Accession Number:

ADA579573

Title:

Nowhere to Hide: The Growing Threat to Air Bases

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL AIR FORCE RESEARCH INST

Report Date:

2013-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

18.0

Abstract:

Wearing US Army uniforms, the attackers penetrated the air base s defenses under the cover of night. Armed with rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, and suicide vests, the 14-man team began its deadly mission against an air base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, jointly manned by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization s NATO International Security Assistance Force ISAF. Hours of combat ensued, and the morning light revealed the destruction of six AV-8B Harrier jets and damage to two other aircraft additionally, six aircraft hangers sic suffered damage, and six refueling stations were destroyed. In the aftermath, 14 insurgents and two US Marines lay dead while eight coalition military members and one contractor were wounded. In September 2012, this insurgent operation constituted the most successful ground attack against NATO s ISAF air assets to date in the Afghanistan conflict.

Subject Categories:

  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE