August 6th, 2011
02:02 PM ET

Updated: The deadliest day ever – "big loss" for Navy SEALs

Today's helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan is the worst one-day loss of lives for the US since the start of the war.  Two U.S.government officials tell CNN that according to first reports, the majority of those killed on the helicopter were Navy Seals.  "It's a big loss" for the Navy Seals, one official said. "The numbers are high," the official added.  It is believed that about two dozen Special Operations Forces,
including some from other services, were on board the aircraft, in addition to the Army crew that was flying the Chinook.

U.S. Special Operations Forces have been conducting almost daily night-time raids against insurgent targets throughout Afghanistan.

Click here for the latest reporting from the CNN National Security team and David Ariosto in Kabul.


August 6th, 2011
10:09 AM ET

Deadliest day ever for US in Afghanistan

BREAKING – A helicopter crash in Wardak province in eastern Afghanistan has killed more than two dozen US troops, many are US special operations forces, a military official tells Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr.  If the numbers are confirmed, it will be the deadliest day ever since the start of the war for US troops.

CNN is continuing to update with the latest reporting from Barbara Starr, David Ariosto in Kabul and the national security team.  Click here for the latest.


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