31 American special forces and seven Afghan troops Killed In NATO Helicopter In Afghanistan.In a written statement, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the group claimed responsibility, and said NATO had attacked a house in Sayd Abad where Taliban fighters were gathering on Friday.
“US helicopter shot down in Taliban trap”
The Taliban then fired on NATO and brought down the helicopter, killing the crew, Mujahid said.
|Taliban give Big blow to Team 6 U.S Special Forces|
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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The Afghan official confirmed the militants’ claim. “The US chopper that crashed last night was shot down by the Taliban as it was taking off. A rocket fired by the militants hit it and completely destroyed it,” Shahid said. Seven Afghans were also killed during the crash in the restive central-eastern region, the statement said.NATO’s International Security Assistance Force spokesman Justin Brockhoff confirmed the crash and acknowledged the helicopter had been flying in area where there was reported insurgent activity, but declined to offer additional details.
Currently, there are 150,000 ISAF forces in Afghanistan, including nearly 100,000 from the United States — the largest NATO presence in the region since the U.S.-led war began in 2001.
Comments: If all of Seal Team 6 unit that killed Osama bin Laden were there. It sound like another inside job.This incident puts a complete end to any investigation for truth behind OBL operation.
- 31 Americans Killed Including 25 SEALs in Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan
Mukhtar said that Pakistan would pull back troops from the nearly 1,100 check posts set up along the Pak-Afghan border.Following Pakistan Defence Minister Ahmad Mukhtar’s statement that Pakistan would withdraw its troops from the Pak-Afghan border, Maj Gen Jamshed Ayaz said that Pakistan was well within its rights to utilise the troops where it sees its
national interest served best and it was a good statement from the defence minister.
The defence minister also said that the government has asked American military trainers to leave the country because they were seen to be connected with Raymond Davis. He said that the government had asked them to leave for because they broke the rules.Mukhtar said “this money (US military aid) is not for fighting the war, but is money that we have spent already.”
Mukhtar said that Pakistan could not afford to keep its military out in the mountains or in the border areas for a long period of time.
“The next step would be that the government or the armed forces will pull back the forces from the border areas,” he said.
US President Barack Obama will order the withdrawal of at least 15,000 American troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, the start of a steady drawdown of US forces before handing security over to the Afghan army and police, according to several White House and military officials and analysts in Washington.
Across the board, members of Congress from both parties have started to speak out more forcefully against the war. This week, a bipartisan group of 27 senators wrote to Obama in support of a plan to inaugurate a complete US pullout.It is time for the United States to shift course in
Afghanistan.’ Senior senators, such as Michigan’s Carl Levin of Michigan, chairman of the powerful Armed Services Committee, and John Kerry of Massachusetts, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, have described the war as unsustainable.‘While the US has genuine national security interests in Afghanistan, our current commitment, in troops and dollars, is neither proportional to our interests nor sustainable,’ said Kerry
“The only thing I guess I would say to that is: I hope I’ve prevented us from doing some dumb things over the past four and a half years — or maybe dumb is not the right word, but things that were not actually in our interest,” Mr. Gates said. For the first time since the start of the war, its cost has become a major battleground. Because the fighting on the ground has at most produced a stalemate, with the Taliban and other insurgents decamping across the border to Pakistan when the pressure grows intense, more and more people in Washington are asking whether the United States can afford to spend $10 billion a month to maintain a stalemate. Newt Gingrich, a bombastic former speaker of the US House of Representatives, agreed. ‘I think that we need to think fundamentally about reassessing our entire strategy in the region,’ he said ‘I think that we should say to the generals we would like to figure out how to get out as rapidly as possible with the safety of the troops involved.’