A helicopter crash in Afghanistan Saturday killed 31 American Special Forces troops, many of whom were members of Seal Team Six.
Different members of Seal Team Six killed Osama bin Laden in May. This particular superior division of the American military is getting a lot of attention, both for its crowning achievement and now for the inherent risk associated.
For anyone who is remotely interested in this unit or in the death of Osama bin Laden, read Nicholas Schmidle’s New Yorker piece that details nearly every moment of the raid that finally killed bin Laden. It is long, but riveting and satisfying.
The Christian Science Monitor has a good story on the risks of these helicopter raids and what Saturday’s tragic crash could mean for the future of US operations.