Navy Seals Helicopter Crash
August 7, 2011 by USA Post
Navy Seals Helicopter Crash, The day after a helicopter crash, was the greatest loss of American soldiers in a single day during a decade of war in Afghanistan, many local residents say that fear is a sign that war is likely to continue for a long time.
For most Afghans, the incident has done little to change their perspective on the future of warfare. It has, however, confirmed his suspicions that NATO forces have yet to reverse the momentum of the Taliban.
“It’s another big sign indicating that the ongoing fight in Afghanistan,” says Mirajudin Ahmadzai, a tribal leader in the province of Nangarhar. “The Taliban can now shoot down a helicopter shows that are increasingly capable.”
U.S. military officials say they are still investigating the incident, but it seems the Taliban may have shot down the Chinook helicopter on Saturday east of Kabul, in Wardak province.
A blow to the Special Forces community
Among Americans age 30 who died in the crash, at least 20 were Navy SEALs elite SEAL Team 6 units responsible for killing Osama Bin Laden. Seven Afghan Command and a civilian interpreter were also killed.
The magnitude of the loss will be felt strongly by the special forces community – there are about 2,500 Navy SEALs U.S. Army and only a few hundred to do so SEAL Team 6. The deaths also constitute about 10 percent of all American deaths in Afghanistan this year.
Taliban claims responsibility
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the downing of the helicopter. Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Islamist fighters said to be used a shoulder-launched, antiaircraft missile to shoot down the helicopter and tells the fighters have a handful more of these systems scattered throughout Afghanistan. The Taliban has a history of taking responsibility for incidents that were not involved in or grossly exaggerate their successes.
According to Mr. Mujahid, the fighters did not know the meaning of his goal.
“I knew that was exactly what the Navy SEAL unit, but we know that every time they have nightly raids and plan to attack the mujahideen [holy warriors] somewhere, always use its special forces, so we knew we were very important, “he says, explaining that the helicopter was returning from a night operation.
A push of propaganda?
Over the course of the war in Afghanistan, 101 helicopters have crashed, of which 17 were shot down by hostile fire. The importance of this latest incident is likely to serve as a propaganda coup for the Taliban.
“They will have great morale, as we have shown the world that can turn even a helicopter,” says Hakim Bashirat, a resident of Kabul, who is originally from Wardak. “The foreign forces and the Afghan government will increase its military operations there, which will cause many problems for local residents of Wardak.”
Since there were reports of fighting near the crash site on Sunday that foreign forces have been conducting a recovery operation. Others have reported that local Afghan and foreign forces have arrested a large number of civilians in the area.
In Wardak, as in other parts of the East, residents say there has been an increase in militant activity in recent months.
“Foreigners will not bring security to us until our police and our military do their part,” said Roshanak Wardak, a former member of parliament from Wardak, who now runs a hospital. “We must be involved in this. There is no need for foreigners to go to the villages and kill people.”
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