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NATO soldiers, civilian contractor killed E. Afghanistan

(Global Times) – June 2, 2013 – Two soldiers and a civilian contractor of the NATO-led coalition forces were killed Saturday in two separate incidents in eastern Afghanistan.

“One International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service member and one ISAF Civilian was killed during a direct fire attack in eastern Afghanistan today,” said the NATO-led ISAF in a press statement.

Another coalition service member was killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack.

However, it did not reveal the nationalities of the victims under the ISAF policy.

The Taliban insurgent group, which has been waging an insurgency of more than one decade, launched in late April an annual rebel offensive against Afghan and about 100,000 NATO-led forces stationed in the country.

The latest casualties bring the number of foreign soldiers killed in Afghanistan to 70 this year. (Click HERE for original article)

U.S. paid to maintain inoperable Afghan police vehicles, audit finds

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Wasteful spending on Afghanistan’s security has continued to plague the U.S. government, with the latest revelation of nearly $7 million spent to maintain police vehicles that either were destroyed or inoperable. ~Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov

Ernesto Londoño – (The Washington Post) – January 17, 2013 – The U.S. government paid $6.8 million for maintenance of more than 7,000 Afghan police vehicles that had been destroyed or were out of commission, according to an inspector general report released Thursday.

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Helicopter Crash Kills 2 ISAF Members in Afghanistan

We will update you as more information becomes available.
~ Ms Sparky & Forseti

(International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases) – WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2012 – Two International Security Assistance Force service members died following a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan today, military officials reported.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, officials said.

According to operational reporting, there was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the crash. It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities. (Click HERE for original article)
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NATO helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan kills 2 Australians

(Los Angeles Times) – KABUL, Afghanistan – August 30, 2012 – A NATO helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing two Australian troops, officials said, bringing that country’s military fatalities to five in less than 24 hours.

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Suicide attacks on Afghan, Nato bases in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR – June 19, 2012 – Eleven Taliban suicide attackers struck two Afghan and Nato bases in Kandahar province on Tuesday, after gunmen in police uniforms killed a coalition soldier, officials said.

Seven insurgents stormed a joint Afghan-Nato base in Shah Wali Kot district at around 3:30 am, sparking a 30-minute gun battle that left all the attackers dead, Kandahar governor’s spokesman Jawed Faisal said.

Nato’s US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the attackers breached the outer perimeter of the base but no coalition soldiers were killed.

But Faisal and provincial police chief General Abdul Raziq both said a foreigner had been killed and two wounded, with Faisal describing the fatality as a civilian contractor. Their nationalities were unclear.

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Situation Normal: Afghanistan Fouled Up

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Mark Thompson – (Battleland Blog) – June 1, 2012 – A trifecta of trouble in three Pentagon inspector-general reports released Thursday concerning the U.S. military’s continuing struggle to build Afghan security forces so U.S. troops can come home.

Here is the first finding from each report:

– NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (NTM-A/CSTC-A) officials did not develop adequate sustainment requirements for the 15 types of ANA individual equipment items.

– ACC officials did not properly award or manage 19 contract actions in accordance with regulations and did not include specific quality requirements in the contract for 13 contract actions because they did not perform all necessary contracting procedures when accelerating procurements.

– Army contracting officials at Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG) did not appropriately award and administer the ANP contract in accordance with Federal and DoD guidance.

What the heck is going on here?

Here we are, a decade into this war, and the proper training and outfitting of the Afghan security forces is the key to leaving something worthwhile — worth the nearly 2,000 American lives and $640 billion we’ve invested in the place – when we depart, more or less, by the end of 2014.

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