By Kevin Sieff, Updated: Tuesday, August 21, 9:56 AMThe Washington Post
KABUL — A plane belonging to the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff was apparently attacked by insurgents in Afghanistan on Tuesday.
Militants fired rockets at the Bagram Airfield outside Kabul, and shrapnel hit Army Gen. Martin Dempsey’s C-17 military plane, according to NATO officials. Dempsey was not in the plane at the time of the attack. Several members of the maintenance crew sustained minor injuries. A helicopter was also damaged.
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trip to Afghanistan in March, an Afghan civilian stole a military pickup truck and rammed it through a fence near the airfield in an apparent attempt to attack Panetta’s plane.
Dempsey devoted much of his visit Monday to a discussion of so-called “insider attacks” — in which Afghan soldiers and police officers target their NATO counterparts. Nine U.S. soldiers have been killed in such attacks in the past two weeks.
Dempsey arrived in Baghdad later Tuesday, where he was expected to discuss military cooperation between the United States and Iraq, the Associated Press reported. His brief visit to the country is the first by the top U.S. general since troops withdrew from the country in December.
Tags: Afghanistan, US, NATO, Taliban, Pakistan, Terrorirst, Punjabi, ISI, Al, Qaeda
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