Saturday, August 6, 2011
In an act eerily reminiscent of the Mujaheddin shooting USSR military helicopters down in Afghanistan 30 years ago, a U.S. military helicopter was shot down in by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The helicopter crash killed 31 U.S. special ops troops, most of them from the very same 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.
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.
Wreckage of the Chinook helicopter was strewn across the crash site.
In light of the U.S.’s worsening economic status, and Osama bin Laden’s death, can someone please explain why the American military is still in Afghanistan?