An American student killed in a bombing Tuesday in a Sadr City district office is the second fatality in as many months in the military's controversial Human Terrain Systems program.
According to a statement issued by BAE Systems, Nicole Suveges, 38, died in the Sadr City blast that target Iraqi and American officials. BAE, a British contractor, works with the US military to embed social scientists in field units as part of the controversial Human Terrain Systems (HTS) program, announced.
Ten people died in the attack, six Iraqis and four Americans, two of whom were civilians.
Suveges, a native of Wauconda, Illinois, was a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, according to BAE's statement. The firm said she "was supporting the U.S. Army’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 4th Infantry Division, as part of the Human Terrain System (HTS) program."
According to BAE, Suveges began her tour in Iraq in April, but had worked for a year as a civilian contractor in the country before that.
The Chronicle of Higher Education points out that Suveges was the second fatality in the military's HTS program in less than two months, after the May 7 death of Michael V. Bhatia, a graduate student at the University of Oxford. Bhatia was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
The HTS program has drawn controversy for its linking of academics to events on the battlefield.
One other US civilian was killed in Tuesday's Sadr City explosion, whom the State Department has identified as Steven L. Farley of Guthrie, Oklahoma, a member of a State Department provincial reconstruction team.
Full text of the BAE statement is available here.