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Attackers Of Base In Afghanistan Wore U.S. Uniforms

Coalition authorities say the insurgents that attacked British military base Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, which killed two U.S. Marines, were wearing U.S. Army uniforms.

In a statement released by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), they said the attack by the 15 insurgents, who were organized into three teams, was well coordinated and that the insurgents were "trained and rehearsed."

The insurgents were armed with automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and suicide vests, the statement said. They attacked Coalition aircraft, destroying six Harrier fighter jets and damaging two others.

Coalition forces killed 14 of the 15 insurgents, with one wounded and taken into custody. Nine other Coalition personnel were injured in the attack.

Coalition authorities have not yet identified the two Marines killed.

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