Blackwater staff among those killed in CIA base bombing

8/1/10; (2 Items)

A suicide attack on a CIA base in Afghanistan a week ago killed two contractors with Xe, the controversial private security firm once known as Blackwater. The two were apparently among seven CIA operatives and a Jordanian intelligence officer killed in the December 30 attack, by a Jordanian double-agent, who blew himself up inside Forward Operating Base Chapman. US reports yesterday said Dane Clak Paresi, 46, a Xe contractor and retired soldier, was killed in the blast. A newspaper near Xe’s base in North Carolina said Jeremy Wise, another contractor and a former Navy SEAL, was killed as well. The reports point to a continued close relationship between the CIA and Blackwater. The firm is believed to have participated in programs to kill top al-Qa’ida terrorists in 2004, and CIA “snatch and grab” missions to capture or kill insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan.

See: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/blackwater-staff-among-those-killed-in-cia-base-bombing/story-e6frg6so-1225817125525

Children biggest war victims in Afghanistan
8/1/10
Children are the biggest victims of the war in Afghanistan, with more than 1050 people under 18 killed last year alone. Taliban-linked militants caused about 64 per cent of all violent child deaths last year, the Afghanistan Rights Monitor said in a report. As well as falling victim to suicide attacks and roadside bombings, Afghan children were also press-ganged by militias, sexually exploited and illegally detained by all sides in the conflict, the report found.
See: http://www.theage.com.au/world/children-biggest-war-victims-in-afghanistan-20100107-lwq2.html; http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/01/08/2787854.htm?section=justin