BY BOB HOLT
There are many people in Pakistan who are rejoicing the death of 22 US Navy Seals commandos that were killed Saturday in Afghanistan’s Saed Abad district.
In the deadliest single loss for American forces in the war against the Taliban, the US military helicopter CH-47 Chinook was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade from Taliban insurgents Saturday during fighting in eastern Afghanistan.
But according to Times Wire Service, when speaking of the U.S. Seal commandos, an editorial in Pakistan’s leading Urdu Daily Jasarat says, “Their biggest accomplishment in their whole life is said to be their participation in Abottabad Operation. It was only after this operation that the American President announced the ‘martyrdom’ of Usama bin laden and the victory of the US army in Afghanistan.”
The Associated Press reports that none of the 22 SEALs who were killed in the crash were part of the crew that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, but they were members of the same unit. Thirty American service members, seven Afghan commandos, and a civilian interpreter and seven Afghan commandos were casualties in the crash.
CBS News reports that the fallen Seals’ bodies were set to be flown back to the U.S. on Tuesday morning aboard a military plane headed for Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
A spokesman for the U.S. coalition said troops had secured the crash site in eastern Wardak and nobody was being allowed in or out of the area while the crash investigation was ongoing. Many of the fallen Seals were in their 20s and 30s and had young children.