Aug 6 - Helicopter crash kills 31 U.S. soldiers - mostly NAVY SEAL Team 6

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 6 years ago '06        #1
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Aug 6 - Helicopter crash k!lls 31 U.S. soldiers - mostly NAVY SEAL Team 6
 

 

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KABUL, Afghanistan — A military helicopter was shot down in eastern Afghanistan, k!lling 31 U.S. special operation troops, most of them from the elite Navy SEALs unit that k!lled al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, along with seven Afghan commandos. It was the deadliest single incident for American forces in the decade-long war.

The Taliban claimed they downed the helicopter with rocket fire while it was taking part in a raid on a house where insurgents were gathered in the province of Wardak late Friday. It said wreckage of the craft was strewn at the scene.

U.S. officials confirmed to NBC News that the U.S. believes the helicopter was shot down. One senior defense official, speakng on condition of anonymity, said the military does "not have any indication that it was anything other than" hostile fire.

NATO confirmed the overnight crash took place and that there "was enemy activity in the area." But it said it was still investigating the cause and conducting a recovery operation at the site. It did not release details or casualty figures.

One current and one former U.S. official said that the dead included more than 20 Navy SEALs from SEAL Team Six, the unit that carried out the raid in Pakistan in May that k!lled bin Laden. They were being flown by a crew of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because families are still being notified.
None of those k!lled in the crash is believed to have been part of the SEALs mission that k!lled bin Laden, but they were from the same unit as the bin Laden team.

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(Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday 31 U.S. soldiers and 7 Afghan troops had been k!lled in a helicopter crash overnight, one of the worst incidents of its kind in the 10-year-old war in Afghanistan.

The statement from the presidential palace said the helicopter had crashed in central Maidan Wardak province, just to the west of the capital, Kabul. The Taliban claimed to have shot down the troop-carrying helicopter.

The NATO-led International Security a.ssistance Force confirmed a helicopter had crashed but gave no further details.

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 Helicopter crash k!lls 31 U.S. soldiers: President Hamid Karzai | Reuters

84 comments for "Aug 6 - Helicopter crash kills 31 U.S. soldiers - mostly NAVY SEAL Team 6"

 6 years ago '10        #2
Dextromethorphan 217 heat pts217
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rip.....end the war already
 08-06-2011, 10:01 AM         #3
snoopdoggiz 
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Now yall done pissed us off

 6 years ago '09        #4
Msfourfteleven 23 heat pts23
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They sayin they were Navy SEALS....
 6 years ago '04        #5
notoriousthugzz 41 heat pts41
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Change the thread title idiot
 6 years ago '05        #6
kingpin222 2 heat pts
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They said they were Team 6...the n*ggas who k!lled Osama. That is some crazy conspiracy theory sh*t man.
 6 years ago '05        #7
QualityRecords 8 heat pts
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Hmmm, if true then that sucks. RIP.

A conspiracy theorist would definitely think this seems fishy though. 31 people died, 7 of them were Afghans and the rest were Navy SEALS and apparently the same SEALS that k!lled Osama? I dunno...
 6 years ago '08        #8
606robin 24 heat pts24
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The a.ssociated Press has learned that more than 20 Navy SEALs from the unit that k!lled Osama bin Laden were among those lost in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

U.S. officials say they believe that none of those who died in the crash participated in the bin Laden raid but were from the same unit that carried out the bin Laden mission.

The operators from SEAL Team Six were flown by a crew of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. That's according to one current and one former U.S. official. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because families are still being notified of the loss of their loved ones.

One source says the team was thought to include 22 SEALs, three Air Force air controllers, seven Afghan Army troops, a dog and his handler, and a civilian interpreter, plus the helicopter crew.

The sources thought this was the largest single loss of life ever for SEAL Team Six, known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group



Conspiracy theorists gonna have a field day
 6 years ago '05        #9
QualityRecords 8 heat pts
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U.S. officials say they believe that none of those who died in the crash participated in the bin Laden raid but were from the same unit that carried out the bin Laden mission.
That right there should put the conspiracy theorists argument to bed though.
 6 years ago '04        #10
DJ Maximum|M 48 heat pts48
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hmmmmm
 6 years ago '05        #11
Nyse03 14 heat pts14
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How big is the SEAL Team Six unit?
 6 years ago '06        #12
RAZAH CUTS 5835 heat pts5835 OP
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UPDATE: Soldiers k!lled were from Navy Seal Team 6

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. officials tell The a.ssociated Press that they believe that none of the Navy SEALs who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan had participated in the raid that k!lled Osama bin Laden, although they were from the same unit that carried out the bin Laden mission.

Sources say that more than 20 Navy SEALs were among those lost in the crash in Afghanistan.
The Taliban claimed they downed the helicopter with rocket fire while it was taking part in a raid on a house where insurgents were gathered in the province of Wardak late Friday. It said wreckage of the craft was strewn at the scene.

NATO confirmed the overnight crash took place and that there "was enemy activity in the area." But it said it was still investigating the cause and conducting a recovery operation at the site. It did not release details or casualty figures.

"We are in the process of accessing the facts," said U.S. Air Force Capt. Justin Brockhoff, a NATO spokesman.

But a senior U.S. administration official in Washington said it was apparently shot down. by insurgents. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the crash is still being investigated.

The toll would surpass the worst single day loss of life for the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001 — the June 28, 2005 downing of a military helicopter in eastern Kunar province. In that incident, 16 Navy SEALs and Army special operations troops were k!lled when their craft was shot down while on a mission to rescue four SEALs under attack by the Taliban. Three of the SEALs being rescued were also k!lled and the fourth wounded. It was the highest one-day death toll for the Navy Special Warfare personnel since World War II.

With its steep mountain ranges, providing shelter for militants armed with rocket-propelled grenade launchers, eastern Afghanistan is hazardous terrain for military aircraft. Large, slow-moving air transport carriers like the CH-47 Chinook are particularly vulnerable, often forced to ease their way through sheer valleys where insurgents can achieve more level lines of fire from mountainsides.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday gave the first public word of the new crash, saying in a statement that "a NATO helicopter crashed last night in Wardak province" and that 31 American special operations troops were k!lled. He expressed his condolences to President Barack Obama.

The helicopter was a twin-rotor Chinook, said an official at NATO headquarters in Brussels. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he was receiving his information from an Afghan officer in Kabul.

The crash took place in the Sayd Abad district of Wardak province, said a provincial government spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid. The volatile region borders the province of Kabul where the Afghan capital is located and is known for its strong Taliban presence.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement that Taliban f!ghters downed the helicopter during a "heavy raid" in Sayd Abad. He said NATO attacked a house in Sayd Abad where insurgent f!ghters were gathering Friday night. During the battle, the f!ghters shot down the helicopter, k!lling 31 Americans and seven Afghans, he said, adding that eight insurgents were k!lled in the f!ght.

There have been at least 17 coalition and Afghan aircraft crashes in Afghanistan this year.
Most of the crashes were attributed to pilot errors, weather conditions or mechanical failures. However, the coalition has confirmed that at least one CH-47F Chinook helicopter was hit by a rocket propelled grenade on July 25. Two coalition crew members were injured in that attack.
Meanwhile, in the southern Helmand province, an Afghan government official said Saturday that NATO troops attacked a house and inadvertently k!lled eight members of a family, including women and children.

NATO said that Taliban f!ghters fired rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire at coalition troops during a patrol Friday in the Nad Ali district.

"Coalition forces responded with small arms fire and as the incident continued, an air strike was employed against the insurgent position," said Brockhoff. He added that NATO sent a delegation to meet with local leaders and investigate the incident.

Nad Ali district police chief Shadi Khan said civilians died in the bombardment but that it was unknown how many insurgents were k!lled.

Helmand, a Taliban stronghold, is the deadliest province in Afghanistan for international troops.
NATO has come under harsh criticism in the past for accidentally k!lling civilians during operations against suspected insurgents. However, civilian death tallies by the United Nations show the insurgency is responsible for most war casualties involving noncombatants.

In south Afghanistan, NATO said two coalition service member were k!lled, one on Friday and another on Saturday. The international alliance did not release further details.

With the casualties from the helicopter crash, the deaths bring to 365 the number of coalition troops k!lled this year in Afghanistan and 42 this month.


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 08-06-2011, 01:54 PM         #13
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THey were not the same ones who k!lled osama
 6 years ago '06        #14
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KABUL, Afghanistan — A military helicopter was shot down in eastern Afghanistan, k!lling 31 U.S. special operation troops, most of them from the elite Navy SEALs unit that k!lled al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, along with seven Afghan commandos. It was the deadliest single incident for American forces in the decade-long war.

The Taliban claimed they downed the helicopter with rocket fire while it was taking part in a raid on a house where insurgents were gathered in the province of Wardak late Friday. It said wreckage of the craft was strewn at the scene.

U.S. officials confirmed to NBC News that the U.S. believes the helicopter was shot down. One senior defense official, speakng on condition of anonymity, said the military does "not have any indication that it was anything other than" hostile fire.

NATO confirmed the overnight crash took place and that there "was enemy activity in the area." But it said it was still investigating the cause and conducting a recovery operation at the site. It did not release details or casualty figures.

"We are in the process of accessing the facts," said U.S. Air Force Capt. Justin Brockhoff, a NATO spokesman.
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One current and one former U.S. official said that the dead included more than 20 Navy SEALs from SEAL Team Six, the unit that carried out the raid in Pakistan in May that k!lled bin Laden. They were being flown by a crew of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because families are still being notified.

None of those k!lled in the crash is believed to have been part of the SEALs mission that k!lled bin Laden, but they were from the same unit as the bin Laden team.
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The SEALs were not all from the same location in the U.S., officials told NBC. Some were East-Coast based, others West-Coast based.

President Barack Obama mourned the deaths of the American troops, saying in a statement that the crash serves as a reminder of the "extraordinary sacrifices" being made by the U.S. military and its families. He said he also mourned "the Afghans who died alongside our troops."

The death toll would surpass the worst single day loss of life for the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001 — the June 28, 2005 downing of a military helicopter in eastern Kunar province. In that incident, 16 Navy SEALs and Army special operations troops were k!lled when their craft was shot down while on a mission to rescue four SEALs under attack by the Taliban. Three of the SEALs being rescued were also k!lled and the fourth wounded. It was the highest one-day death toll for the Navy Special Warfare personnel since World War II.

With its steep mountain ranges, providing shelter for militants armed with rocket-propelled grenade launchers, eastern Afghanistan is hazardous terrain for military aircraft. Large, slow-moving air transport carriers like the CH-47 Chinook are particularly vulnerable, often forced to ease their way through sheer valleys where insurgents can achieve more level lines of fire from mountainsides.
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday gave the first public word of the new crash, saying in a statement that "a NATO helicopter crashed last night in Wardak province" and that 31 American special operations troops were k!lled. He expressed his condolences to President Barack Obama.

The helicopter was a twin-rotor Chinook, said an official at NATO headquarters in Brussels. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he was receiving his information from an Afghan officer in Kabul.

The crash took place in the Sayd Abad district of Wardak province, said a provincial government spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid. The volatile region borders the province of Kabul where the Afghan capital is located and is known for its strong Taliban presence.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement that Taliban f!ghters downed the helicopter during a "heavy raid" in Sayd Abad. He said NATO attacked a house in Sayd Abad where insurgent f!ghters were gathering Friday night. During the battle, the f!ghters shot down the helicopter, k!lling 31 Americans and seven Afghans, he said, adding that eight insurgents were k!lled in the f!ght.



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 6 years ago '08        #15
primetime 60 heat pts60
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fu*king war man....
 6 years ago '04        #16
hockeythug 66 heat pts66
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Flatten the whole fu*king country.
 6 years ago '04        #17
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Why are troops still over in Afghanistan anyway? They got Saddam out, they allegedly k!lled Bin Laden, what's their excuse for still being there?

The US needs to mind their business or just drop an A-bomb on a country & be done with it

that part of the world is no different than the Japanese in WW2...they aren't going to stop unless we do something drastic...drop Atomic bombs and be done with it

if America has all of this power, start using it...no one's going to cry for Afghanistan

and while we're at it, tell the countries we owe money to, to fu*k off, we ain't paying em sh*t
 6 years ago '04        #18
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Wow that sucks to lose so much money for the American Military. Imagine how much $$$ they put into those guys and now it's all gone, just like that. Some dudes must be mad pissed right now
 6 years ago '04        #19
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Damn during a rescue mission no less, one's being rescued are screwed too. Someone got lucky with the shot, they've learned and were ready when the US or NATO came. There's no end to it over there, it just evolves and keeps going.

Obviously not the same guys on the Osama mission, sensationalist retards.
 6 years ago '07        #20
Rob De Niro 120 heat pts120
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maybe the american government caused this cause they were talking about it too much(Laden)

maybe their not dead and the government just wants to act like it so no one can question if bin laden is dead since the people who supposedly k!lled him are now dead

that whole statement about the men that died on the helicopter werent the ones who participated in k!lling bin laden can be some bullsh*t. anybody can just add in a sentence and everyone will believe that sh*t if it says US military spokesperson or Pentagon at the end.

but lets leave this all to the conspirators

RIP to all the dead
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