The same Navy Seal team that killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011 was tragically killed just months later. The most gut-wrenching reason why? Former Vice President Joe Biden couldn’t keep his mouth shut.
It all started with a special operations unit named ‘Extortion 17’ responding to a call for backup during a firefight with the Taliban.
The Chinook helicopter carrying the rescue team was shot down by a Taliban-owned rocket-propelled grenade over the Wardak Province on Aug. 6, 2011, killing 38, including 30 Americans and 15 members of Navy SEAL Team 6.
The US government believes that the Taliban made a ‘lucky shot,’ but the families of the fallen heroes say otherwise.
After the take down of Osama Bin Laden, then-Vice President Joe Biden publicly announced to the world who it was that ultimately brought Bin Laden down.
Divulging that information is what caused the attack on the Extortion 17 team, according to the families of the men killed.
Doug Hamburger, whose son Patrick was killed, called the incident an “ambush” that could have been prevented.
Karen Vaughn says she wants to know why her son Aaron and his team were not using special operations aircraft that have defenses in place to allow helicopters to go deep behind enemy lines.
The night her son Aaron died, he was in a helicopter that was built in the 1960s and last retrofitted in 1985.
The families of the SEAL team don’t want sympathy, they want answers.
“We go to Dover to see bodies, and we’re all in the hangar down there,” Charles Strange, father of slain SEAL Michael Strange, recalled. “And President Obama comes up to me and he says, ‘Mr. Strange’ — and he grabs me by the shoulders — ‘Michael changed the way America lives.’ I grabbed Mr. President by the shoulders and I said: ‘I don’t need to know about my son. I need to know what happened, Mr. President.'”
Charles Strange says the president told him. “Mr. Strange, we’re going to look into this very, very, very deep.” Since then, Strange says, “I haven’t heard nothing.”
This was in 2013. They still don’t have answers.