The Fire Support Group of Charlie Company 40 Commando Royal Marines, at FOB Jackson in Afghanistan engage insurgents following contact Patrol Base Paylae. Photographer: LA(Phot) Si Ethell Image 45152919.jpg from http://www.defenceimages.mod.uk (Si Ethell / Crown Copyright)
LONDON — British lawmakers said Wednesday that U.K. commanders’ complacency and inadequate security were partly to blame for the failure to stop a Taliban attack on a U.S-British base in Afghanistan that killed two U.S. Marines.
The House of Commons Defense Committee said more than half the guard towers were unstaffed at the time of the audacious September 2012 assault on Camp Bastion in Helmand province.
The lawmakers said troops on the base — who at the time included Prince Harry, a helicopter pilot — had been exposed to “unnecessary risk.”