Friday, January 30, 2015   

UK lawmakers slam lax security in Taliban attack
(04-16 18:06)

British lawmakers say commanders' complacency and inadequate security were partly to blame for the failure to stop a Taliban attack on a US-British base in Afghanistan that killed two US Marines.
The House of Commons Defense Committee said Wednesday that more than half the guard towers were unstaffed at the time of the September 2012 attack on Camp Bastion in Helmand province.
The lawmakers said troops on the base -- who at the time included Prince Harry -- had been exposed to "unnecessary risk.''
In the attack, 15 Taliban insurgents dressed in US military uniforms and armed with rocket-propelled grenades cut through perimeter wire.
In the ensuing firefight, two Marines were killed. Eight American troops, eight British personnel and a civilian contractor were injured. --AP   
Other World breaking news:
Islamic State group silent as deadline passes with no swap (26 mins ago)
Thai military ramps up 'attitude adjustment' for critics (27 mins ago)
Rap mogul 'Suge' Knight reportedly involved in deadly hit-and-run (46 mins ago)
Honda investigating possible exploding airbag death (01-30 11:39)
Ex-IMF chief to go on trial for 'pimping' role in sex parties (01-30 11:02)
Hostage's wife pleads for husband's life (01-30 10:36)
Obama budget to call for US$1b for Central America (01-30 10:19)
Balloon crew surpasses distance record in Pacific flight (01-30 10:18)
Thai 'Red Shirt' leader sentenced to two years in jail (01-28 14:37)
Malaysia to release MH370 report one day before anniversary (01-28 14:22)

More breaking news >>

© 2015 The Standard, The Standard Newspapers Publishing Ltd.
Contact Us | About Us | Newsfeeds | Subscriptions | Print Ad. | Online Ad. | Street Pts

 


Home | Top News | Local | Business | China | ViewPoint | CityTalk | World | Sports | People | Central Station | Spree | Features

The Standard

Trademark and Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015, The Standard Newspaper Publishing Ltd., and its related entities. All rights reserved.  Use in whole or part of this site's content is prohibited.   Use of this Web site assumes acceptance of the
Terms of Use, Privacy Policy Statement and Copyright Policy.  Please also read our Ethics Statement.