From 2011 President Barack Obama said Saturday that the deaths of Americans in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan are a reminder of the "extraordinary" price the U.S. military is paying in the decade-long Afghan war. Insurgents shot down a U.S. military helicopter during fighting in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans, most of them belonging to the same elite unit as the Navy SEALs who killed former Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden, U.S. officials said Saturday. It was the deadliest single loss for American forces in the decade-old war against the Taliban. One current and one former U.S. official said that the dead included 25 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. A total number of 38 people died in the crash, killing 7 Afghans and one interpreter. From 2013 WASHINGTON, July 24 (UPI) -- The 2011 helicopter crash in Afghanistan that killed members of the Navy's elite SEAL Team 6 is headed for an investigation, a congressman said.
Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on national security, told The Hill he met with the victims' families and is poised to send questions to the Pentagon.
"We're going to dive into this," Chaffetz said, adding that his subcommittee may hold hearings.
SEAL Team 6 members were among 30 American service personnel who died August 6, 2011 when their chopper went down shortly after taking off on a rescue mission.
The crash occurred just three months after Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan by Team 6 members. It represented the largest death toll of any single incident for the U.S. military during the Afghan war. Documents provided to the victims' families indicate the Pentagon doesn't believe the SEALs were targeted.
Nope. Of course two factors are at play in regards to MY response--1) I have kind of "unplugged" from the world, so I don't always know what is going on or learn about things as fast as others mainly due to lack of interest. 2)The govt./media complex is not going to be exactly forthcoming of such an event, at least not right away, and many of the most pertinent details will be left out, assuming such a story reaches the masses conscience; speaking of which most of them asses, er, uh, "the masses" will probably be distracted with whatever "Snooki" is up to, or how many times the new royal baby had a diaper change. Don't despair, it has actually been like this for a long time now.
There are some questions being raised by the families such as the identities of the Afgan soldiers changing at the last moment before take-off and the lack of fire suppression on ground targets in the area.