US helicopter shot down in Taliban trap: Afghan official

Afghan official alleges four Pakistani nationals helped Qari Tahir carry out the strike.


Afp August 08, 2011

KABUL: A helicopter which crashed killing 30 US troops in Afghanistan was shot down after the Taliban laid a trap to lure US forces into the area, an Afghan government official said Monday.

"Now it's confirmed that the helicopter was shot down and it was a trap that was set by a Taliban commander," said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The official said the commander lured US forces to the scene by telling them there was a Taliban meeting taking place there.

The official said that President Hamid Karzai's US-backed government "thinks this was a retaliation attack for the killing of Osama Bin Laden."

The Taliban did not make such an assertion when they claimed responsibility for the attack.

Citing intelligence "gathered from the area," the official blamed Qari Tahir, a Taliban commander, for masterminding the attack. He alleged that four Pakistani nationals helped Tahir carry out the strike.

He said the intelligence also showed that the Chinook helicopter was brought down by multiple shots including "modern weapons" without giving further details.

The helicopter was attacked from either side of a valley, the only route to the Taliban-dominated Sayd Abad district in Wardak province where the attack happened late Friday, the official said.

"The Taliban knew which route the helicopter would take," he added.

"That's the only route, so they took position on the either side of the valley on mountains and as the helicopter approached, they attacked it with rockets and other modern weapons. It was brought down by multiple shots," he said.

COMMENTS (25)

motsomi masilo | 9 years ago | Reply A war is a war and always truth will be the first casualty. Soldiers from both factions are given instructions and they also die in war. Live by the sword and die by the sword. The main culprits in the whole equation are the ones who deliberately fermented hostilities and caused the war. I am talking about snakes like Collin Powell who lied on purpose to the United nations about the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The Un accepted the lies from Collin Powell and authorised the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Those weapons of mass destruction never surfaced but the war is still continuing even after a decade of one-sided fighting against guerilla warfare. More than 2 million people died in this nonsensical war. The once famous cities of Iraqi and Afgahnistan lie in ruins thanks to the American bombs. The inhabitants of this countries have been set back for 50 years in economic terms. Rebuilding is a slow and painful process.
Muwahid | 9 years ago | Reply

@Sajida: You feel sorry for those who are on biblical mission(see cnn.com:seals wife interview,in which she says that he was on bible mission),Feel sorry for mujaheddin,innocent Muslims martyred in Afghanistan,Iraq,Somalia,Sudan,Algiers,Chechnya,Palestine,Indonesia................................

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