Four Workers of Herndon Firm Killed in Iraq

From the Associated Press: Four private security agents from Herndon-based Triple Canopy were killed in a roadside bombing near Basra on Wednesday.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the four men were employees of Triple Canopy, Inc., a security company doing contract work for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, which is responsible for protecting U.S. diplomats at home and abroad. The service also protects foreign diplomats in the United States.

Alan Ptak, senior vice president for the company, identified the four men as: Ryan Young of Lewisburg; Ronald Hyatt of Calera, Ala.; Robert McCoy of Refugio, Texas; Robert Pole of Miller Place, N.Y.

The bombing was noteworthy because attacks against Americans around Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, are rare. The U.S. has only a minimal presence in the area. Also, Shiites, who are the dominant population in the south, have found themselves the political winners as new government structures take shape after the U.S.-led invasion.

In a statement posted on a Web site known as a clearing house of militant claims, al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility for the attack.

The bomb flipped the Americans' SUV onto its roof in a ravine alongside a highway near Basra, a major oil center that is under the control of Britain's 8,500-strong contingent.

By Steve Fehr |  September 8, 2005; 3:44 PM ET  | Category:  Misc.
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