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    31 U.S. Troops Killed in Afghan Crash

    Image #: 14966797    epa02856912 (FILES) A file picture dated 13 October 2004 shows a Chinook helicopter transporting foreign troops in Afghanistan.  Militants in eastern Afghanistan shot down a US helicopter, killing 31 Special Forces soldiers on board, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in a statement on 06 August 2011. He also said seven Afghan soldiers were killed in the crash. 'The helicopter crashed Friday night in Maidan Wardak province and as result of the crash, 31 soldiers with US Special Forces, including crew members were killed,' Karzai said in a statement.  EPA/S. SABAWOON /LANDOV

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    Thirty-one U.S. Special Forces soldiers and seven Afghan troops were killed Saturday in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, marking the deadliest day for American forces in the war since the invasion in 2001. Among the dead were members of Navy SEAL Team Six, the unit that participated in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, although officials said they believed none of the members who participated in that attack were killed. The Taliban has claimed responsibility, saying it downed the helicopter in a rocket attack, but it has been known to exaggerate claims. President Obama mourned the soldiers' deaths in a statement and offered his prayers.

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