Kal Korff

How Bin Laden’s Killers Were Killed
by Kal K. Korff
Internationally Syndicated Copyright © 2011 by Kal K. Korff - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

A source in the Pentagon has offered this writer a preview of a confidential report on the Aug 6 attack in Afghanistan that brought down the chopper of Seal Team 6 On August 6, 2011, members of the US Navy’s elite commando force, Seal Team 6, the unit which went secretly into Pakistan, Israeli Kidon Unit style then summarily executed Osama bin Laden in his bedroom, was killed in Afghanistan when their lumbering CH-47D helicopter crashed. Although the US Government refused to officially declare the cause of the crash, this newspaper said in its original coverage of this tragedy (Note: see Kal Korff’s earlier article — A Failure to Lead: A Failure to Command) that it was a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) fired by the Taliban which had caused the crash. Now, in this exclusive, the we prove this is indeed what happened. In an attempt to decipher what exactly went wrong, General James Mattis, Commander of US Central Command, tasked Brig Gen Jeffrey Colt to determine what happened. The investigation report has been obtained by this writer from a source inside the Pentagon, concerned about the mistakes which were made that could have been easily avoided. The source also slammed his superiors for refusing to be ‘completely candid’ in Colt’s final report, and for engaging in ‘politically correct poppycock’. Avoidable deaths According to Gen. Colt’s report, US Military Intelligence engaged the Taliban in what was intended to be a snatch and grab operation, just as this newspaper originally reported.

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Their intended prize was Taliban commander Qari Tahir, who was now in charge of operations for the terrorist group in the Tangi Valley in the Wardak Province in Afghanistan. The mission underway was to ‘kill or capture’ Tahir, who was in contact with senior Taliban officials inside Pakistan. Pakistan was kept out of the loop concerning this secret operation for fear of alerting the Taliban, which the Pakistanis have done countless times in the sinister double game they have long played against the USA and NATO. On the night of August 5-6, from a secret forward operations base in the Logar Province, a special task force comprising elite US Army Rangers, in addition to forces from an Afghan Partnering Unit and a Cultural Support Team (CST) member, were assembled covertly and deployed for the sensitive mission. A CST member is a woman brought into the combat area to question Afghan females and children, to avoid ‘offending’ Muslims, since males and females are not allowed to mix freely. To provide back-up, Seal Team 6 was put on ready standby to be sent in if necessary. This was an Army led operation, one the Seals would end up dying for. The operation consisted of two CH-47D helicopters, an AC-130 Gunship, two AH-64 Apache Gunships, and a ‘robust team’ of surveillance aircraft and unmanned drones. At 2258 hours the two helicopters carrying elite Army Rangers touched down and stormed the compound and quickly secured it. Immediately, a firefight broke out. Six Taliban were promptly killed and two escaped. A second group of Taliban fighters were also holed up nearby, but for reasons the Pentagon refuses to explain, were not eliminated immediately despite being seen clearly via night vision optics. After the commando force landed, the two copters who had ferried them in returned to base for refueling, leaving the Army Rangers to fend for themselves. Qari Tahir, their sought-after prize, was nowhere among those captured or killed. As the second group of militants moved some two kilometres from the attack point, now breaking up into two groups and seeming to protect a senior figure believed to be Tahir, 17 members of Seal Team 6 were immediately dispatched to fly in, along with five Naval

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Special Ops personnel, three Air Force Special Tacticians, eight Afghan soldiers, an interpreter and a military dog, bringing the total force loaded onto the doomed helicopter to 38. Under normal circumstances, all personnel would never be put onto a single craft. Brig Gen Colt ‘justified’ the unusual decision by stating, ‘an informed tactical decision was made to load all personnel on one aircraft because the IRF commander wanted to mass troops quickly, and to mitigate the increased risk to a second helicopter approaching the landing zone.’ This ‘informed tactical decision’ would cost everyone onboard their lives. As the CH-47D hovered a mere 100-150 feet above the ground, lumbering along at only 58 miles an hour, slower than the speed of a tennis ball in a match, from a distance of 200 meters from a nearby two-story building, as many as three RPGs were fired at the rear of the chopper. The second rocket hit the blade of the aircraft, taking out ten feet of it, sending the craft to the ground crashing, killing everyone instantly in a ferocious fireball. The helicopters had flown in via a different route; no one had bothered to check in advance to see if it was clear of enemy fighters. By August 9, all debris and bodies of those killed were removed. 140 personnel assisted in the gruesome, tragic process. Colt concludes his report by saying that the successful attack against the helicopter was due to the ‘heightened alert’ by the Taliban because of the 3.5 hour firefight which had been taking place just over a mile away. It goes without saying that this alternative flight route should have been checked first, perhaps not even used at all. In what is clearly politically correct doublespeak that Colt has been criticized for, his report ends: ‘the employment of aircraft overhead prior to a helicopter insertion should be better synchronized to minimize possible early warning to the enemy of imminent ground operations.’ No kidding. 1.0v1 Nov 1, 2011 Kal K. Korff is an officially accredited internationally known author, columnist and investigative journalist.

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