Iraq/Afghan war casualties thread

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    Taliban attack kills 1 NATO soldier in Afghanistan

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    The Associated PressJanuary 4, 2014

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Officials say a Taliban attack on a joint NATO-Afghan base in eastern Afghanistan has killed one NATO soldier.

    Spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai in Nangarhar province says the attack took place on Saturday morning when a suicide bomber struck outside the base in the province's Ghani Khail district.

    After that, five Taliban fighters on foot tried to storm the base. Abdulzai says Afghan and NATO troops returned fire, killing the attackers.

    NATO said a service member had died following a suicide bombing in eastern Afghanistan. The alliance did not identify the soldier's nationality.

    Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack in an email to the media.

    Afghan insurgents have intensified attacks recently in a campaign to regain territory as foreign forces prepare to leave at the end of 2014.

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    US soldier the first coalition combat death of 2014 in Afghanistan

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    A U.S. soldier at a security post at Forward Operating Base Fenty in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2013.
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    By Toshio Suzuki
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    Published: January 5, 2014

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    Sgt. 1st Class William K. Lacey, 38, of Laurel, Fla., was killed in an insurgent attack in Afghanistan Jan. 4, 2014.

    The Department of Defense identified a 38-year-old U.S. soldier based at Fort Knox as the servicemember killed by an insurgent attack Saturday in eastern Afghanistan.

    Sgt. 1st Class William K. Lacey died from injuries received during a rocket-propelled grenade attack in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, according to the DOD release. His death marks the first combat loss of 2014 for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.

    There were three insurgent attacks Jan. 4 in Afghanistan, one at the military base in Nangarhar and two others later in Kabul that caused no casualties, according to the ISAF.

    At least six insurgents, some wearing suicide vests, died in the base attack, which occurred about 8 a.m. when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden sedan at the gate.

    Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a Nangarhar provincial government spokesman, said Saturday the gun battle between insurgents and coalition and Afghan forces went on for about 40 minutes. He said that no Afghan troops were killed or injured in the attack.

    Lacey, from Laurel, Fla., was a vehicle mechanic assigned to the 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Knox.

    “He was brave beyond brave,” his father, John Lacey, said to the Northwest Florida Daily News. “He was out there in the middle of nowhere, in hell, and he kept doing it over and over and over ... I’m just so proud of him.”

    This was his fifth deployment overall and second in Afghanistan, according to Fort Knox public affairs.

    A different death in Afghanistan of a U.S. Marine, Sgt. Jacob M. Hess, was reported Jan. 1 but not called a combat fatality by the DOD. That incident is currently under investigation.
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    Attack on base in Afghanistan leaves at least one member of U.S.-led coalition forces dead

    By Kevin Sieff and Sayed Salahuddin, Published: January 20 E-mail the writer

    ZABUL, Afghanistan — A complex attack on a military base in southern Afghanistan Monday killed at least one member of the U.S.-led coalition forces.

    The attack, which included a car bomb and several suicide bombers and gunmen wearing western military uniforms, occurred in the Zhari district of Kandahar province, one of the most hard-fought swaths of southern Afghanistan. It comes two days after an attack on a Lebanese restaurant in Kabul that killed 21 civilians, including 13 foreigners.

    Insurgents on Monday chose another ambitious target — one of the last remaining forward operating bases in Kandahar — and devoted significant resources to the assault. In an exchange of gunfire, all of the attackers were killed, officials said.

    “This was a complex attack with a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, enemy forces with suicide vests and small arms fire,” according to a statement from the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). “Operational reports state there was moderate damage to the outer perimeter of the base.”

    Javed Faisal, a spokesman for the Kandahar governor, said nine attackers were involved.
    “Insurgents wanted to storm an ISAF base in Zhari, but they failed,” he said, adding that the men tried to disguise themselves in coalition military uniforms.

    The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, calling it a “coordinated group martyrdom assault” in a tweet.
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    Five US Troops Killed in US Air Strike in South Afghanistan

    Posted By Jason Ditz On June 10, 2014 @ 10:44 am In News | 3 Comments

    An early morning skirmish with militants turned out to be more than a US Special Operations Forces unit bargained for, when they called in air support and the US B-1 bomber accidentally attacked them.

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    In what the Pentagon is calling a “likely” friendly-fire incident, five of the US soldiers were killed in the air strike against Zabul Province. Rear Admiral John Kirby promised an investigation into the incident.

    The incident is the worst single friendly-fire incident of the war, passing a 2002 incident in which a US warplane killed four Canadian soldiers during a “night exercise” in Kandahar.

    Afghan officials reported that in addition to the US troops, one Afghan army officer was killed in the US air strike. Zabul police chief Gen. Ghulam Rooghlawanay confirmed the incident, saying it happened during a joint forces operation between special forces and Afghan army units.

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