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U.S. Accidentally Drops Bomb On Own Base

U.S. Accidentally Drops Bomb On Own Base


A YouTube video showing the U.S. accidentally bombing its own base has recently come to light.

The incident, which took place in September 2012, shows a 500-lb. bomb, which was intended for a group of Taliban fighters, instead detonating close to the US base that launched it.

"This was a major mistake ...,' a retired Air Force colonel told CNN. "The way targeting works is, you have to get the coordinates right."

According to CNN, an investigation has determined the air crew had the wrong coordinates.

'Unfortunately in wars, this does happen," the Air Marshall added.

The "major mistake" is unfortunately brewing some bad press for the U.S. Air Force. Headlines are calling the footage "shocking" and "horrifying."

Ultimately, the incident was ruled a pure accident and no one was charged over it.

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sbc2104 February 20 2014 at 11:35 AM

Were there any casualties? That should be the main concern. Accidents like this DO happen in war and have been happening for as long as mankind has made war. "Friendly Fire" is a product of war, and no matter how good the technology is, it will always happen....to "armies" on both sides.

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brenadwms February 20 2014 at 3:18 PM

My, brother and son and grandson , has served in the military, my grandson is in the navy as we speak, and has enlisted for another four years. Josh was on U.S. CARL VINSON AND WAS part of
BIN . MISSION TO BE LEFT- OUT AT SEA FROM THEIR ship. I HAVE NIECE THAT HAS SERVED , in AFGSTAN. for 2 terms. They all stated there will be mistakes and you can bet you they, will get it right the next time.

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z3madboy February 20 2014 at 11:45 AM

Weren't we just laughing at the taliban for blowing up like 30 of their own guys in a training exercise? We spent millions on the best technology and they did it on a budget. Isn't war hilarious....ly stupid?

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mike775954 February 20 2014 at 11:46 AM

Besides being old news, this piece is one-sided - to be a complete story, it should state how many tens of thousands of strikes were on target. CNN doesn't have a track record that good when it comes to the facts!

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ruggercop February 20 2014 at 3:08 PM

Media always blows stuff out of proportion. "Close to the US Base --- " How close? No injuries. Why is the footage "Shocking and Horrifying???????????????????"

By the way, Air Marshall is a British Army term -- there is no such term in the U.S. Air Force -- , so doubt if this report is even real, but won't stop the media from reporting it.

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raydar67 February 20 2014 at 11:46 AM

Before people start pointing fingers,be in a actual firefight.It is the most terrifying,insanity,you could EVER imagine.
Don't want 'friendly fire' to happen.Stop wars....
USMC 67-91 DaNang 69

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dal February 20 2014 at 2:24 PM

During WW2 we shot down scores of our own troop planes in one landing. killing hundreds of our own.

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ron February 20 2014 at 2:18 PM

Why more than a year to report?

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Dunlop Law Firm February 20 2014 at 2:13 PM

Suppose they gave a war and nobody came.................................

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Linda February 20 2014 at 2:07 PM

While a very unfortunate event, not to be taken lightly, but to those who criticize I say it's been reported and noted as a major mistake, things do happen. Not to condone but how many criticizing can place themselves in the shoes of those involved in the incident. Young persons perhaps on a first deployment (at least hadn't been in "real war") should be but one thing taken into consideration. How many speaking against our military have been in same situation: young, perhaps inexperienced, getting their advanced training in the war zone? Unless you know (couldyou?) place yourselves there at the time? I wonder how many criticizing have not been in same situation, same circumstances, never been in military or served when and where our heroes have. Easy to have opinion but justified opinion(s).

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