Seal Team Six
August 7, 2011 by USA Post
Seal Team Six, Thirty-one U.S. soldiers have been killed as insurgents shot down a Chinook transport helicopter of NATO on Saturday. That incident made it the deadliest day for U.S. troops since the war in Afghanistan began in 2001.
Service members were on a nighttime mission foray into the Tangi valley Wardak province when a rocket-propelled grenade, a coalition official said that brought down his helicopter.
The official said the military does not “have any indication that anything other than militant fire that led to the helicopter
Of the thirty-one soldiers killed about twenty of them were Navy SEALS; five were from the Army of the flight crew, and several U.S. pilots. Seven Afghan soldiers and an interpreter also died when the helicopter crashed.
“The numbers are high,” said an official. “It’sa great loss.”
The stamps were part of the SEAL team six; the unit conducted the raid in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden. However, none of those killed in the accident were members of the real SEALs mission that killed bin Laden.
President Obama issued a statement on the tragedy, saying: “My thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those Americans who lost their lives on today in Afghanistan.”
“Their deaths are a reminder of the extraordinary sacrifices made by men and women of our armed forces and their families,” he said.
It is rare for Western helicopters to be taken down by hostile fire; more helicopters were lost to mechanical problems or bad weather.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and said its fighters had ambushed U.S. soldiers after learning of the raid of the night.
Abdul Qayuum Baqizoi, Wardak police chief, said the attack was aimed at U.S. a meeting of insurgent leaders in a very dangerous neighborhood.
“This area is still not safe for security forces to travel,” said Baqizoi.
Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman testifies to the “martyrdom” of eight Taliban fighters in what was described as a violent struggle before shooting the helicopter.
International Security Assistance Force NATO (ISAF) has not said how the incident occurred and it is unclear whether the helicopter incident and the raid were connected. Officials kept the details secret, as the ongoing recovery operations. Also the identification of the body and notices of the family is just beginning, said a U.S. military official.
ISAF Commander Gen. John R. Allen said: “Words can not describe the pain we feel in the wake of this tragic loss. All those killed in this operation were true heroes who had given so much in defense of freedom.”
Directed attacks at night have been the most successful tactic, and have generally been conducted by the U.S. special operations forces. These night raids have caused considerable damage to the structure on the ground under the command of Taliban and other insurgent groups.
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