NATO has released a statement on the downing of a helicopter on Saturday that took the lives of 30 Americans, including 22 members of the now-fabled SEAL Team Six.
In the official statement, NATO officials confirmed that the helicopter, which was manned with troops who were to serve as reinforcements to those engaged in a firefight on the ground, was brought down after being "reportedly fired on by an insurgent rocket-propelled grenade." Ground fighting began earlier between U.S. troops and insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades and AK-47 assault rifles, requiring the need for further coalition assistance.
The crash of the CH-47 Chinook marked the largest single-day loss of life for U.S. troops since the war in Afghanistan began, according to CNN.
However, the downing of the CH-47 Chinook helicopter does not seem to be the result of newer, more sophisticated weaponry. CNN reports that Brigadier General Cartsen Jacobsen told reporters in Kabul that rumors stating Taliban insurgents may have benefitted from better technology during the exchange were untrue.
While the latest statement from NATO may shed light on what actually happened, the families of those lost in the attack are starting to cope with their loses.
Kimberly Vaughn, whose husband, Aaron Vaughn, was among those killed in the crash, spoke to the Today Show this morning, appearing grateful for the short time she had with her husband. The two were briefly reunited in June for the birth of their daughter, Chamberlyn.
Vaughn's passion for the SEALs was apparently ignited by the September 11 attacks. “After 9/11, Aaron told me and his mother he wanted to be a SEAL, and he said he wanted to ever since he was a little boy,’’ his father told Today.
You can watch an extended clip of the Today Show interview with Vaughn's family, below.