Aug 9, 2011

SEAL Team Six Members Died in Copter Crash

SEAL Team Six members of the US Navy SEALs die after a NATO helicopter crashes in eastern Afghanistan early Saturday during a "quick reaction" mission to assist military personnel pinned down by insurgents in a fierce firefight.

31 U.S. troops, including at least 21 Navy SEALs and seven Afghan soldiers based in Hampton Roads were among the casualties when a helicopter carrying them went down while they were reinforcing other troops.

Although majority of the Navy SEALs who died belonged to the same covert unit that conducted the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May, U.S. officials say that none of them were part of the team that killed Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama said the deaths were "a reminder of the extraordinary sacrifices made by the men and women of our military and their families, including all who have served in Afghanistan."

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