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14 killed in Afghanistan suicide attacks targeting foreigners includes Eight South Africans

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on September 18, 2012

CBS/AP KABUL, Afghanistan

Two separate suicide attacks in Afghanistan – both aimed at foreign workers or military forces, left at least 14 civilians dead and three U.S. troops wounded on Tuesday, according to Afghan officials.

The wreck of tje minibus in which eight South African airport contractors were killed in the suicide blast. Photograph: Keystone USA-Zuma/Rex Features

The U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan, ISAF, confirmed only that a suicide bomber wearing an explosives vest attacked in the Kunar province’s Watahpur district, wounding three foreign troops.

A senior Afghan security official tells CBS News that the bomber walked into a group of American soldiers and local residents who had gathered for a ceremony launching work on a new bridge. He said the ISAF troops wounded were Americans, and an Afghan civilian was also killed in the blast.

Earlier Tuesday, a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a mini-bus carrying foreign aviation workers to the airport in the Afghan capital, killing at least 13 people in an attack that a militant group said was revenge for an anti-Islam film that ridicules the Prophet Muhammad.

A senior Kabul police official tells CBS News the dead include eight South Africans, four Afghan nationals and one person from Kyrgyzstan. Many of the victims were employees of an aviation company, including pilots. Two sources have told CBS News separately that the victims of the attack worked for a company contracted to fly U.S. State Department staff within Afghanistan, Aviation Charter Solutions (ACS),

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Iraq car bomb kills Dr. Stephen Everhart, Contractor, injures two

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 23, 2011

Update  AP Baghdad

The American civilian killed earlier Thursday was Dr. Stephen Everhart, said a U.S. State Department spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland.

“Dr. Everhart was an American citizen who was working in Iraq for an implementing partner of the United States Agency for International Development’s Mission in Iraq. He was killed while working on a project to introduce a new business curriculum to a Baghdad university in a program supported by the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education,” she said in a statement.

“We are saddened by this tragedy and extend our thoughts and prayers to Dr. Everhart’s family and loved ones, and to the three other injured victims and their families,” she said.

Everhart worked at the American University in Cairo, where he was associate dean of the Business School and a finance professor. Before joining AUC, he worked extensively with the World Bank and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a U.S. government agency designed to help businesses break into developing markets.

He also wrote articles on topics like international aid, corruption and financial markets.

Officials at Georgia State University said Everhart listed San Antonio, Texas, as his hometown on his registration paperwork. Everhart got both his master’s and doctorate in economics at Georgia State in Atlanta.

Mary Beth Walker, dean of the School of Policy Studies, said Everhart met his wife, Stephanie, while in graduate school there. She described him as a “hard worker” with a good sense of humor.

Walker said Everhart had contact with Georgia State faculty members in the last two weeks about his work in Iraq and said he was planning to move to Vietnam soon to work at a university there.

The State Department gave no information about how he was killed, but an Iraqi police official said the American contractors were visiting a satellite office of Mustansiriyah University in eastern Baghdad when they were hit by a roadside bomb.

By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times  June 23, 2011

The civilian contractor and another American who was wounded in the blast were attacked in eastern Baghdad on the way to a Baghdad University campus, the U.S. Embassy reports

Reporting from Baghdad—

A U.S civilian contractor was killed and another American wounded in a car bomb attack in eastern Baghdad on Thursday, according to the U.S. Embassy.

The slain American had been traveling to Baghdad University’s Mustansiriya campus when attackers detonated a car bomb near Palestine Street, a busy commercial avenue

“An American civilian working with an implementing partner of the United States Agency for International Development in Iraq was killed in a terrorist attack today in Baghdad,” embassy spokesman David Ranz said. “Two additional civilians were wounded in the attack, including one American citizen.”

At least nine U.S. soldiers have been killed in attacks this June, according to the independent website icasualties.org. Armed groups, both Shiite and Sunni, appear to be striking out at the American military and diplomatic presence ahead of the scheduled departure of U.S. troops from Iraq at the end of the year. The Iraqi government is debating whether it should ask U.S. troops to stay on after 2011.

ned.parker@latimes.com

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Shaun Sexton, UK Security Guard, Killed in Afghanistan Attack

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on July 5, 2010

A UK private security guard killed in a suicide attack in northern Afghanistan on Friday was a former British soldier.

Shaun Sexton, 29, from Ashington, Northumberland, died in an attack on offices of US consultancy Development Alternatives Inc (DAI) in Kunduz.

Mr Sexton’s employer, Edinburgh International (EI), said Mr Sexton had served as a platoon sergeant in 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment.

Three other security guards were killed in the assault.

All four men – Mr Sexton, two Afghans and a German – worked for DAI’s security sub-contractor EI.

A second Briton was seriously injured in the attack.

‘Heroes’

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the pre-dawn raid, which began at about 0330 local time on Friday when a suicide bomber blew up a car outside DAI’s compound in Kunduz.

At least five other militants wearing explosives vests ran inside the building and started a fierce gun battle that lasted several hours before they were killed.

The men who died were hailed as heroes for their attempts to defend the compound.

Washington DC-based DAI is contracted by the US Agency for International Development to improve governance and community development in Kunduz, which is largely patrolled by German troops.  Original Story here

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CNA loses USAID Defense Base Act Contract 2010

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on March 30, 2010

CNA has just lost it’s contract with the State Department to poorly provide Defense Base Act Insurance benefits on USAID contracts.  Allied World Assurance, brand new to the DBA Dropping the Ball Game was just awarded this contract.  We’ll have the full story on that as soon as they let go of it.

Allied World’s Kevin Behan to Speak at the IPOA 2010 EuroConference

Another PR Announcement from Offshore

It will be intersting to hear what Kevin Behan has to say about Risk Management in Conflict and Post-Conflict Zones, and examining how companies, military and governments can prepare to manage risk in these environments.

While the Contract Companies continue to have the DBA’s Exclusive Remedy shielding them from negligent safety practices it would encouraging to think that  Mr. Behan will be speaking on reducing safety risks to employees.  We all Know what the term “risk management” means in the insurance industry and it has everything to do with reducing their risk of losing some of their profit.

If we’re wrong, let us know.  We are always open for honest discussions here.

PEMBROKE, Bermuda, March 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, Ltd (NYSE: AWH) announced today that Kevin Behan, Senior Vice President for General Casualty in the United States, will be
speaking at the IPOA’s 2010 EuroConference. The conference will focus on RiskManagement in Conflict and Post-Conflict Zones, and examine how companies, military and governments can prepare to manage risk in these environments. The event takes place in London on April 8 & 9, 2010.

Mr. Behan joined Allied World in October 2008, as Senior Vice President for General Casualty. He is responsible for Primary Casualty, working with brokers to develop Allied World’s Primary Casualty business capability. Primary Casualty includes Defense Base Act Business, General Liability, Automobile Liability and Physical Damage. Mr. Behan has over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry.

About Allied World Assurance Company

Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, Ltd, through its subsidiaries, isa global provider of innovative property, casualty and specialty insurance and reinsurance solutions, offering superior client service through offices in Bermuda, Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore and the United States. Our insurance and reinsurance subsidiaries are rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company. For further information on Allied World, please visit our website at http://www.awac.com.

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Taliban Kill Three US Soldiers/ Frontier Corps USAID Contractors in Pakistan Roadside Bomb Attack

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on February 3, 2010

Update:

G.I.s Slain in Pakistan: Psyop Sergeant, Two Nation-Builders

A psychological operations sergeant and two military nation-builders have been identified as the soldiers killed earlier this week by a roadside bomb in Pakistan.

39 year-old Staff Sergeant Mark Alan Stets, Jr. (pictured) was assigned to Alpha Company of the 8th Psychological Operations Battalion out of Fort Bragg, N.C. This was his second deployment to the region, according to U.S. Special Operations Command. He also served in Iraq.

Sergeant 1st Class Matthew S. Sluss-Tiller, a native of Ashland, Ky. enlisted in the United States Army Reserves as a heavy construction mechanic in 1991. He subsequently moved to the “big” Army, serving in Germany, Kuwait, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Sergeant 1st Class David J. Hartman was a veteran of the Army’s signal corps, deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq. Both were assigned to the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade out of Ft. Bragg.

Full Story at Danger Room

by: Liam Stack   The Christian Science Monitor

at Truthout

The US military deaths in Pakistan represent a significant victory for Taliban militants after months of increasing drone attacks.

A roadside bomb attack killed at least seven people, including three Americans, in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, news agencies report. The US fatalities represent a significant victory for Taliban militants, who claimed responsibility for the attack, after months of increasing drone attacks.

The US embassy in Islamabad has confirmed that three US military personnel were killed and two wounded in the blast, Pakistani daily Dawn reports.

“It appears to be the first time American soldiers have been killed in such an attack in Pakistan,” Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said that it had carried out the attack. A TTP spokesman accused the men of working for Blackwater International, a security contractor that changed its name to Xe in 2009 and that attracted widespread criticism over alleged excessive use of force in Iraq.

“The Americans killed were members of the Blackwater group. We know they are responsible for bomb blasts in Peshawar and other Pakistani cities,” a Taliban spokesman told Dawn. “We have warned we will take revenge and today we have avenged the deaths of innocent people.”

Initial reports identified the US dead as either aid workers or journalists. Dawn initially called them officials with the US Agency for International Development, while AFP cited an official from the paramilitary Frontier Corps calling them foreign aid workers, and sources told the Associated Press (AP) they were “part of a small, little-publicized, US mission to train members of the paramilitary Frontier Corps to better fight al-Qaida and Taliban militants.” Full Story at Truthout


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Defense Base Act Insurance Solicitation Number: M-OAA-GRO-EGAS-10-0001

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on February 1, 2010

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is issuing solicitation M-OAA-GRO-EGAS-10-0001 for Defense Base Insurance.  The purpose of this acquisition is to provide a source of Worker’s Compensation Insurance as required by the Defense Base Act (DBA). Under all USAID contracts involving any overseas performance, the contractor is required by law to provide overseas employees with insurance coverage pursuant to the Longshoremen’s and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (commonly called the “Defense Base Act” or DBA) (42 U.S.C. 1651 et seq.). DBA coverage applies to individuals employed under USAID contracts or subcontracts or subordinate contracts regardless of the duration of their assignment, and is over and above any State Worker’s Compensation insurance coverage.

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