Inside Attacks Show Taliban Strength

    This image from video AP obtained from the SITE Intel Group posted by al-Emarah Jihadi Studio, an Afghan Taliban media unit who released two clips on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, purports to show smoke rising over Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan after what the Taliban media unit says is an attack at the base. The Taliban claimed responsibility Saturday for the attack on a sprawling British base in southern Afghanistan that killed two U.S. Marines and wounded several other troops, saying it was to avenge an anti-Islamic film that insulted the Prophet Muhammad and also because Britain's Prince Harry is serving there. This photo, which AP obtained from SITE Intelligence Group, has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting. (AP Photo/SITE Intelligence Group) MANDATORY CREDIT

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    Other attacks on Afghan bases have resulted in more casualties, but officials are calling Friday’s Taliban assault on Camp Bastion the single most destructive strike in the decade of war. Two Marines were killed,  eight attack jets severely damaged or destroyed and $200 million in damages were caused when militants wearing American Army uniforms penetrated the base. “We’re saying it’s a very sophisticated attack,” said a military official here. “We’ve lost aircraft in battle, but nothing like this.” Ten thousand Marines have left the area and investigators are looking into how the Taliban conducted such a sophisticated raid.

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