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Top US general’s aircraft hit by rocket-fire in Afghanistan

Posted by The Agonist on August 21st, 2012

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News’s Atia Abawi | Aug 21

NBC – An aircraft used by U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Martin Dempsey was damaged by rocket-fire at an airbase outside Kabul, Afghanistan, NATO said on Tuesday. The general was not on board at the time and no one was injured.

At around 1 a.m. (4:30 p.m. ET) on Tuesday, insurgents fired rockets or mortars into the base airfield, a source in Bagram Air Field told NBC News. Two landed in the air field, with one of them hitting the plane used by Dempsey, the source added.

Meanwhile, NATO’s mission in Afghanistan confirmed that the plane had been damaged by incoming fire, saying it had been hit by “shrapnel from an indirect fire round.”

“The round was one of two that impacted Bagram last night. An ISAF helicopter was also damaged,” the ISAF statement added.

“(Dempsey) was nowhere near the aircraft. We think it was a lucky shot,” NATO senior spokesman Col. Thomas Collins told Reuters.

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