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U.S. kills Taliban who shot down SEALs helicopter (photos, video)

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- San Francisco residents are learning in breaking news today that, according to ABC7 News, international forces have killed the Taliban insurgents who brought down the helicopter in which the Navy SEALs were flying.

San Francisco resident, Jackie Loudon, says, "It's terrible that we need to seek justice, but what they did was terrible. There's no joy in taking an eye for an eye. In the words of Rodney King 'Why can't we all just get along?'"

Many of the Navy SEALs train in the San Diego area which is just a couple of hours flight from San Francisco.

The insurgents were killed in an early morning air strike.

NATO reported that the air strike was called in once the insurgents were tracked to a wooded area, and that no civilians were harmed in the attack, according to MSNBC.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force did say that among those killed were Taliban leader Mullah Mohibullah and the insurgent who is believed to have fired the shot that crashed the CH-47 helicopter.

The Taliban have said they were responsible for shooting down the Navy SEALs with a rocket-propelled grenade.

The unit was the one that had killed Osama bin Laden and buried him at sea, although none of the soldiers who died that day were those who took part in the bin Laden mission. (See the Osama bin Laden story with photos here: Osama bin Laden dead, body buried, woman used as human shield (photos))

Seven Afghanistan troops were also killed in that helicopter crash.

According to ABC 7 News in San Francisco, President Barack Obama was at Dover Air Force Base on Tuesday to pay his respects to those troops who had died and whose remains were flown home in two C-17 cargo planes.

That shooting down of the Chinook helicopter with the Navy SEALs constituted the single deadliest loss for U.S. forces since the war began 10 years ago. It is also believed to be the largest loss of life for SEAL Team Six.

See the original article here: SF mourns loss of Navy SEAL helicopter shot down

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Source: ABC 7 News



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