ABC’s Martha Raddatz reports a helicopter crash in Afghanistan has killed 31 Americans, including as many as 25 Navy SEALs in one of the worst single-day U.S. losses of life since the war began. Raddatz says a senior military official told ABC News early this morning that a total of 38 people were on board the Chinook helicopter when it crashed overnight in the eastern Afghan province of Wardak. Initial reports indicate up to 25 Navy SEALs were on the aircraft at the time.
The helicopter was also carrying seven Afghan Special Forces troops, one interpreter, five member helicopter crew and one dog. Troops were apparently involved in a raid at the time. There are reports the Taliban has claimed responsibility for bringing down the chopper.
Update: A tragic update: according to the AP, more than 20 of the Navy SEALs killed in the helicopter crash are thought to be from SEAL Team 6, the group that captured and killed Osama bin Laden.
Watch the report here, from ABC News:
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