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AFGHANISTAN Militants Hit U.S. General’s Plane Keri Wiginton, Chicago Tribune / MCT / Landov

Militants Hit U.S. General’s Plane

Afghan militants threw rockets at a plane belonging to U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, a spokesman for the U.S. military–led coalition said Tuesday. Dempsey was not aboard the aircraft at the time, but the hit still represents a victory of sorts for the Taliban—especially after two deadly attacks last week, including the Taliban’s apparent downing of a U.S. helicopter and the killing of two U.S. soldiers by Afghan police. A coalition spokesman said Dempsey had left Afghanistan by Tuesday morning—but it’s unclear what plane he left on or what condition that plane was in.

August 21, 2012 5:59 AM