August 6th, 2011
11:17 AM ET

Dozens of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan copter crash

More than two dozen American troops are believed to have died in a deadly Chinook helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan overnight, a U.S. military official told CNN on Saturday.

Among those killed were a mix of special forces from different services, the official said. If the numbers are confirmed, the incident would be the most deadly for coalition forces in the Afghan war, according to a CNN count of international troop deaths.

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  1. Imam the terrible

    Hindu man, your words are harsh but, I can't blame you. It appears that Muslims will continue to stand by and do nothing about the horrible things that are being done in the name of Islam. I think that if things do not change soon, they (Muslims) won't be welcome anywhere. Muslims, its your religion that is being hijacked by terrorists, find them and kill them like the rat B@stards they are or continue to be hated throughout the world.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Hindu is an idiot. The muslims are not responsible for terrorism or for the hijacking of a religion, no more than the Hindu are responsible for the Nazis highjacking of the swastika.
      Radicalization is largely caused by the western military operations in the middle east. Religion is not the cause, but the solution.
      Muslims should follow Sharia more strictly and USA should respect more the human rights.

      August 11, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. salisu lawan ayagi

    I advise muslim all over the world to put hands on table fight for their right islam is a world wide religious they have the right to live all over the world.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hindu man

      No one wants Muslims around, they fight and try to kill every one. They can't be trusted, just look at the Muslims who were part of Karzi's security force and even shot him dead. YOUR RELIGION IS POISON AND THE WORLD WILL TAKE CARE OF ISLAM AND THEIR MIS-LEAD FOLLOWING!!!! stay in the poopholes you come from, DO NOT COME TO THE WESTERN WORLD, you people destroy everywhere you live, WE DON'T WANT YOU PIGS!!!!!!

      August 11, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Salisu – In the west muslims arefree to follow their religion even more than in many muslim countries, but they must follow the local laws. Many muslims are wealthy entrepreneurs, other are doing normal jobs and the problems they eventually face are related with the difficoult to find an occupation.

      August 11, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. NucularInternets

    I offer my condolences to the men killed. They were doing what they loved, as their wives told the news companies. Losing that many spec ops soldiers will certainly put a hole in the US precision strike capability, however. It's probably a big blow to morale, also.

    Thankfully, the Taliban who shot down the bird got killed today. Back to making Afghanistan a safer place for the Afghan people.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      There is no sure proof that the Taliban killed were those shoting down the helicopter. May be they like to think so.
      It is a great comfort, indeed, especially for the families.

      August 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      I was just wondering how long it would be before one of these right-wing nutjobs(like Nucularinternets) start to spew their mumbo-jumbo on this web page. It never ends! Those bozoes were there for the killing, pure and simple!!!

      August 11, 2011 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. ronvan

    There are so many idiots on this blog that it is a waste of time to get involved! The, yes, OLD, CH 47 is one of the oldest heavy lift choppers in service. For those of you that say it is slow, you need to get it straight! The CH 47 is FASTER than a Blackhawk and most attack choppers, has been upgraded numerous times, and carries more weight than any other helicopter. YES, I do question this entire tragedy, it just doesn't smell right, and smaks of some very poor leadership!

    August 10, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • AH-1 SC Man

      Ronvan, your information is incorrect, I will admit the CH-47 is a work horse but, its a big pathetically slow moving target.
      A Cobra or Apache would make quick work of its existance. In an attack senario the CH-47 would last 30 seconds at best. Guy, this thing was brought down supposedly by an RPG which I personally don't believe. This whole situation stinks to high heaven.

      August 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        You cannot compare a transport helicopter with an attack helicopter.

        August 10, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • NucularInternets

        RPGs have taken down Chinooks numerous times; Takur Ghar during Anaconda was one such example.

        And yes, Salerno is right :/

        Chinooks are not meant to be attack helicopters, they only carry machine guns whereas an Apache or Cobra carries an autocannon, Hellfire/TOW missiles and rockets.

        August 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • AH-1 SC Man

        You are correct, they are not the same and you are not comparing apples to apples. Fighting platforms are much more manuverable and quicker than their transport buddies. Their is NO COMPARISON.

        August 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • NucularInternets

        Yes, but we are talking about transport helos, are we not?

        The Apache can't transport troops. Nor can the Cobra. There is a reason why we have transport helicopters, you know...

        August 10, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • AH-1 SC Man

        We were in the beginning until Ronvan decided to cite some incorrect performance capabilities of the CH-47 compared to the Black Hawk and most Attack Helos. That is where the difference lies, I really don't care but I fly these for a living and I just love when all these experts come out of the closet and start talking smack.

        August 11, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. ThrillatheKilla

    We need to get out of this obnoxious war as soon as possible and that's all there is to it! As we have seen on Wall Street today, how this war has had a terrible impact on our economy all because some right-wing fanatics in Washington want to dominate Central Asia. It's high time to tell these goons just where to get off!!!

    August 8, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Wellcome to the reality goose. We saw the problems in US economy some years in advance compared to you.
      If even you are tamed now, we can declare victory.

      August 9, 2011 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
    • ThrillatheKilla

      You stole my call sign PU**Y BOY, Thanks for admitting that you are stupid and wrong. Only a Paki loser would steal another's call sign to change the truth. Good Luck to all you UNEMPLOYED, PATHETIC, STUPID STINKIN PAKIS!!!!!!

      August 9, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        As always you are wrong.

        August 9, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. ThrillatheKilla

    I truly wonder if the CH-47 was shot down or just broke down. We should be retiring that beast as it is noisy and slow and has a lot of mechanical problems all the time, why did they not use a CH-56 Sea Stallion??? Much more quiet and much faster, plus why was this air ship not escorted by Cobras or Apaches????? Some body screwed up and needs to pay by losing their rank for such a retard decision. When will the brass get their heads out of their @ss??????
    WOW, thats poetry!!!!!

    August 8, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Allah inspired bad decisions inside the infidels !! Ha Ha !!

      August 8, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan fron Chicago,IL

        Won't you be surprised when you find out that you all have been praying to the sun and moon gods for the past 1600 years or so!?

        August 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
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      • ThrillatheKilla

        Salerno, don't breed and have offspring, for they too will be stupid like their daddy and the goat you did!!!!!!

        August 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. >>

    Reading some of the comments on these Afghan threads is like watching a horrifying train wreck in slo-mo.

    August 8, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      More disgusting.than horrifying comments to me.

      August 8, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan fron Chicago,IL

        Like the arrogance and lies you post here!

        August 8, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan fron Chicago,IL

      May the Lord also console the Vaughn family along with the rest of the men killed in the helicopter downing for they gave their all to fight the evil within Islam! I also ask the Lord to somehow show the Islamic world that this war on terror is a war they should be fighting with all their might to crush the evil that lie's within Islam. Lord I ask in your name Jesus Christ, Amen!

      August 8, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan fron Chicago,IL

        What other way do you receive the Holy Spirit, Which is God's Spirit? There is only ONE way!

        August 8, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      I post nothing but the truth. The truth about US military criminal activity as emerged by the news and photos/videos.

      August 8, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan fron Chicago,IL

        You call Israel a violent and racist nation, A TOTAL LIE! The fact is the Muslims surrounding Israel are violent and racist! Israel allows Arabs to come into Israel to work and their are many Muslims in Israel and even in the government without any racial slurs or attacks! The fact is Islam wants to control all of the Middle-East including Israel and many Muslims have continuously attacked Israel also with the support from Syria and Iran to Hezbollah and Hamas! You are a racist just like them who wish the destruction of Israel! Tell me do you not wish that the Jews did not own any land that they now own? Do you not have the same assertion as Ahmadinejad towards the Jewish state? DO NOT LIE!

        August 8, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan fron Chicago,IL


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      • salerno

        Honestly, I think muslims were wrong in 1948 to attack Israel, as they fought togheter against the British (Jews Beghin was considered a terrorist by the UK).
        I think Muslims were wrong and violated Sharia law when they (especially the Almohadi) tried to apply Sharia law by force in Europe even in his religious part.
        Allah punished Israel for considering the choosen people, punished the muslims forcing them out of Europe (with the exception of US enforced state of Kosovo) and now punished the navy seals.

        August 8, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        We agree that the Almohadis were not good muslims. It looks like something went wrong with the Islamic presence in Europe. They initially brough culture, but later things degenerated and people reacted. There is a reason why Allah did not allow islam spreading militarily in Europe.

        August 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
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  8. Dan fron Chicago,IL

    I am so sorry Candie Reagan, I hope that the Lord can console you and your family. Your husband was the finest of America!

    August 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • >>

      Those who would deny the Holocaust occurred look to these miserable bigots who who murder Jewish people all over again of only they could.

      The Holocaust Memorial
      is known by too few because there is a resurgence of those who would blame and murder Jewish people yet again.

      Yad = a place; Shem = a name. "A place and a name," for those who were not given the dignity of a Jewish burial, or any burial at all in millions of cases.

      Bigotry and mindless hatred, it seems. will never die.

      August 7, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
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        typo: ".....who would murder......."

        August 7, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • >>

        Consider what this miserable troll means when it says "criminal racist jews" as if by saying such IT is not a criminal racist itself.

        Its spewings DEFINE criminal racism and a brutal, crude mindset.

        August 7, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • >>

        thank you for making my point in spectacular style!

        As an educational point for other bigots, the Nazis and Zionists were totally NOT the same thing:

        Nazism (National Socialism) was the ideology and practice of the Nazi Party and of Nazi Germany. It was a unique variety of fascism that incorporated biological racism and antisemitism.

        Zionism is a Jewish political movement that, in its broadest sense, has supported the self-determination of the Jewish people in a sovereign Jewish national homeland. Since the establishment of the State of Israel, the Zionist movement continues primarily to advocate on behalf of the Jewish state and address threats to its continued existence and security.

        August 7, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
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        August 7, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan fron Chicago,IL

        The problem with muslims is that they think they should own the whole Middle-East when Israel just wants to be a small state in the Middle-East and at peace with their neighbors, but that won't happen because of the Islamic faith and it's belief in world domination!

        August 8, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Israel is a violent racist nation installing new settlements that are considered illegal by the international community, and condamned even by president Obama. Additionally Israel violated UN resolutions, but differently from Iraq or Libya, USA vetoed any military action against Israel. If you are stupid to protect Israel instead of your citizens and your country it's your problem.

        August 8, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bangash

    These SEAL 6 guys are victims of CIA's Osama game in this region. Osama death is still a mystry and these guys were the eyewittnes in the climax of Osama drama and there was possibility these guys may expose this game any time therefore they were killed the way ex President Keneddy was killed by CIA to hide the facts. In intelligence games such killings are necessory for maintenance of security in a highly sensitive operations. Taliban have no such weapons for hitting of these helicopters otherwise they would have never left any helicopter to fly in air any where in Afghanistan. No doubt after few years any CIA operative may write a book and expose the facts behind this incident but at this stage Talibans are being blamed while Taliban are still silent in taking the credit for this. So Americans as a nation should demand enquiry to know the real face of their rulers.

    August 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Lubin

      Very well stated, Bangash. In fact, the C.I.A. is the biggest terrorist organization the world has yet seen and tragically enough, the most successful! There are far more victims of this organization than we'll ever know!!!

      August 7, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dan fron Chicago,IL

    These MEN who were killed are the BEST that mankind has to offer! They worked hard to fight injustice and the animals that exist in our world today! They surely will be rewarded for their commitment to society! God, like I asked you to cloak the passengers of flight 93 in gold, I ask the same for these men!

    August 7, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Detroit, MI

      Dan, you must be kidding here! Those men went because the right-wing fanatics here somehow convinced them that going to war would be fun and games and killing those so-called "towelheads" would afford them glory under the sun. Sadly enough, nothing could be further from the truth!

      August 7, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
      • Andrew Lubin

        Very well put, Dan. Thank you. You seem to be smarter than the other Dan for some reason or at least the above posts make you appear that way.

        August 7, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan fron Chicago,IL

      Killing Islamic radicals IS NOT killing towelheads! I agree that Islam should make this a top priority and not leave this fight for America or it's ally,s, BUT when they attack us, tell me please, should we let them continue in their assault on western nations interests and do nothing about it? THESE MEN WERE SURELY ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY!

      August 7, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan fron Chicago,IL

        They DO NOT give their lives to fight evil, SO NO they are NOT the best to offer mankind! As a matter of fact they get paid very much and they do not sacrifice much either! They probably play more golf than they do with their own families!

        August 7, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan fron Chicago,IL

        And how would you know your not civilized! You believe that Assad has the right to kill children!

        August 7, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan fron Chicago,IL

        Shut up ignorant fool! If you call a 13 year old boy who only wants freedom to choose who should run the country an insurgent then you are no better than the Assad's!

        August 7, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan fron Chicago,IL

        I want you to give me names, ages and places where these children have been killed by the U.S.. If you can give me proof then Ill believe you, otherwise shut your arrogant lying mouth because by far the Islamic leaders, rulers or terrorists have killed more children than the U.S. has by mistake or just non-intentional. The U.S. has never intentionally killed children like muslim fanatics do!

        August 8, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan fron Chicago,IL

        Whatever! I've watched and listen to many news sources and never do I hear about intentional killings of children by U.S. forces! Also bin Laden's fate was a sure thing and his destiny also is a sure thing, HELL! AND YOU WILL FOLLOW!

        August 8, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan fron Chicago,IL

        I'm sorry, his destiny was HELL!

        August 8, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
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      • Dan fron Chicago,IL

        ALL muslims will pay the price because of your talk!

        August 8, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. pamiri

    sorry for those who sacrificed their lives for our people, evil Taliban and their supporters Pakistan isi and here Karzai,

    from Kabul

    August 7, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. Carole Clarke

    Those big dual-rotor Chinook's are vulnerable when they let down the big rear door – that's when the enemy sends in the RPG and it only takes one. It is said that among the dead were men from Seal Team 6, founded by Dick Marcinko who was famous in the teams. Even a war dog was lost and they are nearly as hard to train as the men. That rear door design needs to be changed to make it harder for an RPG to penetrate. Maybe slatted armored strips that can be refigured electronically to open either from the bottom, top or side and in pieces like a jigsaw puzzle that can be rogrammed to let out men thru a tighter-sized space that closes and opens very quickly – something space-age not from Viet Nam. That's what we have computers for!!!

    August 6, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
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    Let no human being be despised, for who can tell how soon even the lowest may be raised; and how the arrogant fall.

    August 6, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ^^

    A wise and prudent person is not thrown into confusion by reproach; but is like the flame, which, when stirred, ascends higher and higher.

    August 6, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Carole Clarke

    Why were so many troops crammed into one helicopter? Eggs in a basket. Some policy wonk at the top decided they could save money by ferrying troops in fewer choppers. This wouldn't be the first time the enemy nailed one our heavily laden choppers. Another time was when a 4-man SEAL team ran into hundreds of Taliban way up in the Hindu Kush. Three were killed up there but the fourth did make it out with help from villagers who didn't like the Taliban and were willing to help the injured SEAL at whatever cost. The initial rescue chopper was heavily laden and one RPG was all it took. But we seem to have short memories for those kind of lessons. It's beginning to look like Viet Nam. The lesson from there was don't go to war unless you go in full bore, no prisoners, no stopping, use whatever it takes. But American civilians are too squeamish about the costs in lives. We never learn.

    August 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Dan from Detroit, MI

    This is terrible news. Let's just put the blame where it belongs and that is squarely on Pres. Obama. Had he chose to do so, he could easily have had us out of there two years ago but he chose instead to be "politically correct" and try to pursue to war to a "military victory" although we had no right to be there in the first place!!!

    August 6, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      You are right Dan, Obama is the first responsible, as he escalated the war in Afghanistan even if OBL was not there anymore. He did not end the war in Iraq and started a new military adventure in Libya, while US economy is deteriorating. Today US debt was downgraded.

      August 6, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |