An air strike by NATO-led forces in Afghanistan has reportedly killed Taliban fighters, including a local leader, who were responsible for a weekend helicopter crash that left dozens of US navy SEALs and Afghan troops dead.
The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement: "The [Wednesday] strike killed Taliban leader Mullah Mohibullah and the insurgent who fired the shot associated with the Aug 6 downing of the CH-47 helicopter, which resulted in the deaths of 38 Afghan and coalition service members."
The statement did not say explicitly that the Taliban fighters had shot the helicopter down, although it was the clearest indication yet from NATO sources that it was the likely cause.
The top US commander in Afghanistan also spoke about Monday's retaliatory mission.
"At approximately midnight on 8 August, coalition forces killed the Taliban insurgents responsible for this attack ... We dealt with them in a kinetic strike," General John Allen, the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, told reporters at the Pentagon.
Sumber: Aljazeera.net, 14/8/2011