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Osama killers not in Afghan plane hit

Kabul, Aug9, (): General John R Allen, International Security Assistant Force Commander (ISAF) denied that any combat soldier  involved in the operation that led to killing of Osama Bin Laden were among the 30 US soldiers who were killed in the chopper crash. Taliban had claimed that it had hit the chopper.

Among those killed in the deadliest attack on the foreign troops were 30 US special operations forces troops, including 22 Navy SEALS from the same group which was involved in the covert US military operation to kill al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in May this year. A probe has been launched to determine the exact cause of the incident that led to the biggest single loss for American troops in the decade-long war.

Afghan and US forces battled insurgents in the region where the Taliban shot down a US Army Chinook helicopter.

The US Navy SEALs and other troops whose helicopter was shot down in eastern Afghanistan had rushed to the mountainous area to help a US Army Ranger unit that was under fire from insurgents, two US officials said today.The rescue team had completed the mission, subduing the attackers who had the Rangers pinned down, and were departing in their Chinook helicopter when the aircraft was apparently hit, one of the officials said.

NATO is  perturbed over the claim of Taliban according to which Chinook crashed as a result of a rocket-propelled grenade fired by them. It feels that Afghan Taliban does not have capacity to do so. Similarly US would have to  rethink of withdrawing forces if the Taliban claim is found to be true.

The rescue team had completed the mission, subduing the attackers who had the Rangers pinned down, and were departing in their Chinook helicopter when the aircraft was apparently hit, one of the officials said.
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