I was going to link to someone’s else story on this, but I’ll be damned if I’ll link Huffington Post, and CNN isn’t much better. So from various sources, I’ll try to write my own post.
Camp Bastion in Helmand province, Afghanistan, came under attack late Friday evening local time. Camp Bastion is a British military base and adjoins the U.S. Camp Leatherneck. Prince Harry, a.k.a. Captain Wales is stationed there as an Apache helicopter pilot. This attack must have been planned for some time, as the Taliban were wearing U.S. Army uniforms and used small arms, rockets and mortars in the attack.
Camp Bastion is situated in the middle of the desert with excellent visibility all around, says the BBC’s Jonathan Beale in Kabul. It is extremely heavily fortified and coalition forces are investigating how militants were able to stage the brazen surprise assault.
At least 14 Taliban, 2 Marines, and 2 Afghan soldiers were killed in the attack. Six AV-8B Harrier jets, six aircraft hangars, and three (I also saw six reported) refueling stations were destroyed in the attack.
Elsewhere in Helmand, in Nahr-e Saraj, two British soldiers were shot and killed at a checkpoint by an Afghan police officer. These “green on blue” killings have got to stop.
My sympathies to the families of those Americans and British fallen in the line of duty.