A NATO Boeing CH-47 Chinook crashed in the Wardak province of Afghanistan early Saturday, resulting in the deaths of 38 soldiers onboard, including 30 U.S. service members. According to U.S. officials, among the 25 special ops forces on board, 22 were part of the covert Navy unit known as SEAL Team Six, which carried out the raid on Osama bin Laden in May. Seven Afghan commandos and an interpreter also died in the crash. The NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)-led helicopter and its crew were transporting the SEALs on a “quick reaction” mission for Army Rangers who were under fire, according to a U.S. military spokesperson. While the Taliban has claimed responsibility for shooting down the Chinook, German Brig. Gen. Carsten Jacobson, representative for the U.S.-led coalition, said the cause of the crash is still under investigation.
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