Terrible news from Afghanistan:
Thirty-one members of the American special forces have been killed in Afghanistan in the deadliest military incident of the 10-year war after the Taliban shot down a US helicopter.
The majority of the dead were from Navy Seal Team 6, the unit that killed Osama bin Laden in a night-time raid deep into Pakistan, but are unlikely to be the same personnel.[Source: Guardian UK]
The Taliban claimed credit for the attack. According to ABC News, "A total of 38 people were on board the Chinook helicopter when it crashed overnight in the eastern Afghan province of Wardak." The New York Times adds that "The helicopter, on a night-raid mission in the Tangi Valley of Wardak Province, to the west of Kabul, was most likely brought down by a rocket-propelled grenade, one coalition official said."
Donations to the families can be made at the Navy SEAL Foundation website.