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31 US Special Forces, 7 Afghans, Killed in Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan

31 US Special Forces, 7 Afghans, Killed in Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan

Early Saturday morning 31 members of the US special forces and 7 Afghan commandos were killed when the Taliban shot down a Chinook transport helicopter in the western province of Wardak in Afghanistan. It was the deadliest day for American forces in the nearly decade-long war the US has fought in Afghanistan.

American officials revealed later on Saturday that 22 of those dead were from Navy SEAL unit 6, which killed Osama Bin Laden on a night-time raid in Pakistan on April 30.

President Obama offered deep condolences to the families of those killed, saying that “Their death is a reminder of the extraordinary sacrifice made by the men and women of our military and their families.” Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan, said that he felt “deep sorrow and sadness” at the deaths of US servicemen.

The attack came after a night raid, a “tool that has been praised by American commanders as one of the most effective in the recent military offensive” but that has also been “heavily criticized” by Afghan officials and civilians, says the New York Times. About six such night raids have been carried out every night for the past two years and, says the Guardian, has been credited with weakening the Taliban. NATO has said that such night operations have been preferable to ones conducting during the day as they lower “the risk of all-out battles that could create even greater public anger.”

The previous greatest loss of life to the US was on June of 2005, when 16 Seals were killed after a Taliban rocket hit a Chinook in the eastern province of Kunar.

The attack, which was reportedly carried out by a†rocket-propelled grenade,†shows the extent to which the Taliban remain entrenched throughout Afghanistan, even away from southern Afghanistan and along the Afghan-Pakistani border where its strongholds are located.

 

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2:09PM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

end this war already....losing too many lives.

9:50PM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

Sad news. May God bless their families. and may God Bless the American troops and everyone who is fighting for human rights and freedom. I would love to see the combat ended and more humanitarian efforts being made.

5:27AM PDT on Aug 10, 2011

We should not need to spend more money on military than all other nations combined to be the biggest bully in the world.

9:01PM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

9/11 was a justification to go ahead and steall/plunder/pillage all the resources in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan... This war was never about the so called 'terrorists'...

8:59PM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

America is baby sitting China, while China has all the mining rights to everything... Makes you wonder what is really going on over there...

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2009/03/08/63452/chinas-thirst-for-copper-could.html

The U.S. Army is providing the security that will enable China to exploit one of the world's largest unexploited deposits of copper, earn tens of billions of dollars and feed its voracious appetite for raw materials. U.S. troops set up bases last month along a dirt track that a Chinese firm is paving as part of a $3 billion project to gain access to the Aynak copper reserves. China may hope that the Aynak deal will help it position it to compete for more projects in Afghanistan, where three tectonic plates converge. The region is thought to hold some of the world's last major untapped deposits of iron, copper, gold, uranium, precious gems and other raw materials. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that Afghanistan also has more than 1.5 billion barrels of oil — almost untapped since soldiers of Alexander the Great discovered pools of oil in the north more than 2,000 years ago — and 15 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Two other major copper deposits are close to Aynak, and the government is preparing to solicit bids for a lease to develop the Hajigak iron mine, which Minister of Mines Ibrahim Adil last year said contains an estimated 60 billion tons of ore.

5:48PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

Hold on! What this article is saying is that Osama bin ladens people got the intel on the navy seals, probably bought in their best men who then found a way to shoot down a us helicopter with Osamas killers on board.

5:42PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

@ ii H –Wouldn’t it be nice if US soldiers were bulletproof so they could just kick butt and kill lots of “bad guys”{whoever we have declared an enemy} and their families in perfect safety. To some extent that is now possible. A US soldier can now sit in an air conditioned office in the states and manage drone aircraft with which he can bomb whatever he sees fit without danger of retaliation, then go home to wife and kids. Isn’t technology wonderful ? BTW, I like the skull and crossbones on the soldier's helmet. Reminds me oif the SS cap ornament.

3:33AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

Does anyone even remember or care why these wars were started? America wanted to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. well no weaons there after 10 years of searching. US wanted to capture Osama and bring him to justice, they searched for 10 years and found him in another country watching TV. They killed him, not arrested him.

The reasons why the wars were started are now no more. So why is US still there? Why are Americans still buying into this "war on terror" fairy tale and funding the wars with their taxes. Do the Americans want America to go bankrupt?

6:00PM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

Corrupt country everywhere but at different degree - perhapas use current "demo/free market" standard inparticular in North America, there is a line when/how to engage this int'l affair- it is simply a value/policy/tax dollar balance art. Our political system has a way to process and operatet this war. Like or not, if you can exam yourselve in your own life and your family affair or in your jobs or works, did you corrupt before or never did beofre or you don't have a gut to dealing with it??

2:52PM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

My heart is sad.............

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