U.S. warplanes bomb suspected Taliban hideout near where elite American team disappeared
By: DANIEL COONEY - Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Warplanes pounded a suspected Taliban compound in the Afghan mountains near where an elite U.S. military team disappeared last
week, and violence elsewhere left 38 rebels and Afghan security forces dead as fighting rose ahead of fall elections
A transport plane flew home the bodies of 16 U.S. troops -- eight Navy SEALs and eight other troops -- killed when their helicopter was shot down
while trying to rescue the missing team, U.S. officials said Saturday.
It was not clear if there were any casualties in the airstrike late Friday in mountains near Asadabad town, Kunar province, close to the Pakistani
border. U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Jerry O'Hara said a "battle damage assessment is ongoing."
"We conducted an airstrike on a target we deemed we had to hit immediately. The target was an enemy compound in Kunar province," he said. "The
bombing was done using precision guided munitions. The target objective was intelligence driven."
O'Hara declined to say whether the airstrike was directly related to the missing military team, which was last heard from in the same area Tuesday.
So there you have it. My bet is the captured soldier(s) knew they couldn't last much longer under the brutal interrogation they were enduring, and
activated some kind of implanted EPIRB-like device, giving their position and condition to their superiors so they could end the suffering and be
taken out along with their captors.
Anybody see 'Flight of the Intruder', where Willem Dafoe is wounded and dying on the ground and being used as a decoy by the NVA to lure in a rescue
team so they can add to the carnage? He calls in an airstrike on his position from an A-1H Sandy, sacrificing himself to save others making a futile
effort to rescue him. "Do it Sandy, I'd do it for you.", he says.
I can't stand it!
U.S. warplanes bomb suspected Taliban hideout
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[edit on 3-7-2005 by Icarus Rising]