17 Navy SEALs Among 38 Killed In Afghanistan
On Saturday, 38 people, including 17 members of the covert NAVY SEALs, were killed in a helicopter crash after being shot down by Taliban insurgents in the Wardak province of eastern Afghanistan. Officials initially said 31 Americans were killed but the Pentagon revised that number to 30 U.S. soldiers, an interpreter and 7 Afghans.
The majority of the SEALs who died reportedly belonged to the SEAL Team Six – the special-forces unit responsible for conducting the Pakistan raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May. However, they were not the same men. A U.S. military official told CNN, “It’s a big loss” for the SEALs. The numbers are high.”
The CH-47 Army Chinook was brought down by rocket fire while en route to reinforce an Army Rangers unit that had come under enemy fire. This is now the single deadliest loss for U.S. troops since the war against al-Qaeda began in 2001.
President Obama and Afghan president Hamid Karzai offered their condolences to the victims’ families.
“Their death is a reminder of the extraordinary sacrifice made by the men and women of our military and their families,” Obama said. “We will draw inspiration from their lives, and continue the work of securing our country and standing up for the values that they embodied. We also mourn the Afghans who died alongside our troops in pursuit of a more peaceful and hopeful future for their country.”