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Afghan rocket attack damages US military chief's plane

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington in this file photo . — File Photo by AP

BAGRAM: A rocket fired on a US airbase in Afghanistan early on Tuesday damaged the aircraft of America's top military officer and wounded two maintenance crew, officers said.

Two rockets struck the vast Bagram air field overnight, with one causing damage to the C-17 used by General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, who departed the base later Tuesday using another plane.

The C-17 that was hit was parked on the runway along with an array of other aircraft.

Two American maintenance crew suffered minor injuries in the attack, officers said.

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Aug 21, 2012 01:47pm
As US was supplying in 80's. There must be some who are supplying it today. Tit for Tat.
Aug 21, 2012 01:30pm
.. as if AK-47 and RPGs are that costly to buy !?!
Aug 21, 2012 01:01pm
The heroin business and many powers (Lead off with Russia and possibly China) in the region who do not want a US foothold in the region.
A. Ahmad
Aug 21, 2012 12:39pm
I totally agree.......no body has ever answered this question....who is supplying sophisticated weapons to men allegedly living in caves. It just seems they are getting stronger and stronger!!
Aug 21, 2012 12:38pm
Who told them to come to Afghanistan
Raj Patel
Aug 21, 2012 12:33pm
This is a plot to keep US army in Afghanistan.
Aug 21, 2012 12:09pm
There is alot of weapon left from soviets, Afghanista is full of weapon
Aug 21, 2012 11:21am
Million Dollar question ?
Aug 21, 2012 10:52am
no one answered this before and no one will answer today or in the future my friend:)
Cyrus Howell
Aug 21, 2012 08:27am
Bagram Airbase has never been secure. It was a disgusting situation and probably still is. Morale is very poor among US and Afghan troops there. In the interest of being "politically correct" I won't say any more, other than attacks on the base at night should be no surprise to anyone.
Aug 21, 2012 09:32am
who is supplying weapons to taleban fighters?
Aug 21, 2012 11:44pm
i think ,the afghani people must decide themselves about their safety.the taliban also belong to afghanistan,and they should learn how to share power.afghanis are destroying their own country.all these arms are comming from developed countries.all the big powers are playing with poor countries.
Aug 23, 2012 07:59am
if "American" commander is not safe, than think of , who is commander.