Since U.S. forces have pulled back in Afghanistan, the terrorists have a new target; American defense contractors. And it was a deadly week for them in both Libya and Afghanistan.
Just yesterday, it was learned that one of the contractors killed Thursday at the Kabul Airport in Afghanistan, was from Summerville, South Carolina, in fact, from the neighborhood of this Examiner. Matthew Fineran, 42, was shot and killed by the Taliban while on security detail at the airport. Fineran was a K9 handler and a former police officer on the force with the Summerville Police Department. He leaves behind a family that includes six children.
Another casualty of the same attack was Walter D. Fisher of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He, too, was a former police officer having worked in both Fayetteville and Spring Lake, North Carolina.
The Taliban also claimed responsibility for the death of Jason D. Landphair, of Fayetteville, North Carolina. The shooter was a Taliban fighter wearing an Afghan police uniform. He infiltrated the ranks of Afghan security forces.
Bradley A. James, of Atlanta, Georgia, was injured in the same attack. Although seriously wounded, his injuries are not life-threatening. All four of the men worked for Praetorian Standard whose company has picked up security details that were once handled by U.S. troops.
In another deadly attack, David Berry, 34, was killed Tuesday in Tripoli, Libya, when a gunman on a suicide-homicide mission stormed a luxury hotel. ISIS/ISIL claimed responsibility. Berry was employed by Crucible L.L.C. another private defense contractor, this one based in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Berry was a former Marine who had done tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Fluent in Arabic he was helping conduct negotiations between warring tribes in the region.
The last two U.S. servicemen killed in battle in Afghanistan were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. On December 12, 2014, Sgt. 1st Class Ramon S. Morris, 37, of New York City, New York and Spc. Wyatt J. Martin, 22, of Mesa, Arizona, died in Parwan Province when their vehicle was attacked by an enemy IED.
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