Sep 15, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Also a very detailed report here on how the attack went down, beat by beat…
Excerpted from The Telegraph: Nineteen Taliban attackers armed rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and automatic weapons breached the perimeter of Camp Bastion in a well-planned raid which shocked senior officers.
Two American Marines were killed and five aircraft damaged or destroyed five aircraft before Western soldiers led by British troops killed 18 of the attackers and took one prisoner.
The Taliban rushed to claim a propaganda victory, saying that Prince Harry, who is an Apache helicopter pilot based at Bastion, was the intended victim of the attack.
They also said they had been inspired to attack the camp, home to 28,000 personnel, by an American-made film which insults the prophet Mohammed, and which has prompted attacks on Westerm
Qari Youssef Ahmadi, the Taliban’s spokesman, said: “We attacked that base because Prince Harry was also on it and so they can know our anger. Thousands more suicide attackers are ready to give up their lives for the sake of the Prophet.”