Afghan rocket attack damages US military chief Dempsey's plane

Published: August 21, 2012
The attack posed no threat to the safety of Dempsey or his staff. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

The attack posed no threat to the safety of Dempsey or his staff. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

BAGRAM: A rocket fired on a US airbase in Afghanistan early Tuesday damaged the aircraft of America’s top military officer and wounded two of the maintenance crew, officers said.

Two insurgent rockets struck the vast Bagram air field overnight, with one causing damage to the C-17 used by General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, who left the base using another plane, his spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan said.

Shrapnel from the rocket struck the door of the plane while it was parked on the runway, with two American maintenance crew suffering minor injuries in the attack, Lapan said.

The attack posed no threat to the safety of Dempsey or his staff, who were asleep in their quarters at the time of the incident, officers said.

Although sporadic shelling of Bagram is not uncommon, Taliban insurgents rarely manage to inflict serious damage or casualties at the base, according to military reports.

Dempsey had been visiting Kabul to meet commanders of the NATO-led force and Afghan top brass amid a surge in assaults by Afghan security personnel on their international colleagues.

A total of 10 soldiers, mostly Americans, have lost their lives at the hands of their Afghan allies in the past two weeks, and the attacks have caused almost one in every four coalition deaths in the war so far this month.

The total of 40 deaths so far this year amount to 13 percent of all international coalition fatalities in 2012.

The assaults have confounded the international force, which has touted its partnership with Afghan troops as the key to withdrawing its combat troops over the next two years.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Freedom Seeker
    Aug 21, 2012 - 1:50PM

    Right on target. General must be mad at Haqanis by now.


  • Cautious
    Aug 21, 2012 - 1:53PM

    This is a made up story to defame US forces ability to protect its bases.
    Its not Kamra that Pakistan military failed to protect.


  • Nazir Ahmed
    Aug 21, 2012 - 2:36PM

    Dear sir,
    Americans sud be careful in coming weeks as the surgent attackes are rising in the past few weeks.


  • Aug 21, 2012 - 3:10PM

    Crazy Talibans!


  • Nasir Mahmood
    Aug 21, 2012 - 3:51PM

    Haqqani Group be careful, the statement is just on its way to blame you.Recommend

  • antanu g
    Aug 21, 2012 - 4:26PM

    funny….how you indulge in denial mode while accusing others for the sameRecommend

  • Shah
    Aug 21, 2012 - 5:28PM


    yeah yeah…


  • Zeta
    Aug 21, 2012 - 5:31PM

    Mind telling how Pakistan failed to protect its base. Assests were not harmed. You indians keep showing your utter ignorance. Also how this is made up story?


  • THE
    Aug 21, 2012 - 5:48PM

    @Cautious: Indian ignorance and hate have crossed all limits on these pages!


  • Asad
    Aug 21, 2012 - 6:35PM

    Tit For Tat.. A reply by ISI!


  • Mohd Butt
    Aug 21, 2012 - 6:48PM

    The general must have tasted what NATO are into day after day. the best thing is to leave Afghanistan, they are very disrespectful to the invaders,


  • Cautious
    Aug 21, 2012 - 11:20PM

    Pretty lame to use someone’s moniker on this forum. Comparing firing long distance mortars at an air base to a group of militants scaling the walls with AK”s and RPG’s is a bit of a stretch. US air bases in combat zones get periodic mortar fire on occasion – they are generally inaccurate and rarely hit anything of value.


  • Cautious
    Aug 22, 2012 - 1:32AM

    It’s pathetic when someone uses another persons moniker on this forum – childish behavior.


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