It was the worst loss of life in the continuing war in Afghanistan. August 6, 2011, a military helicopter is shot down, 38 people on board are killed, including 17 members of Seal Team Six. The same military elite squad that was immortalized after successfully carrying out a Mission Impossible and killing Osama Bin Laden.
The families of the Seals killed in action are furious. They feel their sons were purposely targeted by the Taliban after the Obama administration confirmed that it was the Navy SEALs Team 6 who killed Osama bin Laden three months earlier. The families also question the sudden replacement of seven Afghan commandos on board the helicopter just before take-off. As it turned out, the seven Afghan commandos killed in the helicopter shotdown were not the seven listed in the flight manifest. To this day, none of them know who those dead Afghans were.
Bill Vaughn, father of killed Navy SEAL Aaron Vaugh, said the SEALs were ferried by a Vietnam-era Chinook helicopter rather than their customary state-of-the-art special forces choppers, and the Taliban must have seen that as the perfect opportunity to target the troops.
The U.S. fighters were also reminded before landing not to clear the area of potential enemies with suppressing fire because there might be civilians in the areas.
As many questions remain unanswered, such as why the helicopter’s black box was never recovered, the families couldn’t help but believe that the attack was carefully planned and not just a result of a random “lucky shot” as what U.S. military officials had been telling them.
At a news conference, the family members revealed that a Muslim cleric was allowed to attend the military funerals of the servicemembers and disparaged them by “damning them as infidels to Allah.”
The families are prepared to suit the United States and Afghanistan governments to get answers to questions like –
– Why did President Obama and Vice President Biden, disclose on May 4, 2011, that Navy SEAL Team VI carried out the successful raid on Bin Laden’s compound resulting in the master terrorist’s death, putting a retaliatory target on the backs of the fallen heroes?
– Why did high-level military officials send these Navy SEAL Team VI heroes into battle without special operations aviation and proper air support?
– Why Afghan forces accompanying the Navy SEAL Team VI servicemen on the helicopter were not properly vetted and how they possibly disclosed classified information to the Taliban about the mission, resulting in the shoot down of the helicopter?
– How military brass prohibited any mention of a Judeo-Christian God, but invited a Muslim cleric to the funeral for the fallen Navy SEAL Team VI heroes who disparaged in Arabic the memory of these servicemen by damning them as infidels to Allah?
In the middle of a slew of Washington scandals, this might be the biggest one. The one that no one is talking about. Why must there families endure a lawsuit and have to expend any time and money to find out how and why their sons died? Are there no in Washington to take up the cause of fallen heroes? The best way to honor their memory is with the truth/