Saturday, August 6, 2011

31 U.S. Special Forces Killed in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan- On Friday, August 5, 2011 The Taliban claimed they downed a U.S. military helicopter with rocket fire while it was taking part in a raid on a house where insurgents were gathered in the province of Wardak.

Sources said more than 20 SEALs from Team Six were killed. Team Six is the unit that carried out the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

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The death toll would surpass the worst single day loss of life for the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001

NATO confirmed the overnight crash took place and that there "was enemy activity in the area." But it said it was still investigating the cause and conducting a recovery operation at the site.

A senior U.S. administration official in Washington said it was apparently shot down by insurgents. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the crash is still being investigated.

Whatever your politics, please remember our Freedom is won & maintained by the sacrifices of our military men & women. Please keep them in your prayers & thoughts. Honor them by not taking your freedoms for granted…although it is your right to do so.

“Any nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure“ - oft attributed to Abraham Lincoln.

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31 lost, 31 unwanted visits, 31 doors received that dreaded knock, 31 families with shattered hearts, 31 pairs of boots lined up with rifles, dog tags & helmets, 31 comrades remembered and grieved for, 31 funerals, 31 names on new grave markers, 31 empty places at the table, 31 souls who gave all, whose lives leave a void; take 31 seconds to repost this & pause to reflect on such a sacrifice. God bless them & their families!

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