Did Foreign Training Help the Taliban Take Down a NATO Helicopter?

As NATO investigates the crash of a Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan on Friday–which killed 38 people, including 22 Navy SEALs, in the deadliest single incident in ten years of war–suspicions are surfacing that foreign assistance helped the Taliban pull off the sophisticated attack. An unnamed Afghan official tells AFP today that a Taliban commander and four Pakistanis laid an “elaborate trap” on Friday, luring “U.S. forces to the scene by tipping them off that a Taliban meeting was taking place” only to attack the helicopter with, in the official’s words, “multiple shots” from “rockets and other modern weapons.” NATO announced today that the Chinook was downed “by an insurgent rocket-propelled grenade” while coming to the assistance of ground troops engaged in a firefight with insurgents in Wardak province.

Ever since the incident, however, some analysts and politicians have spec… >>>

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