October 26, 2014

Deadly Camp Bastion attack review finds troops let guard down

By Sadaf Shinwari - Sat Feb 09 2013, 10:19 am

Deadly Camp Bastion attack review finds troops let guard downSome guard towers on an allied military base in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan were unattended during a Taliban militants raid last September, National Public Radio (NPR) reported.

Capitol Hill sources told NPR the insurgents “got lucky” by cutting through the fence at a remote area of the base in Helmand Province.

According to Marine Corps review allied troops “let their guard down” at Camp Bastion and have now “vastly” beefed up security with sensors and more British and American guards, but there is no indication anyone will be held accountable.

A House staffer said, (Allied military officers) considered this kind of an attack a low probability.”

In the meantime Pentagon and Capitol Hill sources quoted by NPR said said, the troops who were providing some of the perimeter security at the time were from the country of Tonga, an archipelago in the South Pacific.

The Marine Corps said its top leadership, including Marine Commandant, General James Amos, were being briefed on the results and had no immediate comment.

A group of 15 Taliban militants dressed in American Army uniforms sliced a hole in the fence at a corner of the Camp Bastion, a British base that adjoins Camp Leatherneck on the night of September 14th.

At least three coalition forces service members including Marine Lt. Col. Chris Raible, a Harrier squadron commander from Pennsylvania and Marine Sgt. Bradley Atwell of Indiana during the Taliban spree.

Clashes reportedly continued for almost four hours and at least eight harrier jets at a cost of between $200 million and $300 million were damaged following the attack.

Britain’s Prince Harry, an attack helicopter pilot, happened to be at the base and was moved to a secure location.

Coalition officials confirmed that it was local Taliban, and the investigation into their activities continues despite Haqqani network based in Pakistan was believed to be behind the attack.

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