Call Sign Extortion 17 : The Shoot-Down of Seal Team Six
Overview - On August 6, 2011 three months after members of Navy SEAL Team Six killed Osama Bin Laden Taliban forces took down a United States helicopter, call sign "Extortion 17." The attack killed the Air National guard crew, seven unidentified members of the Afghan military, and seventeen members of Navy SEAL Team Six warrior brothers from the same Team that had killed Osama Bin Laden just ninety days prior. Read more...
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On August 6, 2011 three months after members of Navy SEAL Team Six killed Osama Bin Laden Taliban forces took down a United States helicopter, call sign "Extortion 17." The attack killed the Air National guard crew, seven unidentified members of the Afghan military, and seventeen members of Navy SEAL Team Six warrior brothers from the same Team that had killed Osama Bin Laden just ninety days prior. Don Brown, a former U.S. Navy JAG officer stationed at the Pentagon and a former Special Assistant United States Attorney, re-creates the wartime action, tells the life stories of the elite warriors our nation lost on that day, and tears apart the official military explanation of the incident contained in the infamous Colt Report, which reveals either gross incompetence or a massive cover-up. Were the seven Afghan soldiers aboard that helicopter really undercover Taliban who either maneuvered the chopper within easy range of being shot down or sabotaged it from within? Were the SEALS sacrificed on the altar of political correctness and deliberately flown into a known Taliban hot zone? Through a serious examination of the evidence, and the lack thereof, Brown tackles the issues of the case as only an experienced military prosecutor can. Author Don Brown, a former United States Navy JAG officer stationed at the Pentagon, and former Special Assistant United States Attorney, is the author of ten military and legal novels, including the nationally bestselling novels Treason and The Malacca Conspiracy. He lives and practices law in Charlotte, North Carolina."
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On August 6, 2011, 30 Americans, including an elite Navy SEAL team, died in a helicopter crash over Logar Province, Afghanistan—the deadliest single American loss of the Afghan war. Novelist and retired naval officer Brown (The Malacca Conspiracy) posits that the subsequent inquiry was a cover-up and finds plenty of questions left unanswered. His smoking gun was the presence of seven unidentified Afghan soldiers on the craft, a fact suppressed for over a year. Were they Taliban sympathizers? Why were Special Forces units being carried into battle in an old Chinook, a vulnerable Vietnam-era helicopter? Why were the pilots National Guardsmen instead of the usual Special Operations aviators? Why did an unidentified Coalition unit visit the crash site and leave before the rescue team arrived? To Brown this is an especially curious detail, considering the helicopter's black box was never found. Other mysteries remain, and Brown concludes that the truth would embarrass the military, so leaders made sure the investigation absolved everyone. Brown makes no claim to partiality, and his temper, nationalism, and contempt for Afghans on both sides do not help his argument, but few readers will deny the deeply suspicious nature of that disastrous mission's aftermath. (May)