6 US jets destroyed in Harry base attack in Afghanistan
Sept. 16, 2012 - Six US fighter jets have been destroyed in Taliban attack on Prince Harry base in Southern Afghanistan in which two American soldiers were killed.
NATO said on Sunday that the six jets were destroyed on Friday after the attackers armed with rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles stormed the British air base in Afghanistan, leaving two US Marines dead.
The attack comes following fresh angry protests across the war-ravaged country against an anti-Islam movie and the country’s lawmakers call for the cancellation of a security pact with the United States.
Two US Marines killed in attack on Prince Harry's base in southern Afghanistan
|Britain's Prince Harry (L) fascinated by the interior of an Apache helicopter. He's in Helmand Province but there can be little doubt that the arrogant little prick is well protected by the Crown. - LMB, Axis of Logic
Two US Marines have been killed in a Taliban attack on a military post in southern Afghanistan where Britain’s Prince Harry is currently stationed.
Prince Harry, 27, was "not in any danger" in the attack, which involved small arms and mortar or rocket fire and started around midnight local time Saturday (1930 GMT Friday), Master Sergeant Bob Barko of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.
"The information we have is that he was not in any danger," Reuters quoted Barko as saying.
He added that several other soldiers were wounded in the attack on the heavily-fortified Camp Bastion in the southern province of Helmand.
Prince Harry has been deployed at the base as a military helicopter pilot.
The British Ministry of Defense said any risk "has been, and will continue to be, assessed."
Over 250 US troops have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year.
The increasing number of military casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war.
The US-led war in Afghanistan began in 2001. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan, despite the presence of about 130,000 US-led troops.
Source: Press TV