SEALs were going after Taliban leader when helicopter shot down, officials say
Helicopter shot down after forces pursued Taliban target, officials say
August 7th, 2011
12:02 PM ET

SEALs were going after Taliban leader when helicopter shot down, officials say

The 22 Navy SEALs killed when their helicopter was shot down in Wardak province were part of a mission to go after a known Taliban leader directly responsible for attacks against American troops, two U.S. military officials have told CNN.

Get up to date on the incident that happened Saturday in Afghanistan

According to new information CNN's Barbara Starr obtained, the SEALs who were killed had been called in to assist another unit on the ground pinned down in a firefight. The officials did not know if the Taliban leader had been killed. They declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of ongoing operations in the crash area.

Coalition forces remain at the crash site in order to remove all the wreckage, and prevent insurgents from taking photos of the scene to use as a "propaganda tool," one official said. Investigators will be examining the wreckage, but the same official said the crash was catastrophic that there may be little to glean from it. The United States had specific reports of enemy weapons activity in the same area at the time of the crash, so officials continue to assume that the Chinook was shot down. One of the officials also said that while the Chinook helicopter has been described as a "conventional" aircraft, it did have all the latest electronic equipment and that the crew had special operations training.

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  1. D3C0D3

    Wonder if any of these SEALS were the same ones that got Bin? If so I wonder if anyone is thinking what I am? No pictures. Dumping him at sea. Now this.

    August 8, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. maliban

    you guys are such liars. your last spin job claimed they were on a rescue mission.

    August 8, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. AAA

    First off, nobody (NO ONE) has any clue whether or not bin laden's body was dumped at sea. Secondly, What do you mean "no pictures??" NOOOOOOoooooooo, ya think??? The military doesn't have to prove JACk to you. They owe you nothing! Lastly, something's verrrry strange here! They NEVER (EVER) stick that many spec ops on one POS vehicle like the Chinook.....EVER! Something's fishy!

    August 9, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JoBeth

      I didn't realize that. Could you please elaborate on this?

      August 27, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
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