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. RJWTimes Bradford England

    This mission is another disaster for the Obama presidency. I take my heart out to tthose killed in attacks.

    August 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spyder1

      @RJWTimes Bradford England – Your an idiot. This started long before President Obama was in office. For those of you who know nothing about politics, change of command, military operations, and general respect and decency; if you wanted to blame President Obama for continuing an operation that his predecessor began, you would blame him just the same if we "brought the troops home" and got attacked again. You would say that he "let it happen". You need to read all of the stories, see the good we are doing before you dishonor the President and the immense responsibility he has.

      August 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. nur amabo nur

    The government/bank owned media just keeps spewing these lies. What a joke, a 2nd grader can see through this bs. Get real news @ infowars or news blok, or prepare to be dupped out of everything you own and become a slave.

    August 7, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. SABC

    Condolences to the families and friends of those killed in this disaster and to others killed while in action.

    I just don't understand how this on particular tragedy can happen when our troops are so prepared.

    Why no press conference from Obama this time???????

    August 7, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. HIKER

    Now how can that BIG A-S-S B-I-T-C-H get shot down? No way, maybe by a tank with ammo the size of Texas!

    August 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ILovelife

    Okay everyone im just wondering why do the world blame our president for everything ..Alot of mess was , left by Mr.G.W now I know we want this perfect world but that will not happen. My heart goes out to the ones who lost their lives and the families.

    August 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sam

    Press conference for what? WTH

    August 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. nur amabo nur

    In other statically impossible news, a group of Somalian pirates, who chipped in on a lottery ticket, won the mega-bucks jackpot this weekend.

    August 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. lala

    The helicopter probably crashed due to malfunction or pilot error so the Navy decided to give these guys hero status. Now that's a story I believe

    August 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • CW2 Johnson

      Hey, just a thought, but maybe you should think about who reads this. The guys flying that helicopter were some of the best in the world. The crew members and SEALS on board are heroes and good friends of mine, so sit back on your couch and enjoy the luxury of being able to be incompassionate that they provide for you.

      August 8, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. Phantom VI

    @ lala:
    You may possibly be correct.
    Pilot error would seem more likely to me than malfunction.

    August 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. raven

    It doesnt matter HOW it was brought down ,they were soldiers trying to preserve an ideal. They ARE heroes .

    August 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    Why the hell do people read these articles if no-one believes a word they say?

    My sympathy to the families of the fallen.

    August 7, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy


    August 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ajd041

    Theyd have to shoot at its engines presicely to bring one down it was probably pilot error wheres the black box i wanna hear what happened

    August 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy


    Well said.

    August 7, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. HelenHull102951

    I say burn all the stinking rag heads. We don't need those dirty people on this planet.

    August 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Come on Helen, someone has already asked you just where did you learn how to hate like that. Are you a member of the Tea Party Movement by any chance? It appears that way since these Tea Partiers harbor more hate today than the Union Army did during the Civil War(1861-1865)!

      August 7, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
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