US lost eight jets in worst air loss in one day since Vietnam war

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posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 10:53 PM
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US lost eight jets in worst air loss in one day since Vietnam war


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After Taliban gunmen destroyed eight Harrier jets at a US camp in Helmand Province, the US military has suffered its worst air loss in one day since the Vietnam War.

The Taliban attacked Camp Bastion, the main strategic base in southwestern Afghanistan, on Sept. 14, causing $200 million in damage in the single most destructive strike on a Western base during the war, according to military officials.

Two Marines were killed, nine coalition personnel were wounded and six jets costing between $23 million and $30 million were completely destroyed.
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posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 10:53 PM
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Thats around $2 billion in jets. I bet who ever was in charge of security and the people on watch sure got a lashing for this. Does any one know how many total HJJ the military has? It would be interesting how much of the fleet was lost in one night. Also the gun fight went on for over 2 hours seems like a long time for 15 guys. But I wasn't there so who knows



Its $200,000,000 sorry added another zero when I added
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posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 10:55 PM
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Already posted it mate, www.abovetopsecret.com...



posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 10:58 PM
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This wasn't on the news except for the attack part. Other than that nothing about loosing a billion dollars in Military hardware. Interesting. I wonder if we let them attack to give us an excuse to ratchet up the War Machine again. Add the horrible made Movie that has created unbelievable hatred from Muslim extremists all of a sudden it seems like a calculated move to incite more problems. Considering we have the Taliban on the payroll again and most likely Hezbollah, etc.



posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 11:04 PM
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where did you get 1 billion dollars from? Or even 2 billion?
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posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 11:10 PM
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Sorry did a search for it and looked threw the recent post and didnt see any thing and its 200,000,000 sorry my mistakes.



posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 11:22 PM
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lol and I didnt mean to seem like I was attacking your argument, I was just wondering. 200M is still a big loss.

The attack is a big hit, and im just assuming, but some watch tower guys saw US military uniforms and said "sure" then they showed there true colors and well the rest is written.



posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 11:28 PM
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Didn't take it that way at all just felt really stupid. lol as I was adding I was thinking make sure you got the right number of zeros and I failed.



posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 11:31 PM
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I thought they were harriers in a UK base?



posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 11:33 PM
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200M is still a big loss.

Damn straight. And it cost a buck 2 fifty for the RPG's that did it.

Heres some footage of nothing augmented by Panetta. Interesting that a US military spokesman concurs 6 craft destroyed and 2 damaged. What a night that must have been.

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posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 11:34 PM
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And they went in knowing they weren't coming out alive,must have really wanted to destroy those aircraft,yet nobody is asking the question why?
They took out these airplanes because they are from an occupying force that is bombing there people..to some these 'terrorists' are hero's,turn it around and you would feel the same way,can't put a price tag on millions of lives.
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posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 11:35 PM
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US Marines use harriers as well, but i believe this was an US Army base/UK military base.

but since this was/is where Prince Harry is stationed then it is prob harriers, but if its American then it is prob f15s. Does anyone know they type of air craft, and whose? Cus thats a lot of chowda for the British to swallow lol.



posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 11:35 PM
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It was Camp Bastion. Is that a UK base? To be totaly honest I didn't know the UK had military bases in Afghanistan. Why do they?



posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 11:36 PM
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Originally posted by zonetripper2065
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I thought they were harriers in a UK base?


It is an ISAF airfield that includes U.S. Camp Leatherneck and the UK’s Camp Bastion.

it has been reported elsewhere in the MSM - eg here, and on the ISAF website

it's kind of odd that all the attackers died except for the 1 who was captured wounded, but this is somehow being represented as a great victory for the Taliban/defeat for ISAF - despite the jets being essentially obsolete - I guess that is a mark of assymetric warfare
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posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 11:44 PM
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I guess to them a few jets a big dent. Meanwhile it's not even a drop in the pot. not even a scratch on the allied forces lol.
Probably would have cost more to decommission and dump them.



posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 11:50 PM
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it's kind of odd that all the attackers died except for the 1 who was captured wounded,

No its not. What do you do with a combatant that refuses to surrender and keeps on shooting at you... at night?


but this is somehow being represented as a great victory for the Taliban/defeat for ISAF - despite the jets being essentially obsolete -

It was a victory. 15 goat herders against one airbase? And the Harrier is not obsolete. Especially in the mountainous region it is deployed. Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) precludes the use of runways, making it ideally suited for low level close support missions. Taking these out on the ground where they nest is the only alternative to the Afghans. Rather die doing that than popping at them in the steep valleys with AK's. What dedication, huh?



posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 11:55 PM
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Originally posted by zonetripper2065
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I guess to them a few jets a big dent. Meanwhile it's not even a drop in the pot. not even a scratch on the allied forces lol.
Probably would have cost more to decommission and dump them.


Yah,
only 8 Harriers that won't be running air strikes on them anymore. Guess their brothers will be sleeping better tonight.

However base personnel won't be getting much for sleep for a while.



posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 11:56 PM
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Wow even the Taliban are blaming that video now !


Camp Bastion is one of the largest and best-defended posts in Afghanistan, making it troubling that the attackers were able to inflict so much damage.

“We’re saying it’s a very sophisticated attack,” a military official told the Times. “We’ve lost aircraft in battle, but nothing like this.”

The Taliban made a statement blaming the attack on the anti-Muslim video that sparked outrage in the Arab world. But Wahid Mujda, an Afghan analyst who tracks the Taliban, told the Times that an attack as sophisticated as this one took a lot of planning and training, thereby being unrelated to the release of the video.


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posted on Sep, 18 2012 @ 12:01 AM
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Further in a nutshell:




posted on Sep, 18 2012 @ 12:04 AM
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My thing with that video is that it clearly violates the terms and conditions for you tube and they still kept it up? Its almost like they are trying to provoke this so they have a reason to keep every on against each other.





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