Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Taliban ambush kills 5 Afghan police

Map of Afghanistan with Maidan Wardak highlighted
Map of Afghanistan with Maidan Wardak highlighted (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
MAIDAN SHAHR, Afghanistan, April 16 (Xinhua)-- Taliban militants fighting the government ambushed a convoy of Police Public Protection Force in Wardak province 35 km west of Kabul on Monday night leaving five personnel of the body dead and another injured, spokesman for Wardak's provincial administration said Tuesday.

"A team of Public Protection Force of Police was on patrol in Haft Asiab area of Sayed Abad district last night when a group of Taliban rebels laid ambush killing five personnel of the entity and injuring another," Attaullah Khogyani told Xinhua.

He also added that the police returned fire killing a Taliban fighter and injuring few others.

Wardak which connects the restive Kandahar and Ghazni provinces to the capital city Kabul has been the scene of increasing militancy over the past couple of years.

2013-04-16 20:34:04

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Car Bombs Kill 5 in Iraq

Residents gather at the site of a car bomb attack in al-Habibya district in Baghdad, April 16, 2013.
Iraqi officials say car bombings have killed at least five people, the day after a wave of violence left at least 50 people dead across the country.

The deadliest bombing Tuesday hit Aziziyah, about 75 kilometers south of the capital, Baghdad. That blast killed at least four people and wounded 15 others.

North of Baghdad, another explosion killed at least one soldier.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, which come as Iraqis prepare to vote in provincial elections on Saturday. The vote is the first in Iraq since U.S. troops withdrew from the country in December 2011.

The election has already been postponed by several months in Anbar and Ninevah provinces because of security threats.

from VOA News
April 16, 2013

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Al-Shabab to launch more attacks after Mogadishu court assault

map by Evan Centanni (www.polgeonow.com)
Somalia’s al-Shebab rebels have threatened further attacks after coordinated bombings and shootings that killed at least 30 people in Mogadishu at the weekend.

Al-Shebab spokesperson Ali Mohamud Rageh told the media that their fighters will double the number of attacks against the government.

Rageh insisted that the court which his fighters attacked has in the past carried out what "illegal" sentences against his Mujahidin fighters so that this time it has to pay the heftiest price for its role in the "war against Islam and endless brutality against innocents".

Al-Shebab - who are they?

“The Mujahidin figheters will intensify their attacks against this apostate government," he said. "'The attack on Sunday was a clear indication that Mujahidin fighters are still kicking and alive.

"Our martyred did a good job when they attacked this so-called court house which was planning a harmful conspiracy against Islam.”

Al-Shebab will go to every possible length to attain its goal of weakening the government’s power, he added.

Former Somalia intelligence chief Ahmed Fiqi has accused members of the army of having links with al-Shebab and aiding its operations after Sunday’s attack.

“This attack was preplanned," Fiqi said. "And there is no doubt that members of the army were involved in it. They at least gave them tips or information and collaborated with them in reaching their goal and they did”

On Monday, Mogadishu remained on high security alert following Sunday’s deadly attacks.

Interior Minister Abdikarim Hussein Guled  announced on Monday that the security forces of the country will remain vigilant to ensure stability in the capital.

Somalia president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has declared a new phase of war to eliminate the "extremists" of al-Shebab .

Mohamud called for the Somali people to assist the security forces in catching members of al-Shebab who are trying to hide in civilian areas.

By Mohamed Sheikh Nor in Mogadishu
Article published the Tuesday 16 April 2013

Read or Listen to this story on the RFI website.

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In Several Joint Clearance Operations, 20 Armed Taliban Killed (Apr.16.2013.)

Publish Date: Apr 16, 2013

In past 24 hours, Afghan National Police conducted several joint clearance operations with the cooperation of Afghan National Army, NDS and Coalition Forces to clean some of the areas from terrorists and enemies of peace and stability of Afghanistan.

The operations were conducted in Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunduz, Kandahar, Zabul, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Ghazni, Khost, Paktiya, Herat and Helmand provinces, as a result 20 armed Taliban were killed, five wounded and 25 other armed Taliban were arrested by Afghan National Security Forces.                                                                                     
Also, during these operations, Afghan National Police discovered and confiscated some amount of light and heavy round ammunitions and IEDs.

Counter Crimes:
The 101 Kabul Zone National Police detained a suspect accused of theft in the 9th District of Kabul-City.
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Apr. 16., 2013. - RC-East operational update

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Afghan National Security and coalition forces detained three suspected insurgents and found and safely cleared six improvised explosive devices during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours, April 15.

Ghazni province
Afghan National Security Forces found and safely cleared one IED during operations in the Qarah Bagh district.

Khowst province
Afghan National Security and coalition forces detained three suspected insurgents during operations in the Khowst district. The detained suspects were transferred to a base for questioning.

Afghan National Security and coalition forces found and safely cleared two IEDs during operations in the Sabari district.

Lagham province
Afghan National Security and coalition forces found and safely cleared three IEDs during operations in the Mehtar Lam district.

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US military helicopter crashes near N. Korea border

CH-53D helicopters of Marine Heavy Helicopter ...
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UPDATE (Apr.16.):

A U.S. Marine Super Stallion helicopter made a hard landing during joint U.S.-South Korea exercises Tuesday near Seoul, officials said. No deaths were reported.
Initial reports indicate the personnel, including five crew members, were on board the CH-53E when it executed a hard landing, the U.S. Defense Department said.
All on board were transported to a hospital in Yongsan, South Korea, the military said. Several hours after the crash, 15 were released and six others were listed in stable condition. The extent of their injuries wasn't reported.
The crew is from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit stationed in Okinawa, Japan.
"A comprehensive investigation will take place to determine the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident," the Pentagon said in a release.
The report said the helicopter, described as a heavy lift aircraft capable of carrying dozens of troops, made a hard landing near Jipo-ri Range, about 55 miles north of Seoul.
Yonhap reported the helicopter caught fire after the U.S. military personnel escaped. Most of the aircraft was destroyed, military officials said.

SEOUL: A US military helicopter taking part in a joint South Korea-US drill crashed Tuesday near the North Korean border with no apparent casualties, officials said.

A US military official identified the aircraft as a CH-53 US Marine helicopter that was carrying three crew and 13 other personnel during a training exercise.

No casualties were reported.

The Yonhap news agency had previously identified the helicopter as a UH-60 Black Hawk with 12 personnel on board.

The US official described the crash as a “hard landing” in Cheolwon county, which touches on the border with North Korea.

The Korean peninsula is currently at a state of heightened military tensions, partly due to North Korea’s anger over the ongoing South Korea-US military exercises, which it sees as an invasion rehearsal.

There are 28,500 US military personnel permanently stationed in South Korea.

from DAWN
(2 hours ago)

from XINHUA:

2013-04-16 14:10:07
SEOUL, April 16 (Xinhua) -- There was no casualty reported after a U.S. military helicopter crashed in South Korea's northern province of Kangwon, local media reported Tuesday.

The U.S. helicopter crashed near a shooting range in Cheolwon, a town in Kangwon Province close to the inter-Korean land border, as of 1:04 p.m. local time, according to the Yonhap News Agency.

A total of 14 U.S. troops were aboard the UH-60 Black Hawk, but all crews succeeded in their emergency escape before the crash.

The military estimated the crash occurred while the helicopter landed. A total of six helicopters, including the crashed one, were doing their flight training from 11:00 a.m. local time.

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R.I.P. - CWO. Matthew P. Ruffner, CWO. Jarett M. Yoder

DOD Identifies Army Casualties
            The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

            They died April 9, in Pachir Wa Agam District, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan.  They were assigned to the1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 104th Aviation Regiment, 28th Combat Aviation Brigade, 28th Infantry Division, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa.

            Killed were:

            Chief Warrant Officer Matthew P. Ruffner, 34, of Tafford, Pa., and

            Chief Warrant Officer Jarett M. Yoder, 26, of Mohnton, Pa.

            For more information the media may contact the Pennsylvania National Guard public affairs office at 717-861-8352/8468 during duty hours or 717-943-4092 after hours.


The Pennsylvania Army National Guard on Wednesday identified Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew Ruffner, 34, of Harrisburg, PA and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jarett Yoder, 26, of Mohnton, PA as two Guardsmen killed when their AH-64 Apache Helicopter crashed during a reconnaissance mission on 9 April 2013.

Ruffner was a 1997 graduate of London High School in Ohio and later graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Decorated with the Army Achievement Medal, three Army Reserve Component Achievement Medals and the Parachutist Badge, he originally joined the military in 1997 as a mechanic Ohio. He later transferred to Indiana, Pa. where he completed warrant officer training.

Before deploying, he was a full-time Apache instructor pilot for the Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility at Fort Indiantown Gap. He was piloting the helicopter when it crashed. This was his first deployment.

He is survived by his parents.

Yoder was a 2005 graduate of Oley Valley High School in Oley, Pa. and attended Reading Community College. He joined the military the same year and has since been awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and Driver and Mechanic Badge.

He first served in Company C, 1st Battalion 111th Infantry as an infantryman. He was deployed Iraq in 2008 and entered the aviation field in 2010. He was as an aviation life support equipment officer and Apache pilot. He was the copilot of the helicopter when it crashed.

He is survived by his wife and parents.
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