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PRINCE HARRY TALIBAN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT: HOW US MARINES WHISKED PRINCE HARRY TO CAMP BASTION SAFE-HOUSE ON 2012 WHEN 15 TALIBAN SUICIDE-SQUAD RAIDED BRITISH BASE IN AFGHANISTAN TO KILL THE PRINCE

Reliving the day: Details of the September 2012 raid were state secrets until now

Revealed: How Prince Harry was whisked to Camp Bastion safe-house as US  Marines battled Taliban suicide-squad who infiltrated base in assassination  attempt

  • September 2012 Camp Bastion raid was a  Taliban raid that killed two United States Marine Corps (USMC) service personnel  and destroyed or severely damaged eight aircraft
  • The total cost to the United States  military was $200 million
  • The British base in the Helmand Province  of Afghanistan was home to serving military officer Prince Harry
  • The raid on the aircraft was also an  assassination attempt on the Prince’s life by the  Taliban

By  James Nye Daily mail PUBLISHED: 5 September 2013

Prince Harry was frantically rushed into a  heavily secured safe-house during the Camp Bastion raid of September 2012 as 15  heavily armed Taliban soldiers ran amok in the British base, a new report  claims.

The fourth-in-line to the British throne was  serving at the base in Afghanistan when fighters dressed in U.S. Army uniforms  unleashed a ground assault on September 14th and destroyed or damaged eight  aircraft worth a total of $200 million.

Two U.S. Marines also lost their lives in the  melee described as ‘the worst loss of U.S. air-power in a single incident since  the Vietnam War’ and Captain Harry Wales, identified as a legitimate military  target by the Taliban, survived the four hour battle that raged inside the base  which had been thought to be impregnable.

Serving Royal: Prince Harry readies himself for duties in Afghanistan during one of his two deployments to the war-torn nation Serving Royal: Prince Harry readies himself for duties  in Afghanistan during one of his two deployments to the war-torn nation

 

Soldier Prince: Britain's Prince Harry at Camp Bastion, southern Afghanistan in this photograph taken December 12, 2012, and released January 21, 2013. The Prince, who served as a pilot/gunner with 662 Squadron Army Air Corps
Soldier Prince: Britain's Prince Harry at Camp Bastion, southern Afghanistan in this photograph taken December 12, 2012, and released January 21, 2013. The Prince, who served as a pilot/gunner with 662 Squadron Army Air Corps

Soldier Prince: Britain’s Prince Harry at Camp Bastion,  southern Afghanistan in this photograph taken December 12, 2012, and released  January 21, 2013. The Prince, who served as a pilot/gunner with 662 Squadron  Army Air Corps

 

 

Prince Harry had arrived for a three-month  tour flying an Apache helicopter, prompting the Taliban to threaten to kill or  kidnap him.

‘We have informed our commanders in Helmand  to do whatever they can to eliminate him,’ Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid  had told the press four days earlier.

The British military laughed off the idea.  ‘That’s not a matter of concern,’ said NATO chief Anders Fogh  Rasmussen.

Published in GQ magazine’s September magazine, the untold story of the  raid paints a picture of heroism and co-operation between the militaries of the  United States and the United Kingdom.

Reliving the day: Details of the September 2012 raid were state secrets until nowReliving the day: Details of the September 2012 raid  were state secrets until now

 

 

The complex assault unfolded around 10 p.m.  under a moon-less night as the Taliban suicide squad approached the heavily  guarded perimeter fence of the British military base, which had become a virtual  city in the six years since it was first established.

Several square miles in size, Camp Bastion is  home to 28,000 service personel from the United States and British forces in the  Helmand Province of war-torn Afghanistan.

Splitting into three groups of five,  the men  cut through the fence wearing American military uniforms and  evaded the  floodlights and guard towers that dotted the perimeter.

Entering the base on the eastern side of Camp  Bastion near to the United States  Marine Corp aircraft hangers, the heavily  armed soldiers unleashed RPG  fire at the $30 million Harrier fighter jets  parked on the ground.

Captain John Buss was savoring a cigar at the  end of his day by the Marine’s  hanger, that being the only pleasure or vice  available to the serving  men and women because Camp Bastion was dry.

Devastation: The following picture shows what remains of one of the six Harrier jets in the aftermath of the Taliban attack on Camp Bastion on Sept. 14, 2012Devastation: The following picture shows what remains of  one of the six Harrier jets in the aftermath of the Taliban attack on Camp  Bastion on Sept. 14, 2012

 

Fiery Devastation: During the Camp Bastion Attack Nato claimed that Prince Harry was never in any danger despite the attack on Camp BastionFiery Devastation: During the Camp Bastion Attack Nato  claimed that Prince Harry was never in any danger despite the attack on Camp  Bastion

 

He heard gunfire inside the base and noting  this was weird squinted his eyes to see a group of men approaching the fighter  jets.

Suddenly one of them produced a  rocket-propelled-grenade launcher and fired at one of the Harriers causing it to  detonate into a fireball.

At the very same moment, helicopter-squadron  commander, Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Lightfoot felt his office rattle with the  vibrations from the explosion.

He initially thought the blast meant the base  was coming under attack from Taliban mortars but when he opened his door to see  what was going on he saw two Harrier jets ablaze and billowing smoke.

Remembered: Sergeant Atwell Memorial at Camp Bastion ercted in the aftermath of his heroic actions during the battle that raged on September 14th, 2012 Remembered: Sergeant Atwell Memorial at Camp Bastion  ercted in the aftermath of his heroic actions during the battle that raged on  September 14th, 2012

 

Combatants: Former Taliban fighters stand with their weapons during a ceremony after joining Afghan government forces in Herat on August 7, 2013 - In September 2012, Taliban soldiers attacked Camp Bastion dressed as American soldiersCombatants: Former Taliban fighters stand with their  weapons during a ceremony after joining Afghan government forces in Herat on  August 7, 2013 – In September 2012, Taliban soldiers attacked Camp Bastion  dressed as American soldiers

 

It was then that he heard the small-arms fire  too and the awful realization that the base, previously thought of as  impregnable, was coming under a ground assault.

He rushed to ready any aircraft he possibly  could and resolved immediately to put two Cobra attack helicopters into the air  in addition to one Huey, general purpose chopper.

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Raible, 40, a  Harrier fighter pilot was looking forward to a Skype date with his wife when the  battle commenced.

He was one mile away from the conflagration,  but put himself into a jeep and drove cautiously to one of the hangers to a  maintenance building where he saw three jets on fire.

Finding a dozen mechanics barricaded inside  the building, Raible knew that British support was almost two miles away and  that if they were to survive, he had to lead his men in a brave rearguard  action.

Although none of these men had entered combat  before, each one of them was a serving Marine and therefore trained in basic  infantry tactics.

‘All right, I need ten Marines to go take the  fight to these guys,’ he told them, and watched as each one of them gripped his  rifle and stepped forward to volunteer.

Camp Bastion is the main British military base in Afghanistan. Accommodating 28,000 people it is situated northwest of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand Province and is several square miles in sizeCamp Bastion is the main British military base in  Afghanistan. Accommodating 28,000 people it is situated northwest of Lashkar  Gah, the capital of Helmand Province and is several square miles in  size

 

Airborne Soldier: Britain's Prince Harry stands by his Apache helicopter in Camp Bastion, southern Afghanistan in this photograph taken October 31, 2012, and released January 21, 2013Airborne Soldier: Britain’s Prince Harry stands by his  Apache helicopter in Camp Bastion, southern Afghanistan in this photograph taken  October 31, 2012, and released January 21, 2013

 

Indeed, as the battle raged, it became  apparent in the confusion that the Camp Bastion’s size was proving to be a  weakness.

Support was not arriving on time and coupled  with the fact that the Marines could not tell friend from foe was hampering the  efforts to stop them in their tracks.

Another man interviewed by Matthieu Aikins  for GQ was Staff Sergeant Gustavo Delgado, 27, who was in the nearest  barracks.

A native of Chicago’s rough neighborhood of  Logan Square, Delgado was sitting with other sergeants talking about their  difficult childhoods, watching Tupac Shakur’s movie ‘Juice’ when the attack  exploded.

Rushing to help his comrades, Delgago saw a  figure firing towards the cryo-facility – where the Marines produced oxygen and  nitrogen for their jets – and took aim.

Delgado knew that if the Taliban fighters  managed to blow up the cryo-unit the blasts would be more deadly than any  RPG.

This was the first time that Delgago had  fired his weapon in anger and he told GQ that he marveled at how clinically he  took the insurgents life.

As the three groups of five were pinpointed  and tackled, the first American life was lost – Sergeant Bradley  Atwell.

He was hit by an RPG just as another officer,  Major Robb McDonald, arrived on the scene having run to his men.

Several square miles in size, Camp Bastion was home to 28,000 service personel from the United States and British military in the Helmand Province of war-torn Afghanistan.Several square miles in size, Camp Bastion was home to  28,000 service personel from the United States and British military in the  Helmand Province of war-torn Afghanistan.

 

He was met with a confused and demoralized  force, who informed him that in addition to Atwell, Lieutenant Colonel Raible  had perished too.

Within an hour of the attack the situation  had become clearer to the shell shocked Americans and the  Marines.

The insurgents had not made it past the air  wing and the military hardware and another group of five Taliban were trying to  destroy the cryo-fuel unit.

The Harrier compound and hanger was a burning  mess and while the British had finally joined the fight, after first having  secured Prince Harry in a secret location.

Indeed, in the aftermath of the attack the  Taliban claimed responsibility for the deadly attack and Al Jazeera‘s Afghanistan correspondent Bernard Smith reported  that in  addition to the coordinated raid targeting the aircraft and fuel,  Prince Harry was the target of an assassination attempt.

However, at the time, British military  officials said that Prince Harry was never in any danger during the  attack.

As the fight continued, both sides realized  the battle with the fanatical Taliban could potentially descend into  hand-to-hand combat.

They needed to get aircraft up and involved  in the fight.

The problem for the helicopter pilots was  distinguishing friend from foe.

How could they tell the American soldiers  apart from altitude if they were all wearing the same uniforms?

It was then that one ingenious chopper pilot  had a brilliant idea: He radioed the base and told the friendly ground troops to  fire in unison towards the enemy.

Destroyed: Six Harrier fighter jets were destroyed by the Taliban during their assault on Camp Bastion in September 2012 Destroyed: Six Harrier fighter jets were destroyed by  the Taliban during their assault on Camp Bastion in September 2012

 

This lit up the targets and as soon as they  were revealed he unleashed his Cobra attack helicopters powerful  twenty-millimeter cannon on the Taliban.

According to GQ, ‘Delgado and his men, still  pinned down by machine-gun fire, heard the rush of a helicopter coming in,  followed by the roar of a chain gun. God what a beautiful sound, Delgado  thought. The cryo plant lit up with hundreds of small explosions as the rounds  impacted.

‘The Marines around him erupted in  cheers.’

Using a similar technique the Huey that was  now airborne opened fire near to the hangers headquarters.

‘The gunship fired, and hundreds of rounds  tore into the enemy, their bodies jerking back in a macabre dance before  crumpling to the tarmac,’ writes Aikins in GQ.

Mopping up the Taliban insurgents, the search  continued until 2 a.m. and by the light of dawns first morning the full extent  of the damage was clear.

Six Harrier jets destroyed, an Air Force  C-130 transporter blown to smithereens, $200 million in military equipment gone,  two dead Marines and a dozen injured British and American  soldiers.

Even worse was the fact that a completely  secure military base had been totally compromised.

All but one of the insurgents were killed,  while the remaining fighter was injured and captured.

The Taliban claimed the attack was in  response to the film, ‘Innocence of Muslims’ and that Prince Harry was the  target of the attack.

Relatives of the injured raged that the  British and Americans had become lax in their safety protocols because they were  scaling down their presence in Afghanistan.

The Marine Corps didn’t initially launch a  formal investigation into the attack—the kind that could lead to reprimands—and  it has refused to release its after-battle inquiries according to GQ

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