SCOTS TOP GUNS TAKE OUT TALIBAN; Fighter crew save US base from mortars.
A SCOTTISH fighter crew killed two Taliban rebels as they tried to slaughter scores of US soldiers in a murderous mortar attack.
The Taliban pair's assault on the frontline base in Afghanistan had sent troops running for cover.
They managed to fire two mortars into the base before fleeing on a motorbike when they spotted the fighter jet - normally based at RAF Lossiemouth, in Moray - which had been scrambled to deal with them.
But the Tornado crew, who had been on a routine mission supporting ground troops, tracked them and launched a Brimstone laser-guided missile, which killed both men.
A member of the crew, based at Kandahar airfield, said: "We were in the area when the request came to switch to an air controller who can direct combat aircraft. He got our eyes on to the targets on the motorbike. The strike happened very quickly. We were pleased the attack was a success."
Afghan president Hamid Karzai yesterday demanded that international troops should pull out of rural areas.
Karzai, angered by a US soldier's killing of 16 civilians, said Afghan forces should take the lead for countrywide security in 2013, ahead of the withdrawal of coalition troops in 2014.
SUPPORT Z Some of the Tornados at Kandahar airfield