Taliban Who Downed US Helicopter Killed
The Taliban insurgents who downed a Chinook helicopter killing 38 troops were killed in a raid over the weekend.
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 8/10/2011, 5:31 PM
The top US commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday international forces killed the Taliban insurgents responsible for downing a US helicopter and killing 38 US and Afghan forces over the weekend.
Marine Corps Gen. John Allen told a Pentagon news conference Wednesday forces learned where the insurgents had fled to and killed them in an early Monday morning air strike.
A separate statement to the media from Afghanistan said the strike killed Taliban leader Mullah Mohibullah and the insurgent who fired the rocket-propelled grenade that downed the Chinook helicopter.
The downing of the Chinook was a tragic blow for the United States as 22 of those killed were members of the US Navy's DEVGRU, or Seal Team Six, that conducted the targeted killing of Al Qaeda arch-terrorist Osama Bin Laden earlier this year.