Entries in Military Base (5)


Judge Sentences Two American Sailors After Rape of Japanese Woman

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(TOKYO) -- A Japanese judge handed down sentences for two American sailors convicted of raping and robbing a woman in Okinawa last October, calling their actions “contemptible and violent.”  

Seaman Christopher Browning and Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker both admitted to their crimes and were sentenced to ten and nine years behind bars, respectively. But the incident is reigniting longstanding tensions between the U.S. military and Okinawans.

Okinawa Island houses over half of the 50,000 American troops in Japan, and plays a crucial role in regional security, but the rape is only the latest in a series of incidents that are sparking outrage and building resentment.

In 1995 most notably, three soldiers were only sentenced to six and a half years each after the brutal gang rape of a 12-year-old girl. The crime and lax sentencing sparked massive anti-U.S. demonstrations.

Incidents like this only add to general complaints about noise and the dangers that come with living near military bases. Before the rape last October, residents were already upset at U.S. plans to deploy Osprey aircraft to the island.

Although most military crimes are tried in military court, severe and contemptible offenses such as rape can be tried in Japanese courts, as was the case here.

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Terrorists Attack Pakistani Air Force Base

FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP/Getty Images(PUNJAB, Pakistan) -- A major Pakistan Air force base in Kamra in the Punjab province approximately 30 miles from Islamabad has been attacked by terrorists.

Military sources said Wednesday that an unknown number of terrorists, some in uniform, attacked the base from various directions. Armed with grenades and automatic firearms, terrorists penetrated the base Wednesday, exchanging fire with security personnel stationed there.

The Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) located at Kamra is home to a rebuild factory dedicated to the reconstruction and manufacturing of Mirage fighter aircraft and JF-17 thunder aircraft, which are being built with Chinese collaboration.

This is not the first attack by terrorists on Pakistani military bases. Similar attacks by terrorists on the military headquarters in Rawalpindi and a joint Air Force and Naval base in Karachi occurred last year.

The attack on PAC poses a major security breach. The base is a large and active facility where fighter jets and other military aircraft are parked at all times.

Army special forces were called to contain the situation.

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Truck Bomb Outside US Base in Afghanistan Injures Troops, Civilians

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- A suicide truck bomb exploded outside the gate of a U.S. military base in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday, leaving at least 11 civilians and two NATO troops injured.

In a statement, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed the attack, saying, "According to current reporting, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack took place outside an ISAF base and near an Afghan bazaar in Logar province this morning."

While the ISAF said reports indicated Afghan civilians were wounded in the blast, they did not mention any injuries among NATO troops.  Instead, the coalition said, "Currently, there are no reports that indicate there were ISAF fatalities."

According to AFP, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a text message.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid wrote,"At around 9:00 am one of our mujahideen (holy warriors) carried out a suicide truck bomb attack on a big US forces' camp resulting in many deaths and injuries."

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Dozens Killed After Suicide Bombings at Pakistani Paramilitary Base

HASHAM AHMED/AFP/Getty Images(SHABQADAR, Pakistan) -- In the first terrorist attack in Pakistan since U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden there, two suicide bombers killed at least 80 paramilitary recruits and injured over 120 others outside a training center in northwest Pakistan Friday.

The suicide bombers blew themselves up at the gate of Frontier Constabulary base as recruits were boarding vans to go home, police said.

The Frontier Constabulary is a poorly-equipped paramilitary force that patrols and helps man checkpoints all over Pakistan, but mostly in the volatile northwest.

The Pakistani Taliban are calling reporters to claim credit for the attack as revenge for bin Laden’s death, although it’s not clear if that is true.  The Taliban has often targeted law enforcement personnel in the settled areas of the northwest as retribution for ongoing military campaigns against militants in the tribal areas.

Friday’s attack occurred in Charsaddah, a settled area next to the Mohmand tribal area, where the army has been fighting on and off for two years.

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Boy Suicide Bomber Kills Over Two Dozen Pakistani Soldiers

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MARDAN, Pakistan) -- A boy disguised as a student blew himself up at a military base in Pakistan Thursday, killing at least 27 service members.

According to a senior military official, a boy most likely between 10 and 12 years old walked into the base in Mardan and set off the bomb amongst a group of soldiers as they exercised.

The base has a school with civilian students, and the military said the suicide bomber walked in among those students before classes began.

The Taliban, however, claimed a different story.  They said the bomber was an active duty soldier who volunteered for the mission.  The military said that is incorrect.

Thursday's fatalities mark the single worst day for the Pakistani military in at least three years.

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