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Congress to probe crash that killed SEAL Team 6 members

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Posted at 11:02 AM, Jul 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-25 11:02:10-04

Washington, DC. – Congress plans an investigation of the 2011 helicopter crash that killed 30 Americans in Afghanistan, including members of SEAL Team 6.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on National Security, met with the victims’ families about a month ago and is poised to send questions to the Pentagon and may hold hearings on the matter, according to The Hill.

Two soldiers from Chaffetz’s district were killed in the attack.

Documents provided to the families indicate that the Pentagon doesn’t believe the SEALs were targeted in the wake of the bin Laden operation on May 1, 2011.

A Pentagon spokesman declined to answer detailed questions but said “the operational planning and execution of this mission was consistent with previous missions” and “was thoroughly investigated … we share in the grief of all of the families who lost their loved ones. The loss of 38 U.S. and Afghan military personnel was a tragic loss during a difficult campaign.”

Read more at The Hill