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Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey poses for photographs at the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters in Kabul on August 20, 2012. AFP photo

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey poses for photographs at the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters in Kabul on August 20, 2012. AFP photo

A rocket fired on a US airbase in Afghanistan early Tuesday damaged the aircraft of America's top military officer and wounded two maintenance crew, officers said.

Two insurgent rockets struck the vast Bagram air field overnight, with one causing damage to the C-17 used by General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, who left the base using another plane, his spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan told reporters.
 
Shrapnel from the rocket struck the door of the plane while it was parked on the runway and two American maintenance crew suffered minor injuries in the attack, Lapan said.
 
The attack posed no threat to the safety of Dempsey or his staff, who were asleep in their quarters at the time of the incident, officers said.
 
Although sporadic shelling of Bagram is not uncommon, Taliban insurgents rarely manage to inflict serious damage or casualties at the base, according to military reports.

August/21/2012

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