Dozens U.S. Afghanistan
August 6, 2011 by USA Post
Dozens U.S. Afghanistan, A helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 31 U.S. soldiers from Special Forces and seven Afghan soldiers on Saturday. The loss is greater than the number of single-day death in the United States in nearly 10 years of war in Afghanistan.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the downing of the Chinook helicopter in the Wardak province (see map), within 100 kilometers west of Kabul. Officials of the Security Assistance Force International, however, say they still are, assessing circumstances, the African Union of the accident. It also recognized the?? Enemy activity in the area. Au
If the helicopter was shot down, could have important implications for the war effort. The insurgents have hit the helicopter in the past, but never in large numbers. If today, becoming the leading accident is an isolated incident, it is unlikely to affect significantly the direction of the war or the perception of the American public, despite the magnitude of casualties including many highly trained command. But if it marks the beginning of a trend in which insurgents use advanced anti-aircraft weapons, which could cost the NATO air superiority crucial.
Helicopter crash has traditionally generated the largest single incident of incidents during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Chinook helicopters can carry a large number of passengers and have contributed to the previous two days the deadliest in Afghanistan by U.S. forces on June 28, 2005 and April 6, 2005.
If the insurgents are behind the accident, how they managed to shoot down the helicopter will probably be a point of great concern.
Large-caliber machine guns capable of serving as anti-aircraft weapons are widely available in Afghanistan. But until now, insurgents have used these little effect against helicopters. If the militants managed to aim the helicopter with a ground-air missile, however, will cause major concerns.
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