CIA deaths on the job

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Ninety CIA employees have been posthumously honored for their deaths in the line of duty since the agency's inception in 1947. Fatal incidents include:

October 2003: Two CIA contractors die while tracking terrorists near Shkin, Afghanistan.

Feb. 5, 2003: A CIA officer is killed in eastern Afghanistan during a training exercise.

Nov. 28, 2001: CIA officer Johnny Michael Spann is fatally shot during an uprising by Taliban prisoners near Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan.

1998: Two CIA officers die in the line of duty.

1993: On Jan. 25, two CIA employees are killed at the gates of the agency headquarters in Langley. In August, a CIA officer is killed in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

1989: Eight CIA employees are killed in the course of the year, including six on board a CIA plane that crashed Nov. 30 while carrying military equipment from Zaire to Angola.

March 16, 1984: CIA Beirut station chief William Buckley is kidnapped. After being tortured, he is killed in 1985.

April 18, 1983: 17 Americans, including eight CIA employees, are killed in the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.

1965: Seven CIA employees die, most of them in Vietnam.

Sources: News reports and "The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives," by Ted Gup.

-- Staff researcher Julie Tate

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