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Two Marine Corps generals to be fired


New developments in last year's deadly attack on a U.S. military base in  Afghanistan, Two marines were killed in the raid, and now two generals have been fired for not doing enough to protect the base.

It is unprecedented in modern Marine Corps history. But this morning, Major General Charles Gurganus and Major General Greg Sturtevant, have been forced to leave the service, cited for failing to protect a massive airbase from a deadly attack last year.  The same base where Britain's Prince Harry was serving as an Apache co-pilot.

More than 15 Taliban fighters breached the perimeter of Camp Bastion with automatic weapons and grenade launchers....waging a fierce battle that left two Marines dead, eight others wounded and six harrier jets destroyed.
It was the largest loss of aircraft , 200 million dollars worth, in 40 years.

"In this case the Marine Corps has stepped up and held accountable those people at the very top who should be just as accountable as the people they hold underneath them," said Ganyard.

The Commandant of the Marine Corps said that it was simply unrealistic to think that a determined enemy would not be able to penetrate the perimeter fence, and that both generals had failed to exercise the level of judgment expected of commanders of their rank.