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Crash kills members of Navy Seals Team 6

2011-08-06 22:33

Kabul - A military helicopter was shot down in eastern Afghanistan, killing 31 US special operation troops, most of them from the elite Navy Seals unit that killed al-Qaeda 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 on Friday.

It said wreckage of the craft was strewn at the scene. A senior US administration official in Washington said the craft was apparently shot down by insurgents. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the crash is still being investigated.

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 US Air Force Captain Justin Brockhoff, a Nato spokesperson.

One current and one former US 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 killed 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 killed in the crash is believed to have been part of the Seals mission that killed bin Laden, but they were from the same unit as the bin Laden team.

Comments
  • veld66 - 2011-08-06 23:06

    50-50.........

      Real Deal - 2011-08-07 01:19

      Ja right. US is covering there tracks and making sure there are no voices to tell the truth because Bin Laden was killed in 2001. Also - why throw him in the sea. Also lies about the moon mission. They never landed there. It was all filmed in Hollywood. They used the Bin Laden card as a distraction because they murdered Gadafis family in a air strick. I cant wait to see USA fall. They are finished. Good!!!!!!!

      Mark V - 2011-08-07 01:28

      @Real Deal, did you even read the article before you started on your idiotic conspiracy theory rant? NONE of the soldiers killed were part of the Bin Laden raid, they were merely part of the same unit as the Bin Laden team. Seriously people think before you type.

      Real Deal - 2011-08-07 01:33

      read other news sources fool

      Anton - 2011-08-07 06:11

      Real Deal, Hatred confuses the mind !!!

      OZNOB - 2011-08-07 06:50

      Anton are you sure real deal does have a brain ? sounds like a stuck record to me

      James - 2011-08-07 07:35

      Mark V is a fool. DEAD men tell NO tales!! - Alex Jones predicted in May that shortly after the raid on Bin Laden’s compound that the SEALs would soon be reported dead in a helicopter crash. Pakistani eyewitnesses to the raid on Osama’s fake compound in May reported that a U.S. helicopter exploded and that Americans died, despite the fact that mainstream media reports said no one died in the Bin Laden raid.

      amos - 2011-08-07 14:09

      Anyway who ever was killed...VIVA TALIBAN ?

      Ingwe - 2011-08-08 09:20

      Real Deal and James Those weren't the same men. The team that hunted OBL down were from DevGru's Red squadron flown in by 160th SOAR. The unlucky QRF from yesterday was formed by one of three troops from DevGru's Gold squadron aided by two West Coast SEALs. They were flown in by regular US Army CH-47D (not MH-47). Please try and get your facts right before you make more unsubstantiated statements. But then again why let the truth get in the way of a conspiracy theory.

  • Nfusitjie - 2011-08-06 23:17

    sounds fishy...maybe they were killed to keep the quiet...hide something perhaps?

      slg - 2011-08-06 23:21

      Highly unlikely.

      Max - 2011-08-06 23:40

      Very likely!!! Reconsniper, Bravo 2 out

      Mark V - 2011-08-07 00:19

      Read the article again: "None of those killed in the crash is believed to have been part of the Seals mission that killed bin Laden, but they were from the same unit as the bin Laden team." They were part of the same unit, but none of the same soliders were involved.

      Real Deal - 2011-08-07 01:34

      Slg - you clueless boy. They the devils hand. Wake up

      Anton - 2011-08-07 06:22

      Real Deal, It must be very frustrating being so radical and so anti Western, and than living in Africa. In EVERY election held in Africa, including the ones held in SA, it has been proven that Africa has no appetite for any of this radical stuff. RACISM AND HATRED HAVE NO PLACE IN AFRICA. I feel sorry for you, as it must be very lonely out there. Besides a handful of extremists on gadafi sites , no one is interested in your comments.

      Nunya - 2011-08-07 07:49

      Mark V...dont believe everything you read...especially from the US government (there were no weapons of mass destruction, remember)

      Buzzbar - 2011-08-08 10:34

      @ Nunya, At least the USA was MAN ENOUGH to admit they didn't find any significant weapons of mass destruction. The likes of yourself would probably have hidden their own WMD's there and "found" them and paraded it to the world like a typical skelm.

      Zee - 2011-08-08 10:52

      @buzzbar - if only the USA was man enough to admit that they were wrong to go to war under false pretences perhaps they could have prevented the deaths of a MILLION Iraqis. That's roughly 333 times the number of people killed on 9/11. Man enough, sure...

      slg - 2011-08-09 06:22

      The invasion of Afghanistan, where Al-Quaeda had their base and declared war on the US, was invaded by the US under false pretenses?

  • TinaM - 2011-08-06 23:40

    when will this ever stop? is it always going to be an eye for an eye?

  • AbuZanirah - 2011-08-07 00:39

    What goes around comes around...

      cocopops - 2011-08-07 08:10

      You are meant to be nice during the fast, wait until it is over then you can get back to the real Islam!

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-08-07 10:32

      AbuZanirah - yes thats true - thats why millions of muslims are being killed - not by western armies but by their own muslim brothers even during fasting! Who sends medical and food supplies to starving muslim countries? Not rich oil countries like saudi arabia and UAE - but the USA AID organisations.

      amos - 2011-08-07 14:21

      @GonnyVonYuri Muslims are being killed by whom in Palestine,Chechnya,Iraq,Afghanistan, Phillipines, Norway... the list is endless..as for the middle east countries you mention they were all created and are propped up by the western alliance of evil mostly NATO countries..wake up don't be one of those "that have eyes but cannot see">

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-08-07 17:42

      amos - who saved muslims from slaugter in bosnia? Muslim army? or NATO forces! Know your history!

  • Gareth Leonard - 2011-08-07 00:43

    Very peculiar - why would the media want to report the specific killing of Seal Team 6 members, knowing that it will only entice and encourage Taliban fighters to carry out further attacks? It's the sort of reporting that will inspire a fresh wave of killings even if the full truth behind the story comes out.

      Mark V - 2011-08-07 01:34

      Since when have the media had a conscience? :)

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-08-07 10:33

      Seal team 6 is made up of hundreds of members - those involved in the bin laden killing were NOT on the chopper that went down - CNN and Al JAzeera confirmed this.

  • Beemerx5 - 2011-08-07 02:55

    REAL Deal WAKE UP you do not know on which planet you are!!!Let me tell you USA is FAR FAR away from being finished

      Smk - 2011-08-07 08:48

      No they pretty much are finished. They are bankrupt from all their wars. Why do you think it was so cruicial they increase the amount of money they can borrow to be able to pay their bills.... No America, the bright shining diamond is going to implement software version Zim 2.0 Why do you think world stocks just lost $2.5 Trillion as reported on Friday? Because America couldnt pay its bills unless it borrowed more money... IE they are bankrupt, Roll out the Amero throw the $ in the bin. Thats their plan

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-08-07 10:34

      Smk - you do know if america is finished so is the rest of the world - especially the muslim world? $2.5 trillion value of companies AROUND THE WORLD not just USA was wiped out DOnt cut your nose to spite your face - your joy in the failure of the usa will be shortlived .

      amos - 2011-08-07 14:33

      Let the Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait pull out their money from USA then there will be a bankrupt USA. Why is Nato now trying to get into Libya ? They have already frozen all the Libyan accounts now they are trying to make sure they do not have to cough up.

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-08-07 17:43

      amos - if Saudi and Kuwait have money in the US then they going down with the US - logical! If US goes down - who will buy the oil? THe taliban - i guess for some people ignorance is bliss!

  • AM - 2011-08-07 04:11

    Real Deal: Bru, enjoy the fantasy world you live in! You obviously have watched too many Hollywood movies. They are not real! Live's lekke in the USA.

      Smk - 2011-08-07 08:52

      http://www.infowars.com/deaths-of-seal-team-6-exposed/ You need to wake up. I saw the clip where this was reported and going to happen in May. People need to stop believing Goverments, Politicians are liars and theives and they are our goverments, so Goverments = Liars and thieves and you would rather believe what they feed you via the mainstream news/media. Human nature is to question and decide for yourself, not accept what is fed to you like a robot which is exactly what you are if you do not ask questions and if you do not ask questions you are a programmed sheep.

      amos - 2011-08-07 15:03

      @GonnyVonYuri Mohammed never stole anything you are a mot*** fuc***g liar.

  • JJDXB - 2011-08-07 07:13

    @ real deal - Idiot, you are a stupid f@k, using your brain won’t cost a thing………

      Smk - 2011-08-07 08:28

      Problem is he is using his brain and questioning what is being fed to us through the black tube in the house. Shout a lie long enough and shout it loud enough and it will become the truth. All wars are there for profit, Just do a quick search on why America is always at war and has been involved in all wars. It is the only export they actually have, well that and their dollar wich will follow suite to the Zim$ very shortly.

  • James - 2011-08-07 07:31

    DEAD men tell NO tales! This SEAL team was dead in MAY! Alex Jones predicted in May that shortly after the raid on Bin Laden’s compound that the SEALs would soon be reported dead in a helicopter crash. Pakistani eyewitnesses to the raid on Osama’s compound in May reported that a U.S. helicopter exploded and that Americans died, despite the fact that mainstream media reports said no one died in the Bin Laden raid. The masses are being manipulated. The sheeple are asleep.

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-08-07 10:40

      James - do you also believe in fairies? Seal 6 consists of HUNDREDS of members - those killed in the chopper were NOT those involved in the bin laden raid - do you think the US govt going to kill the whole crew of the war ship that dumped bin ladens body as well?

      Ingwe - 2011-08-08 09:23

      James Those weren't the same men. The team that hunted OBL down were from DevGru's Red squadron flown in by 160th SOAR. The unlucky QRF from yesterday was formed by one of three troops from DevGru's Gold squadron aided by two West Coast SEALs. They were flown in by regular US Army CH-47D (not MH-47). Please try and get your facts right before you make more unsubstantiated statements. But then again why let the truth get in the way of a conspiracy theory.

  • onemantribe - 2011-08-07 08:02

    Hello 1984, and Fahrenheit 451 - when the media machine uses words like "crash" instead of "shot down by a ragtag army that have never been defeated in 500 years of constant invasion by contemporary military superpowers" to hide the insanity of unceasing war.

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-08-07 10:42

      If the US played under the same rules of the taliban - the taliban would be defeated - the only reason its they havent been completely defeated is bcos of the civilian population Do you honestly think a backward caveman nation like afghanistan is stronger than the USA army? get real. The USA could wipe out the whole of afghanistan if they wanted in a second - but unlike the followers of the koran who have no rules of war - the usa have rules of engagements bcos they are civilised.

      TheHuntcback - 2011-08-07 11:05

      @gonnyvonyurri , well the current situation in Afghanistan and America`s current financial state proves you wrong! America is going down! face the Facts !

      Ingwe - 2011-08-08 09:25

      Huntcback When the USA sneezes the rest of the world catches a cold.

  • Mark - 2011-08-07 08:13

    Play with fire , your going to get burnt !!!

  • Lloyd - 2011-08-07 08:36

    James - Alex Jones also predicted that Y2K would bring world chaos! uhm...fool (cough cough) Seriously get a life, not u I or Alex jones really know what the Americans do, and frankly why do you even care, as if you are going to stop any corrupt world goverment.As for all your conspiracies, why don't you just relax take a deep breath and say, not my problem!!! O yeah wait pakastani eyewitnesses you say....yeah they are super reliable....whatever!

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-08-07 10:44

      Lloyd - james believes in fairies leave him.

  • Wessel - 2011-08-07 09:58

    @ real deal - Question.....are you Muslim by any chance....just asking:)?!!!

  • Wessel - 2011-08-07 10:05

    The Libyan nightmare is only starting, the French in Marseille will be watching the 'light show' for many many months into the future! (Courtesy of the old USA and NATO allies) make me feel safe to think that if dictators get out of hand, sooner than later the USA and Western Europe WILL DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!)

      Zee - 2011-08-08 11:07

      Of course they'll do something about it. Because if they do they get to print more dollar bills, plunge the world economy into further debt while making a whole lotta cash for themselves and their friends at Halliburton, DynCorp and BlackWater. Do not blindly believe everything a politician tells you. They are in politics afterall!

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