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings.

2013-01-23 21:47:38

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R.I.P. - Cpt. Krzysztof Woźniak

Polish special forces officer killed in Afghanistan
23.01.2013 13:19
UPDATED - Captain Krzysztof Woźniak was killed during an “anti-terrorist action” last night in the eastern Ghazni province in Afghanistan.
Captain Woźniak is the first Polish commando to die in action during a foreign mission.

The 36 year-old met his death as insurgents opened fire during an operation involving commandos from the Polish GROM special services, Colonel Miroslaw Ochyra, a spokesman for the Polish Armed Forces Operational Command has told Polish Radio.

Krzysztof Woźniak was on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, where Poland currently has over 2,000 troops stationed, and has left a wife and three children.

Thirty five Polish troops, including a medic, have been killed in action in Afghanistan, with at least 100 soldiers wounded. (pg)

UPDATE – Captain Wozniak, who was a member of the special forces GROM unit, it has been confirmed, had served in the Polish armed forces for 17 years. A number of troops were also injured by incoming fire from insurgents, who were taken to a field hospital for treatment.

source: IAR




Polish soldier fatally wounded during a raid in central Afghanistan

By The Associated Press January 23, 2013 9:02 AM

WARSAW, Poland - Poland's Defence Ministry says that a Polish soldier has died of wounds he received in an operation in central Afghanistan
Capt. Krzysztof Wozniak, who served with an elite GROM unit, was fatally wounded early Wednesday in Ghazni province as the force was supporting an Afghan unit during a raid. Wozniak died in a military hospital.

The 36-year-old Wozniak is the 38th Polish soldier killed while serving with the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan since 2007.


in Polish only:,114881,13281147,Afganistan__Polski_komandos_zginal_podczas_operacji.html
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ISAF's drone crashes in Paktika

KABUL (PAN): A pilotless aircraft of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has crashed in southeastern Paktika province near the Pakistan border, the alliance said on Wednesday.
In response to an email from Pajhwok Afghan News, the NATO-led force confirmed Tuesday’s incident in the Janikhel district of the restive province.

“A small un-manned aircraft crashed and was recovered by ISAF forces in Janikhel district. The cause of the crash is not yet known,” the media office of the multinational force added.

On the other hand, the Taliban claimed shooting down the aircraft. The group’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said the plane caught fire after being hit in Soorkai Ghar area.

from Pajhwok
By Javed Hamim Kakar Jan 23, 2013 - 11:04

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Jan. 23., 2013. - RC-East operational update

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces cleared two improvised explosive devices during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours, Jan. 22.

Wardak province
Afghan and coalition forces found and safely cleared an IED in Sayed Abad district.

Khowst province
Afghan and coalition forces found and safely cleared an IED in Sabari district.

Operations in RC-East are ongoing.

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