Thursday, June 23, 2011

Attack on American Convoy in Baghdad Kills USAID Contractor, Wounds Three

The State Department has now released the name of the the USAID contractor killed in the June 23 attack on a US convoy in Iraq. The three individuals wounded have not been identified.  From the Spokesman:

Iraq: Terrorist Attack on American Convoy in Baghdad | June 23, 2011

The United States condemns a terrorist attack in Baghdad today that claimed the life of international development and finance expert Dr. Stephen Everhart and wounded three others. 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. His support of efforts to advance a modern and efficient financial sector has benefited the people and business enterprises of Iraq and his lifelong dedication to public service has improved the lives of countless people around the world.

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.

According to an Iraqi police official cited by AP, the American contractors were visiting a satellite office of Mustansiriyah University in eastern Baghdad when they were hit by a roadside bomb. .

This is the second time in several days that a civilian convoy was attacked in Iraq. On June 20, a French embassy convoy was hit by a roadside bomb in Baghdad, wounding at least seven people.

Two is not a trend, but this is worrisome; how much worse can this get post-military withdrawal?

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