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On the night of September 14th 2012, at approximately 22:00 local time, 15 Taliban insurgents dressed in US Army uniforms launched a raid on the eastern side of Camp Bastion.

Although fourteen of the Taliban fighters were ultimately killed in action, and the fifteenth captured, they caused a considerable amount of damage to the base and the aircraft at it:
  • Two US Marine Corps (USMC) service personnel were killed

  • Eight coalition troops and one civilian contractor were injured.

  • Six AV-8B Harrier IIs were destroyed.

  • Two AV-8B Harrier IIs were severely damaged.

  • Three refueling stations were destroyed.

  • Six soft-skin aircraft hangars were damaged.
After the attack, the Taliban stated that the attack was in response to the film the Innocence of Muslims. They haved also claimed that the British Royal, Prince Harry, was stationed at the base at the time, was the target of the attack.


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