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cprcpr Posts: 9,301 Admiral
This happened last week and the US media ignored it.

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/09/marine-camp-bastion-afghanistan-attack-taliban-091712/

Bastion attack kills squadron CO, sergeant
By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Sep 17, 2012 17:41:24 EDT
U.S. forces in Afghanistan were moving forward Monday following a bold attack on Camp Bastion that killed two Marines, including the commanding officer of a Harrier squadron, wounded nine other U.S. personnel and destroyed six Harrier jump jets.

Lt. Col. Christopher Raible, 40, and Sgt. Bradley Atwell, 27, were killed after 15 insurgents armed with automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and suicide vests breached the perimeter of Bastion about 10 p.m. Friday. Raible served as the commanding officer of Marine Attack Squadron 211, and Atwell was assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13. Both units are out of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.


Base attackers wore U.S. camo, destroyed jets (9/15)

The attack significantly damaged two additional AV-8B Harriers, each worth about $24 million, and destroyed three refueling stations, U.S. military officials said in a statement released Saturday. Six soft-skin aircraft hangars also were damaged.

Maj. Gen. Gregg Sturdevant, the two-star officer overseeing Marine aviation in Helmand province, said Monday that the attack had minimal effect on U.S. and coalition operations the night of the attack. He recommended to Maj. Gen. Charles Gurganus, the top commander in southwestern Afghanistan, that the destroyed aircraft be replaced, and expects that will occur.

“I think it’s important for us to get the Harriers and reconstitute that capability as quickly as possible,” Sturdevant said in a phone interview from Afghanistan with Marine Corps Times.

The attack was launched on a British base that is home to several U.S. Marine aviation units and coalition forces from several other countries. It abuts Camp Leatherneck, the main hub of Marine operations in Afghanistan, forming a sprawling complex connected by bus routes and other services.

Sturdevant, commanding officer of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), told Marine Corps Times that the “more intense fighting was in the first hour or so” after the insurgents breached the wire. However, it took about five hours to ensure that the base was secure.
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  • Conchy CrackerConchy Cracker Posts: 10,454 Officer
    What's next? You wanting pictures of flag draped coffins returning to Dover?

    :nono:nono:nono
  • tagtag Posts: 9,412 Admiral
    What's next? You wanting pictures of flag draped coffins returning to Dover?

    :nono:nono:nono

    Maybe since a US Marine squadron hasn't suffered this much damage in one attack since WWII cpr feels the need not to let this failure of leadership by the Obama administration get sweeped under the rug.
  • razorreilly09razorreilly09 Posts: 8,401 Admiral
    How about the failure of Maj. Gen. Gregg Sturdevant?
  • Big BatteryBig Battery Posts: 21,687 AG
    The war is OVER and we lost. Time to face it and leave.
  • cprcpr Posts: 9,301 Admiral
    tag wrote: »
    Maybe since a US Marine squadron hasn't suffered this much damage in one attack since WWII cpr feels the need not to let this failure of leadership by the Obama administration get sweeped under the rug.


    This is big news, it should be investigated. I'm amazed this wasn't covered.

    And tag is right this is the the most damaging attack on air assets since WW2. The US media has quit. It is now an entertainment, sales and political instrument. Hard news is dead.
    "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." F. Scott Fitzgerald

    "Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future." Niels Bohr
  • razorreilly09razorreilly09 Posts: 8,401 Admiral
    cpr wrote: »
    This is big news, it should be investigated. I'm amazed this wasn't covered.

    And tag is right this is the the most damaging attack on air assets since WW2. The US media has quit. It is now an entertainment, sales and political instrument. Hard news is dead.

    desensitized is more like it
  • cprcpr Posts: 9,301 Admiral
    The war is OVER and we lost. Time to face it and leave.

    Call it a draw and go home. We did it in 1812, the quasi war and Korea and VN. Time to call it a day.
    "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." F. Scott Fitzgerald

    "Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future." Niels Bohr
  • Conchy CrackerConchy Cracker Posts: 10,454 Officer
    cpr wrote: »
    This is big news, it should be investigated. I'm amazed this wasn't covered.

    And tag is right this is the the most damaging attack on air assets since WW2. The US media has quit. It is now an entertainment, sales and political instrument. Hard news is dead.

    Actually it was extensively covered, do you know how to do a google news search?
  • Conchy CrackerConchy Cracker Posts: 10,454 Officer
    Upon some additional checking I do see Fox news didn't cover the story. Perhaps that's why you think it wasn't covered in MSM....
  • Big BatteryBig Battery Posts: 21,687 AG
    cpr wrote: »
    Call it a draw and go home. We did it in 1812, the quasi war and Korea and VN. Time to call it a day.

    We lost Vietnam too... Korea was a draw.
  • sjm1582002sjm1582002 Posts: 4,364 Captain
    "They made a wasteland, and called it peace."
    --Tacitus
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