SEALs Killed in Afghan Copter Crash

Posted on August 8, 2011



30 Americans, most of them elite Navy SEALs, and eight Afghans died after their helicopter was shot down in eastern Afghanistan Saturday.

The helicopter is similar to the ones pictured.

Courtesy of NY Times.

All those aboard the Chinook copter were killed, including 22 Navy SEALs, three Air Force members, seven Afghan commandos and an Afghan translator. A dog handler and his dog were also among those who died.

The Navy SEALs and other troops had rushed to aid Army Rangers who had come under fire in the Wardak Province, U.S. officials said.

The Army Rangers had come up against intense enemy fire from the insurgents.

“This unit was engaged in heavy fire on the ground, and they called for help,” an American official said.

Courtesy of NY Times.

Military investigators explored the Tangi Valley, where the helicopter was shot down, Sunday to substantiate the first reports, which said that a rocket-propelled grenade took down the helicopter.

The rescue team was departing on their copter after completing their mission when it was hit. In their initial mission, the Army Rangers were after a Taliban leader whose networks were accountable for a series of attacks and roadside bombs.

The attacks marked the single deadliest loss for U.S. forces in the decade-long Afghan war.

Saturday’s event was a horrible catastrophe for the highly trained SEAL Team 6, which killed Osama bin Laden a few months ago. It also marked a strong setback for the U.S.-led coalition, as they are bringing thousands of combat troops home from what has become an ever more calamitous war.

(Featured Image Courtesy of AP)

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