Breaking news Camp Bastion attack targets Prince Harry, kills 2 US Marines
A week ago Prince Harry was deployed in Afghanistan. As a trained helicopter pilot he of course is an asset to a regiment. His status in the British Royal Family though means that he could be an enemy target. All our troops are targets so you may say that as a person in a military role that just makes him one of the "boys". However that is not the case.
Last night Camp Bastion was attacked by the Taliban. The camp which is located in the infamous Helmand Province has been attacked in the past. Today the Taliban have said that last night's primary target was Prince Harry.
Camp Bastion is a major allied base. Harry is there prior to his active posting as a pilot. He does have some bodyguards present. During the attack on the Camp Harry was locked down and said to be safe at all times. That does not help the situation.
Two US marines were killed in the attack A British soldier was also killed in a separate incident away from the base. There were around twenty Taliban attackers. Mortars, rockets and small arms were used in what was a claimed to be a sophisticated attack. Vehicles were also destroyed.
The latest news is that although Harry was the primary target the Innocence of Muslims film was cited as another reason. Some say it was a revenge attack. One Taliban attacker was captured and is currently receiving medical treatment. He will in time be interrogated to provide information. 18 Taliban attackers present were killed.
Reports are still coming in and one says that there were two separate groups working on the attack. One was allegedly created as soon as it was announced that Harry was going to Afghanistan. Their mission was to capture or kill Harry.
OPINION: Whilst Harry's presence may boost the morale of troops on the ground it also puts everyone at risk. He should not be there. It is impossible for British Royals to take on active military roles in a conflict. It just does not work. They might as well admit they are not able to do so. They jeopardise the lives of others. If Harry is withdrawn though the Taliban will feel they have gained a win.
That said this attack may have happened anyway. The film probably would have done the necessary damage to incite an attack. If not a hidden agenda would have instigated the violence.
Violent protests have now also spread across the Middle East and have even reached Australia. Some protesters were peaceful but their voices wre soon drowned out by a violent faction.
A veritable can of worms has been opened in Afghanistan, the Middle East and further afield. The Arab Spring so hailed as a positive may not have been such a good idea in the long term. The West learned few lessons from history. The US armed the Mujahedin in Afghanistan in the past and that spectacularly backfired on them. The West has since armed unknown rebels in Egypt, Syria and Libya. Well as you sow so shall you reap.
Romney in he US will aim to gain political leverage with all of this but we should not forget that both the GOP and the Democrats in the USA have been complicit in these issues. George Bush acted out a revenge attack for 9/11 by going to war and that conflict continues to rumble on.
The Afghan Army is training alongside foreign troops to prepare them for a troop withdrawal. This year there have been far too many attacks which have involved such Afghan soldiers or police turning their weapons on the allied forces. This could be the greatest threat to Prince Harry.
Afghanistan and the Middle East are wrecked. Are we gong to do the same to Syria?