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31 American Special Forces Killed in Afghanistan!

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  1. Ab-Titchaz

    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    Afghan president: 31 Americans killed in crash


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    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A helicopter crash in Afghanistan's eastern Wardak province killed 31 U.S. special operation troops and seven Afghan soldiers, the country's president said Saturday. It was the highest number of American casualties recorded in a single incident in the decade-long war.

    President Hamid Karzai sent his condolences to President Barack Obama, according to a statement issued by his office.

    "A NATO helicopter crashed last night in Wardak province," Karzai said in the statement, adding that 31 American special operations troops were killed. "President Karzai expressed his deep condolences because of this incident and expressed his sympathy to Barack Obama."

    The Taliban claimed to have brought the helicopter down with a rocket attack, but they have been known to make exaggerated claims in the past.

    NATO confirmed the overnight crash and said there "was enemy activity in the area." But it said it was still investigating the cause. The alliance was conducting a recovery operation at the site, it said, without releasing details or a casualty figure.

    "We are aware of an incident involving a helicopter in eastern Afghanistan," said U.S. Air Force Capt. Justin Brockhoff, a NATO spokesman. "We are in the process of accessing the facts." The helicopter was a twin-rotor Chinook, which are used for transport, said an official at NATO headquarters in Brussels, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press.

    The helicopter crashed 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 NATO had attacked a house in Sayd Abad where insurgents were gathering Friday night, killing eight fighters. The Taliban then downed the helicopter. he said.

    In June 2005, 16 American troops were killed when a U.S. helicopter crashed in eastern Kunar province after apparently being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.
    Aircraft crashes are relatively frequent in Afghanistan, where insecurity and difficult terrain make air travel essential for coalition forces transporting troops and equipment.

    There have been at least 17 coalition and Afghan aircraft crashes in Afghanistan this year. Most of the crashes are 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, injuring two crewmembers.

    Meanwhile, NATO troops attacked a house and inadvertently killed eight members of a family, including women and children, in the southern Helmand province, an Afghan government official said Saturday.

    NATO said Taliban fighters fired rocket propelled grenades and small arms at coalition troops during a patrol Friday in the Nad Ali district. The troops fired back, and as the fight escalated an aistrike was called in against the Taliban position, said Brockhoff, the NATO spokesman. He said 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 killed.

    Helmand, a Taliban stronghold, is the deadliest province in Afghanistan for international troops.

    NATO has come under harsh criticism in the past for accidentally killing civilians during operations against suspected insurgents. However, civilian death tallies by the United Nations show the insurgency is responsible for most war casualties involving non-combatants.

    Also in the south, NATO said two coalition service member were killed, one on Friday and another on Saturday. The international alliance did not release further details.

    The deaths bring to 334 the number of coalition troops killed this year in Afghanistan, and 11 this month.

    http://news.yahoo.com/afghan-president-31-americans-killed-crash-093236195.html
     
  2. BabuK

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    A military helicopter was shot down in eastern Afghanistan, killing 31 U.S. special operation troops, most of them from the elite Navy SEALs unit that killed 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.

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    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. A senior U.S. 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 U.S. Air Force Capt. Justin Brockhoff, a NATO spokesman.
    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 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.
    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 killed 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 killed 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 killed. 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 fighters downed the helicopter during a "heavy raid" in Sayd Abad. He said NATO attacked a house in Sayd Abad where insurgent fighters were gathering Friday night. During the battle, the fighters shot down the helicopter, killing 31 Americans and seven Afghans, he said, adding that eight insurgents were killed in the fight.
    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 killed eight members of a family, including women and children.
    SOURCE AP
     
  3. papason

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    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) —
    The 30 American service members — most of them elite Navy SEALs — who died when their helicopter was shot down had rushed to help Army Rangers who had come under fire, two U.S. officials said Sunday.
    The heavy loss shows that clandestine tactics carry huge risks despite the huge success of the SEAL mission that killed Osama bin Laden more than three months ago. Most of the SEALs who died last Saturday 6[SUP]th[/SUP] August 2011 were from the same unit that killed bin Laden, although none of the men took part in that mission.

    U.S. officials said, It was the deadliest single loss for American forces in the decade-old war

    The U.S.-led coalition plans to rely more on special operations missions as it reduces the overall number of combat troops by the end of 2014. There were conflicting accounts late Sunday as to whether the SEAL team had subdued the attackers who had pinned down the Rangers and were departing, or whether they were hit as they tried to land. One official said they had accomplished their mission, but another said the aircraft, a Chinook helicopter, was hit as it approached.

    Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still ongoing.
    Thirty Americans and eight Afghans — seven commandos and a civilian translator — were killed in the crash, making it the deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in the decade-long war in Afghanistan. The Rangers, special operations forces who work regularly with the SEALs, secured the crash site in the Tangi Joy Zarin area of Wardak province, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) southwest of Kabul, the other official said. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the event, as the investigation is still ongoing. The SEAL mission was first reported by CNN.

    NATO was recovering the remains of the twin rotor Chinook helicopter. A current and a former U.S. official said the Americans included 22 SEALs, three Air Force members and a dog handler and his dog. The two spoke on condition of anonymity because military officials were still notifying the families of the dead.


    All but two of the SEALs were from SEAL Team 6, the unit that killed bin Laden, U.S. officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.
    Eight Taliban fighters were also killed in the battle, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement.
    Afghanistan has more U.S. special operations troops, about 10,000, than any other theater of war. The forces, often joined by Afghan troops, are among the most effective weapons in the coalition's arsenal, conducting surveillance, infiltration and capture missions and night raids. From April to July this year, 2,832 special operations raids captured 2,941 insurgents and killed 834, twice as many as during the same time period last year, according to NATO.

    SEALs, Rangers, and other special operations troops are expected to be the vanguard of the American military effort in Afghanistan as international military forces start pulling out. By the time combat troops plan to have left the country, the coalition will have handed control of security to the Afghan forces they have spent tens of billions of dollars arming and training.
    Special operations troops are expected to remain in the country after 2014 for counterterrorism missions and advisory support. Just how many will remain has not yet been negotiated with the Afghan government, but the United States is considering from 5,000 to 20,000, far fewer than the 100,000 U.S. troops there now.

    Special operations forces are frequently used to target insurgent commanders as part of an effort to force the Taliban's leadership to agree to a negotiated peace. The operations, mostly in the form of night raids, are often carried out by Afghan and coalition special operations forces. Night raids have drawn criticism from human rights activists and infuriated Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who says they anger and alienate the Afghan population.

    But NATO commanders have said the raids are safer for civilians than relatively imprecise airstrikes.
    As U.S. forces removed the wreckage Sunday, nearby Afghan and NATO forces battled insurgents as they carried out clearing operations in the areas around the crash site, a region that is just a stone's throw from the capital. The province, which borders Kabul, has increasingly come under Taliban control in recent months — even as the U.S.-led coalition has begun handing over security for parts of Afghanistan over to the government of President Hamid Karzai.

    "There have been a small number of limited engagements in the same district" as Saturday's helicopter crash, NATO said in a statement. "However those clashes have not been in the direct vicinity of the crash site. As of now, we have no reporting to indicate any coalition casualties resulting from these engagements."

    Source: Associated Press, writer Lolita C. Baldor also contributed from Washington
     
  4. papason

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    Nadhani sasa ni muda muafaka kwa Obama na cabinet yake kuangalia umuhimu wa kuendelea kupigana vita hii isiyo na mwisho na ikiwezekana atafute permanent political solutions rather than keep on fighting with these 'undercover warriors' hii inawezekana kabisa
     
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    Sio kama nashabikia kuuwawa kwa hao wavamizi lakini mbona wao wamewauwa ma elfu ya wa Afghans? iweje leo wanapata machungu ebu fikiria kama wangetua ardhini wangewauwa wanawake na watoto ambao ni inocents waangapi?.......inapowezekana anaye jiandaa kuuwa nae auwawe
     
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    Kuna Chino nyingine iliyotunguliwa jana (baada ya hiyo ya awali) lakini NATO wamesema ilifanya-crash landing. Taliban wansema waliitungua na kuuwa wamarekani wengine 30.
     
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    JokaKuu Platinum Member

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    ..kuna wanaodai kuna mkono wa Iran.

    ..kama Taliban wamepata utaaalamu wa kutungua helikopta basi Wamarekani watakuwa na wakati mgumu ktk vita hii.

    ..Wasovieti walikimbia Afghanistan baada ya Mujahideen kupata makombora ya kutungua ndege toka Marekani.
     
  8. kilimasera

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    [TD]Wanajeshi wa Marekani wapatao 22 toka kikosi cha Seal Team Six kilichotumika kumuua Osama bin Laden wamefariki dunia baada helikopta waliyokuwemo kutunguliwa na makombora ya Taliban nchini Afghanistan.[/TD]
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    [TD="colspan: 3"]Jeshi la Marekani limepata pigo kubwa sana la mwaka baada ya kupoteza jumla ya wanajeshi 31 wakiwemo wanajeshi 22 toka kikosi maalumu cha Seal Team Six ambacho wanajeshi wake walitumika katika shambulio la kumuua kiongozi wa Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden.

    Seal Team Six ni kikosi maalumu cha makomandoo wa Marekani ambacho ndicho kilichotumika kuivamia nyumba ya Osama bin Laden nchini Pakistan na kumuua kiongozi huyo wa Al-Qaeda.

    Taarifa iliyotolewa ilisema kwamba helikopta ya kijeshi ya Marekani iliyokuwa imewabeba wanajeshi 31 wa Marekani pamoja na makomandoo saba wa Afghanistan ilitunguliwa na makombora ya wanamgambo wa Taliban.

    Kuuliwa kwa wanajeshi wengi wa Marekani ndani ya siku moja ni pigo kubwa sana kwa jeshi la Marekani katika vita hivyo vya Afghanistan ambavyo vimekuwa vikiendelea kwa takribani miaka 10 sasa.

    Mmoja wa maafisa wa Marekani ambaye hakutaka kutaja jina lake alisema kwamba helikopta hiyo ya kijeshi ya Marekani ilitunguliwa na Taliban kwenye mji wa Wardak usiku wa siku ya ijumaa.

    Mashuhuda wa tukio hilo walisema kwamba helikopta hiyo ilitunguliwa wakati ilipokuwa ikifanya shambulizi kwenye maeneo yanayotawaliwa na Taliban kwenye mji wa Wardak.

    "Tulikuwa nyumbani usiku wakati tulipoona helikopta ikitua juu ya paa la jumba la kamanda wa Taliban na mara risasi zilianza kuvurumishwa toka pande zote mbili", alisema mmoja wa mashuhuda wa tukio hilo Mohammad Saber.

    Saber aliongeza kuwa helikopta hiyo iliamua kuondoka toka eneo hilo lakini ghafla ilidondoka chini na kulipuka.

    Msemaji wa Taliban, Zabiullah Mujahid alisema kwamba wanamgambo wa Taliban ndio waliyoiangusha helikopta hiyo kwa kombora.

    Pia Mujahid alibainisha kuwa wanamgambo wanane wa Taliban waliuliwa wakati wa shambulio hilo.[/TD]
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  9. Ami

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    Upuuzi mtupu!.Huoni hakuna aliyechangia.
    Na mimi nakueleza.Achana na propaganda za kimarekani.Wakubali tu kuwa wanapigana na wanaume kama wao.
     
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    hii tulisha isoma mkuu ngoja waje wataaram wakuwekee na link.
     
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    Kwangu ni heros wanaotulindia dunia hii maana taliban hawaangalii nani yupo na wenzetu wakitaka kuua ukiwepo nawe wala kushoto. Mungu awalaze pema peponi.
     
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    rest in hell and god knows that you cheat the world just for popularity. and god will bless osama and the family.
    i write it cause i hate US than anything..:angry:
     
  13. Gamba la Nyoka

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    halafu jana nacheki kwenye habari, wamarekani wanadai yule taliban aliyewaua hawa Wanajeshi wakimarekani naya kauawa kwa air strike!!!

    Jamani tuweni wadadisi kidogo!, Osama ameuawa, Waliomuua Wameuawa(supposedly kuwa ni hawa SEAL ,maana hawatasema kuwa ndiyo wenyewe), then aliyewaua hawa naye kauawa!!. Je Wamarekani wanajaribu kuficha UKweli kuhusiana na Kifo cha Osama?. Je wameamua kuwatungua wanajeshi wao wenyewe kuondoa uwezekano wa kuvuja habari kuhusiana na operesheni nzima iliyomuua mtu aitwaye Osama?.

    Something smells fishy here!!!!
     
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    nadhani inajidanganya! Kufikiria US anakulinda wewe.ukiuwa kwa upanga utakufa kwa upanga. God wapige moto zaidi wavamizi na wezi wa Mali za watu.heko Taliban kwa kulipiza kisasi, heko kamanda Al-dhawahir.
     
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    Sio god ni GOD/God
     
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    Waendelee kuuwana mpaka mtu wa mwisho
     
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    American drama after 9/11 Continues...!
     
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    RIP the great heros ... !!
     
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