London Soldier Killed In Cleaver Attack Named

London Soldier Killed In Cleaver Attack NamedThe soldier killed in an attack in London has been named as Drummer Lee Rigby of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Drummer Rigby, 25, from Manchester, leaves behind a two-year-old son.

‘Loving father’

Two suspects shot by police after Wednesday’s attack in Woolwich remain under arrest. A further two people have been arrested on conspiracy to murder. The suspects, one of whom is said to be Islamist protester Michael Adebolajo, were known to security services. Scotland Yard said the latest arrests were of a man and woman, both aged 29.

Drummer Rigby, from Middleton, Greater Manchester, joined the Army in 2006. He was described as a “loving father to his son Jack” and someone who would be “sorely missed by all who knew him”.


‘Experienced and talented’

Drummer Rigby had taken up a post with the Regimental Recruiting Team in London in 2011.

“An experienced and talented side drummer and machine gunner, he was a true warrior and served with distinction in Afghanistan, Germany and Cyprus,” said his commanding officer Lt Col Jim Taylor… His ability, talent and personality made him a natural choice to work in the recruiting group.”

Shortly after the killing, a man, thought to be 28-year-old Mr Adebolajo, was filmed by a passer-by, saying he carried out the attack because British soldiers killed Muslims every day. According to BBC sources, Mr Adebolajo, a Briton of Nigerian descent, comes from a devout Christian family but took up Islam after leaving college in 2001.

Was the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby a terrorist act? What could have been the reason for this senseless violence?

Source: BBC News

Image: The Sun

Afghanistan Wants U.S. Special Forces To Leave Province

Afghanistan Wants U.S. Special Forces To Leave ProvinceAfghanistan’s president ordered all U.S. special forces to leave a strategically important eastern province within two weeks because of allegations that Afghans working with them are torturing and abusing other Afghans.

‘Bloody reminder’

Suicide bombers targeted Afghanistan’s intelligence agency and other security forces in four coordinated attacks in the heart of Kabul and outlying areas in a bloody reminder of the insurgency’s reach nearly 12 years into the war.

Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi said the decision to order the American special forces to leave Wardak province was taken during a meeting of the National Security Council because of the alleged actions of Afghans who are considered linked to the U.S. special forces. He said all special forces operations were to cease immediately in the restive province next to Kabul, which is viewed as a gateway to the capital and has been the focus of counterinsurgency efforts in recent years.

‘Murdering innocent people’

The Taliban have staged numerous attacks against U.S.-led coalition forces in the province. In August 2011, insurgents shot down a Chinook helicopter, killing 30 American troops, mostly elite Navy SEALs, in Wardak. The crash was the single deadliest loss for U.S. forces in the war. Afghan forces have taken the lead in many such special operations, especially so-called night raids.

A statement the security council issued in English said the armed individuals have allegedly been “harassing, annoying, torturing and even murdering innocent people.” Ceasing all such operations could have a negative impact on the coalition’s campaign to go after Taliban leaders and commanders, who are usually the target of such operations.

The brazen assaults, which occurred within a three-hour timespan, were the latest to strike Afghan forces, who have suffered higher casualties this year as U.S. and other foreign troops gradually take a back seat and shift responsibility for security to the government.

Do you think making the U.S. special forces leave Wardak is a good idea? Feel free to discuss the possible outcomes of this situation!

Source: Patrick Quinn, Associated Press, Yahoo News

Image: USA Today