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US forces kill Taliban responsible for SEAL helicopter crash, say Afghan officials

While the raid is unlikely to have a significant effect on the Taliban, it holds symbolic importance for the US Special Forces community.

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President Obama salutes during a ceremony for the 'dignified transfer' of US and Afghan personnel who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, Aug. 9. At least 13 of the Taliban responsible for shooting down the US helicopter carrying Navy SEAL Team 6 members, were killed in an airstrike this week, say Afghan officials.

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At least 13 of the militants responsible for shooting down a US helicopter carrying Navy SEAL Team 6 members, causing the single deadliest American loss since the Afghanistan War began were killed in an airstrike this week, say Afghan and US officials.

International forces reportedly acted on intelligence that members of the Taliban who shot down the Chinook helicopter on Saturday, killing 30 US military personnel and eight others in Afghanistan's Wardak province, were hiding approximately 20 miles from the crash site, preparing to flee the country to avoid capture.

While the airstrike is unlikely to have a significant impact on the Taliban, it bears symbolic importance for the US Special Forces community, especially the Navy SEALs who suffered one of the worst losses in the history of the organization when their helicopter was shot down last week.

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