Wednesday, 10 August 2011

We Killed The Guy That Shot Down Our SEALs

Interesting article by Noah Schachtman at Danger Room.

The U.S. military says they know who shot down a helicopter filled with 38 American and Afghan troops, including 19 Navy SEALs. That man is now dead...

How the hell does one know that?

But the military won’t say how they’re so sure that this particular militant was the one responsible for the deadliest incident so far in the Afghan war.

One can understand that that might be the case, but it is frustrating, especially for verifying the military's information.

The shooter, along with killed Taliban captain Mullah Mohibullah, “was located after receiving multiple intelligence leads and tips from local citizens. The two men were attempting to flee the country in order to avoid capture,” the coalition said in its statement. A “security force located and followed the insurgents to a wooded area in Chak district...”

That's fascinating if it's true and correct. It means the locals are still supporting the US. Of course, how can we be sure they didn't finger somebody else? Or that the US accidentally killed the wrong guy?

Also, it's interesting (if true) that they were running away from capture. It means they know they can't hide.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, told Reuters that the coalition got the wrong guy. “The person who shot down the helicopter is alive,” he claimed.

Interesting. Of course, he would say that, wouldn't he? Come to think of hit, how would he necessarily know who fired the fatal shot?

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