CH-47 Was Bringing Reinforcements To Join Pinned-Down Army
CNN is reporting that the American commandos who died when their
helicopter was apparently shot down in eastern Afghanistan early
Saturday morning were targeting a Taliban commander directly
responsible for attacks on U.S. troops, according to military
officials with knowledge of the operation.
The crash killed 38, 30 of them U.S. service members, making the
incident the deadliest single day for Americans in the conflict
officially called "Operation Enduring Freedom." Among the dead were
22 Navy SEALs who were being flown in to assist an Army Rangers
unit pinned down by enemy fire in Wardak province.
The military officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity,
said the current location of the Taliban leader targeted are
A U.S. official confirmed the majority of the SEALs killed
Saturday belong to the same covert "Team Six" that conducted the
May raid that killed Osama bin Laden, though no individuals who
actually participated in that raid were on the helicopter downed
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for Saturday's attack,
saying it was accomplished using a rocket-propelled grenade.