If this is true it's a serious coup for the local insurgents. Those harriers have been central to the conduct of operations in outlying areas, flying recce, and providing very careful and judicious CAS. Even the yanks have been singing the praises of our fly-boys and the quality of the ground-air coordination. I don't think two airframes written off is even a medium term problem, but the local badboys will see it entirely differently.
1 seriously damaged and another less so - and only 6 in theater!
Nevertheless, a nice bit of positice spin from official sources:-
Rocket attack on Kandahar Airbase in Afghanistan
A rocket attack hit Kandahar airfield in southern Afghanistan at 0040hrs local time on Friday 14 October 2005 . There were no casualties.
The RAF Detachment Commander said, âThis was an indiscriminate attack and we are fortunate that none of our people has been hurt. This will have no impact on our operational capability and we will continue to be able to support ISAF and coalition ground forces.'
Notwithstanding the fact that this was an isolated attack on the Airfield, force protection measures are under constant review and appropriate measures will be taken with our US partners to improve security against this type of attack.