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It's difficult to defend Camp Bastion from Taliban; Philip Hammond
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Philip Hammond has admitted that Nato forces are finding it "difficult" to defend their main base in Afghanistan's Helmand province from Taliban attack.



Private Thomas Wroe, 18, left, and Sergeant Gareth Thursby, 29, were shot and fatally wounded by a rogue Afghan Local Policeman in Check Point Tora in the Nahr-e-Saraj District of Helmand Province Photo: MoD

By James Kirkup



4:03PM BST 17 Sep 2012

Mr Hammond, speaking in the Commons after a weekend attack on Camp Bastion, told MPs that securing a base with an area similar to that of Reading, was inevitably a struggle.





British and American troops on Friday night had to fight off a significant Taliban force which breached security at Camp Bastion, where Prince Harry is stationed.





A number of aircraft, hangars and other buildings at the base were hit and badly damaged by insurgent fire during the attack.





The attack was one of several incidents over the weekend that left two British soldiers and four Americans dead.





Camp Bastion is the centre of British operations in Afghanistan, and also host to a large US Marine Corp presence.







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Despite its extensive garrison, numerous fences and remote location, Mr Hammond admitted that defending the base is highly challenging.



“It is difficult to defend a site of this size, particularly when faced with a suicidal attack,” he said.



Mr Hammond told MPs that “a number of improvements” have been made in base security since the attack, including an increase in perimeter patrols



People living in several villages and settlement close to the base’s fence line have been told they must move “so that we will have a clearer field of fire,” Mr Hammond said.


Added: Sep-17-2012 Occurred On: Sep-17-2012
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  • I say we pull out and nuke 'em from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

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  • Maybe it is difficult to defend Camp Bastion. I haven't been there and don't know. But, if we cant defend the main base in Afghanistan against an opponent with no mechanised divisions and no air-power shouldn't we reconsider our capability to influence change in the country. I'm not advocating withdrawal however another strategy is obviously needed here. Occupying a valley, conducting a long and bloody campaign to gain control of the area and then withdrawing is simply not working. I've often wo More..

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  • I believe that these taliban fuckers had inside information base ...they knew what to do ..what and how to do ..and they could get this information than local civilians working on the base ..I should not have these civilians seeking military bases because you never know what they think...and they can bought by the taliban ..however, little paranoia never hurts ...

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  • It would be a lot easier to defend the camp if this PC Government brought back Anti-Personnel Mines, scatter a good few of them around the perimeter and good bye Taliban, welcome Tal-Burgers!.

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