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How The Taliban Breached The 'Impregnable' Desert Fortress
London Sunday Telegraph ^ | 9/16/12 | Rayment

Posted on 09/18/2012 8:15:21 AM PDT by pabianice

IT WAS supposed to be impregnable - the safest military base in the world. A veritable fortress positioned in the middle of the arid, empty Helmand desert, isolated but not vulnerable.

It was often said of Camp Bastion that the only correct decision that Britain made during its torrid history in Afghanistan was to build the base in the middle of nowhere, with isolation as its primary strength.

Anyone approaching from any direction should be easily spotted, tracked, identified - and, should they pose a threat, destroyed. That, at least, was the theory.

But the events of last Friday, when a force of Taliban gunmen managed to move up to and breach the security at Bastion at about 10pm local time, supposedly without being seen or heard, have sent a shock wave through Nato's high command.

Initial reports state that the Taliban had been monitoring the eastern side of Camp Bastion for at least two weeks and had been posing as farmers in a maize plantation.

The attack only ever had one aim. It was a suicide mission designed to demonstrate that the Taliban can attack any Nato installation, no matter how secure.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


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1 posted on 09/18/2012 8:15:24 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice

Did not find article at the link.


2 posted on 09/18/2012 8:19:47 AM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American that a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: pabianice

“The attack only ever had one aim. It was a suicide mission designed to demonstrate that the Taliban can attack any Nato installation, no matter how secure.”

Just how does the author KNOW that was the only aim? Total drama on its part.


3 posted on 09/18/2012 8:19:59 AM PDT by CodeToad (Be Prepared...They Are.)
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To: pabianice

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9545508/Ive-been-inside-Camp-Bastion-and-it-seemed-like-the-safest-place-on-earth.html


4 posted on 09/18/2012 8:22:44 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: pabianice

I couldn’t find the article - is there a direct link to it?


5 posted on 09/18/2012 8:22:44 AM PDT by livius
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To: CodeToad

If only Western journalists would write in such glowing terms about the NATO military personnel. They get plenty of ink when they do something wrong, though.


6 posted on 09/18/2012 8:23:10 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Whatever a homosexual union might be or represent, it is not physically marital. - F.Cardinal George)
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To: CodeToad

UAVs used for observation are great but there are limits to their effectiveness.

The UAV video has to be carefully observed requiring alert personnel.

The enemy will create interesting and suspicious activity as a distraction for the UAVs while important activity is taking place elsewhere.

Normal civilian activity may obscure or cover infiltration.


7 posted on 09/18/2012 8:25:39 AM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American that a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: Monterrosa-24; pabianice; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; ...
Re: Did not find article at the link.

Gadzooks! Did not find... link? Try http://conman-currentmil-technews.blogspot.com/2012/09/how-taliban-breached-impregnable-desert.html

8 posted on 09/18/2012 8:29:25 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Zhang Fei

Thanks.

Interesting article. The attack was clearly coordinated on the basis of inside information.

I read this morning that one of the Marines killed was one of the most senior Marines to have been killed in the war. He was the commander of the Harrier squadron. Wonder if they knw that, too?


9 posted on 09/18/2012 8:31:17 AM PDT by livius
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To: livius
Interesting article. The attack was clearly coordinated on the basis of inside information.

My guess is that the people responsible for security probably slacked off, figuring that geography would do most of their job for them. It's perfectly natural and works most of the time. Until it stops working...

10 posted on 09/18/2012 8:34:30 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: pabianice
How The Taliban Breached The 'Impregnable' Desert Fortress

KNOCK KNOCK
"Who's there?"
"Candygram."

11 posted on 09/18/2012 8:36:01 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: Zhang Fei

Probably. Also, they were obviously too comfortable with the locals. Letting them “farm maize” that close to the base was not a good idea.


12 posted on 09/18/2012 8:39:58 AM PDT by livius
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To: Roccus

It’s pretty obvious, wait until you hear the JAWS theme. When you hear the Duh Da, Duh Da they are at the gate easy peasy.


13 posted on 09/18/2012 8:40:44 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: livius

Move the locals or move the base. It’s that simple.


14 posted on 09/18/2012 8:45:33 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("The opposite of compromise is character." -- Frederick Douglass)
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To: pabianice

If this attack had taken place under Bush CBS NBC ABC CNN would lead with it and give it extensive coverage


15 posted on 09/18/2012 8:46:31 AM PDT by uncbob
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To: pabianice

It’s pretty hard to win a war when you can’t tell who the enemy is. It’s time to pull out. There is nothing worth saving over there. If the Muzzies rise up again, bomb them back to dust and leave again.


16 posted on 09/18/2012 9:09:49 AM PDT by aimhigh
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To: Monterrosa-24
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17 posted on 09/18/2012 9:10:00 AM PDT by robowombat
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To: pabianice

The increase int he numbers of NATO personnel deaths and the stupid continuing policy to train Afghanis should have given some of our NATO military leaders pause. I cannot believe that they thought this so impregnable, especially with them taking every possible opportunity to kill as many as possible. Are Afghanis the gate keepers there? The security people? I’m sure there must be some among the security staff.


18 posted on 09/18/2012 9:12:34 AM PDT by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: pabianice

General George S. Patton — when asked about the Siegfried Line — reportedly said “Fixed fortifications are monuments to the stupidity of man.”

Ask Churchill about the impregnable fortress of Singapore.

War is about eliminating your enemy’s ability to resist.


19 posted on 09/18/2012 9:15:53 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: pabianice

http://www.michaelyon-online.com/afghanistan-when-the-moon-sets-watch-out.htm

Here is a terrific story on how the Taliban pulled off the attack by a former SFer, the incomparable Michael Yon.

“Afghanistan: When the moon sets, watch out!”


20 posted on 09/18/2012 9:17:16 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

Great article, dispels the myth of many who believe that American troops own the night.


21 posted on 09/18/2012 9:33:41 AM PDT by AmericanSamurai
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To: robowombat

Myth Romney .... IS THE NEW DUKAKSIS ... another gay-marriage socialist health care liberal ....


22 posted on 09/18/2012 9:48:42 AM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin will DEFEAT the Obama-Romney Socialist Gay-Marriage Axis of Evil)
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To: Patton@Bastogne

Stick a fork in it, obamao wins second term? smh


23 posted on 09/18/2012 9:51:21 AM PDT by AmericanSamurai
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To: pabianice

Panetta needs to go as a lesson to the rest.


24 posted on 09/18/2012 10:08:01 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: AmericanSamurai
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Hey ... I never said that I wanted Obama to win a second term ...

but ... Myth Romney WILL NOT WIN ...

Period.


You should hear Rush Limbaugh on the radio today ...

BEGGING Myth to run a decent campaign ...

Myth Romney is a lost cause.



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25 posted on 09/18/2012 10:11:14 AM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin will DEFEAT the Obama-Romney Socialist Gay-Marriage Axis of Evil)
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To: Patton@Bastogne

No, I am saying I don’t think Rom will win. obamoids are begging more koolaid than obama can dish out, it is sickening.


26 posted on 09/18/2012 10:16:45 AM PDT by AmericanSamurai
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To: pabianice

Too many fox-hole butt-buddies were on guard duty?


27 posted on 09/18/2012 10:39:25 AM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: Patton@Bastogne
What ever Romney is you better hope he is elected rather than BHO , Mr. Dissociative personality flaw seething with generalized rage at normative Americans and their institutions thanks to the special grooming and queering he got at the hands, literally, of ‘Uncle Frank’. This guy hates himself and everybody else as well and is determined ‘somebody is going to pay bigtime’ for the feelings of worthlessness and futility that run rampant through his psyche or what our ancestors would call his soul.
28 posted on 09/18/2012 4:24:54 PM PDT by robowombat
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