by Pauline Boyle, ©2018

(Aug. 6, 2018) — [Editor’s Note:  Part 9 of a video series created by the widow of a civilian contractor killed in Afghanistan in 2012 revealed that the insurgent attack on the base where Thomas J. Boyle, Jr. was stationed was led by a former Guantánamo Bay prisoner deemed at the time to be an “enemy combatant.”

The new video is here:

Captured in 2003, Haji Bismullah was released from the U.S. detention facility in Cuba in January 2009 after reportedly reassessed as posing no threat to the U.S. or its interests.

On the morning of June 19, 2012, Bismullah led an IED attack on Forward Operating Base (FOB) Kandahar, Afghanistan, wounding ten soldiers who were medivacced by helicopter to the nearest Army medical facility. In the melée which followed, Boyle was shot and killed, but the Army has never said by whom, and no one has taken responsibility.

Because the cause of Mr. Boyle’s death is unclear and unofficial, his widow has been denied life insurance benefits which both believed would be paid to her if Mr. Boyle were to be killed overseas.

As Mrs. Boyle has reported to this publication over the last 2+ years and in her video series, evidence she obtained by commissioning an independent autopsy on her husband’s body shows that gunshot wounds were sewn shut and that none of the three causes of death provided to her on as many death certificates by the Army appears to have been the real cause.

Mrs. Boyle is convinced that her husband was killed by friendly fire coming from Tower 5 of the FOB just after the insurgents launched their attack. Her conviction is based not only on the second autopsy, but also on eyewitness accounts related to her from soldiers who were there that day and an assessment from a private individual trained in gunshot forensics.

Part 8 and preceding videos in the series can be accessed here.]

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.