31 US and 7 Afghan die in crash

Kabul: A total of 31 members of the US Special Forces have died in a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan along with seven Afghans, a statement from Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s office said Saturday.

"The president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai expressed condolences over a NATO helicopter crash and the deaths of 31 members of US special forces," the statement said.

The crash late Friday represents the biggest death toll in a single incident for international forces in Afghanistan since the start of the war in 2001.
Seven Afghans were also killed in the crash, the statement said, taking the total death toll in the incident to 38.

The Afghan defence ministry said they were also special forces.

Update:

WASHINGTON — The Associated Press has learned that more than 20 Navy SEALs from the unit that killed Osama bin Laden were among those lost in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

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.

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6 thoughts on “31 US and 7 Afghan die in crash

  1. I wouldn’t read too much into the fact it was a Seal Team.

    The Taliban will shoot at any helicopter if they have the opportunity. Seals and other Special Operations units tend to work in much less secure areas and therefore more likely to encounter someone with the capability necessary to down the helo. This is why operational security is so important. Without more information I would not attribute this to anything more than bad luck.

    Of course that theory could change as we find our more facts.

  2. JB, I agree we need to wait for the facts but something doesn’t smell right.

    Not necessarily with the downing of this particular aircraft but with the release of the info in the “Bin Laden” raid. In detail, by this administration, seemingly before our men were back on base and debriefed.

    What purpose did it serve telling the world specifics of the “Bin Laden” operation? SEALs and others have operated around the globe unidentified for years. There could’ve been any number of cover stories without “outing” a SEAL Team and a specific SEAL Team at that.

    I am so sad at the loss of life. I expect better from our leaders!

  3. I agree 100% the release of the Bin Ladin raid information was unnecessary and dangerous. Unfortunately I expect no less of our leaders..

  4. I’m just surprised to hear there were that Many Seals in One Chopper. The Importance of these High Profile soldiers should have been split up in several Choppers. Or a Helluva lot more protection. Where is all of the high tech equipment? There is no way this should have happened.

    11th

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