Taliban Attacks Kill Two at U.S.-British Base; Prince Harry Safe

Taliban Attacks in Afghanistan

Everything in life is said to have a cause and effect relationship. Whatever action is committed, an event occurs that is the reaction of the choice taken. In the latest protests going on in the Middle East, the catalyst is said to be a film that was made in the United States about the prophet Mohammad. The film has been viewed as an anti-Islamic production about insulting the prophet Mohammad and the result has been violent protests occurring at U.S. embassies throughout the Middle East.

The latest protest ended up as a Taliban attack on a U.S.-British base killing two U.S. Marines and wounding several other troops. Prince Harry was also stationed there but was reported to be unharmed in this latest example of the cause and effect relationship that exists in the Middle East.

In a statement released by the U.S.-led NATO coalition, nearly 20 insurgents armed with explosive vests, guns and rocket-propelled grenades infiltrated the perimeter of Camp Bastion. This huge British base houses U.S. Marine operations adjacent to Camp Leatherneck, which is located in southern Helmand province. The attack is said to have taken place shortly after 10 p.m. Friday and ended up killing two NATO service members, damaged multiple aircraft and structures as well as wounded several other service members.

During the attack, 18 militants were killed by coalition forces and one insurgent, who had been wounded, was detained and being questioned according to coalition forces. Damage to aircraft and buildings on the airfield were being assessed by NATO service members that cleared the base of attackers early Saturday. The coalition also said though an investigation is currently ongoing; any damage that might have happened will not impact ground to air operations from Camp Bastion.

While some tried to speculate the reasoning behind the attack, Qari Yousef AHmadi, a spokesman for the Taliban, explained the rationale behind the attack. “We attacked that base because Prince Harry was also on it and so they can know our anger.” The group often tailors its claims to the news of the day. “Thousands more suicide attackers are ready to give up their lives for the sake of the Prophet,” Mr. Ahmadi said in a telephone call with The Associated Press.

It is not a surprise the stance the Taliban have taken regarding Prince Harry as they have declared, for some time, that the Prince is targeted to be killed. For days after Prince Harry’s deployment to the Helmand Province was announced, a spokesman for the Taliban had publically said he would be targeted for assassination. The spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said, “We will do our best to kill Prince Harry and Britain’s other troops based in Helmand. It is not important for us to kidnap him. We will target him and we will kill him.”

The opposition over the anti-Islamic film has added more fuel to the fire burning in regards to reasons why insurgents should continue attacking NATO forces. There have been problems already with trying to train Afghan forces to take over when most foreign troops can withdraw from the country at the conclusion of 2014. For example, NATO said on Saturday that a man, who was believed to be a member of the Afghan Local Police, turned and attacked U.S.-led coalition forces that resulted in killing two international service members.

Insider attacks has been on the rise and so far this year, 47 international service members are dead by the hands of Afghan policemen or soldiers or insurgents wearing their uniforms. August alone has seen at least 12 attacks that have resulted in 15 deaths. With the latest attack at Camp Bastion. U.S. and coalition forces will need to brace themselves for more attacks as a result of the cause and effect relationships going on in the Middle East. Those relationships are that wherever Prince Harry is stationed, the Taliban will make every effort to assassinate him.

The other is that U.S. embassies and forces will be targeted in retaliation for the anti-Islamic film that was made. Looking at examples of cause and effect relationships, one might wonder if the recent attacks on U.S. embassies will result in harsher responses by American forces that will escalate the cause and effect relationship in the Middle East.

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