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1 theheat  Wed, Aug 10, 2011 10:43:55am

This makes a good revenge story. The truth may be something else altogether.

2 laZardo  Wed, Aug 10, 2011 11:01:44am
3 Bob Dillon  Wed, Aug 10, 2011 11:07:29am

The Taliban fighters who shot down the CH-47 Chinook and killed 38 people on Saturday were killed by an American airstrike on Monday, said the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Marine Gen. John Allen told reporters at the
Pentagon Wednesday via satellite that U.S. commanders tracked the group of insurgents that fired the rocket propelled grenade at the helo, apparently back to a hideout, and then ordered an Air Force F-16 to put “ordnance on
target.” Which it did.

Allen said he and other top leaders were confident it was the same group of men, but he did not go into details about how they were tracked or how that was confirmed. This is just Buzz talking, but it’s possible a Predator or other unmanned surveillance aircraft was watching Saturday’s operation as a
matter of course, and it may have caught the insurgents firing on the helo and followed them fleeing the area.

4 Bob Dillon  Wed, Aug 10, 2011 3:11:38pm

ISAF Forces Conduct Airstrike Against Insurgents Responsible for Downing CH-47
ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan
2011-08-S-025
For Immediate Release

KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 10, 2011) – Coalition forces killed the Taliban insurgents involved with the recent downing of the CH-47 helicopter, with a precision airstrike in Chak district, Wardak province, yesterday.

The strike killed Taliban leader Mullah Mohibullah and the insurgent who fired the shot associated with the Aug. 6 downing of the CH-47 helicopter, which resulted in the deaths of 38 Afghan and coalition service members.

Mullah Mohibullah was a key facilitator in an insurgent attack cell led by Din Mohammad, a Taliban leader killed in a previous Special Operations mission. As a leader in Mohammad’s network in Tangi valley, Mohibullah had as many as 12 Taliban fighters under his command, including potential suicide bombers.

On the night of the crash, the inbound CH-47 carried Special Operations Forces intended to pursue insurgents from Mohammad’s network that were fleeing an engagement in which six militants had already been killed. While it has not been determined if enemy fire was the sole reason for the helicopter crash, it did take fire from several insurgent locations on its approach.

After an exhaustive manhunt, Special Operations forces located Mullah Mohibullah and the shooter after receiving multiple intelligence leads and tips from local citizens. The two men were attempting to flee the country in order to avoid capture.

The security force located and followed the insurgents to a wooded area in Chak district. After ensuring no civilians were in the area, the force called for the airstrike which resulted in the deaths of the Mullah Mohibullah, the shooter, and several of their Taliban associates.

The security force assesses no civilians were harmed during the strike.

isaf.nato.int

5 wrenchwench  Wed, Aug 10, 2011 3:37:40pm

An update on the 38 victims on the CH-47 Chinook:

The Pentagon will put the death toll of Navy SEALs in last weekend’s downing of a helicopter in Afghanistan at 17, according to two Defense Department officials.

The original figure provided to the news media by Pentagon sources for the number of SEALs killed was 22.

Officials say further information that has come in also indicates that not all of the SEALs were assigned to a top-secret Naval unit as they originally said.

Officials now say the following: There were 22 Navy personnel on the helicopter. Of that number, 15 were SEALs belonging to the top-secret unit that conducted the raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan. Two others were SEALs assigned to a regular Naval special operations unit.

Five additional Navy personnel were so-called conventional forces with particular specialties who regularly worked with the SEALs. One official said that included a dog handler and some communications specialists.

The other eight U.S. troops killed were three Air Force forward air controllers and five Army helicopter crew members.

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