Update: OBAMA BANS MEDIA coverage of return of of 22 Navy Seals and other US soldiers.
"God is on the side of Muslims, God punished them for what they had done (killing Bin Laden)."...
8/7/11, "Afghanistan chopper downing raises concerns over U.S.," LA Times, Laura King
"The Taliban claimed responsibility for downing the helicopter within hours of the crash. Following confirmation from U.S. officials that the 30 American troops killed had included 22 members of the Navy SEALs,
- the Islamic movement reacted with jubilation.
In the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, each night's iftar, or breaking of the fast, is an opportunity for lengthy discussion and debate. At family and tribal gatherings, the helicopter downing and its ramifications were a dominant topic over plates of steaming meat and rice.
The disclosure that some of the SEALs were members of the same unit that carried out the raid that killed Osama bin Laden this year prompted some Afghans, particularly the religiously conservative,
- to view the event as divine retribution.
The Taliban and other insurgent groups have had some success in infiltrating the Afghan defense establishment, and some aspects of the helicopter downing raised questions about whether the insurgents might have had some inside knowledge of the raid in Wardak's Sayedabad district, jointly carried out with an Afghan commando force....
In their claim of responsibility, the Taliban quickly specified the number of troops aboard the downed CH-47. Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, insisted that insurgent fighters had been lying in wait for the Western troops.
"We were prepared, and we are fully ready to deal them more such blows," Mujahid said."...
8/8/11, "No Media Access for Return of Service Members to U.S.," Fox News