NATO says it has killed the Taliban fighters who downed a Chinook helicopter at the weekend with an RPG launcher, in the single biggest loss of life suffered by the alliance in 10 years of war.
38 American and Afghan troops died in the crash, some of them crack special forces members of the same unit that killed Osama bin Laden.
“This action was a continuation of the original mission to dismantle the Taliban network in the Sayedabad of the Wardak Province. This does not ease our loss but we must and we will continue to relentlessly pursue the enemy,” said ISAF commander General John Allen.
The Taliban casualties reportedly included unit commander Mullah Mohibullah and the insurgent who fired the fatal shot at the helicopter, plus an unspecified number of others. The group was targeted in an airstrike from an F16 fighter-bomber.