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7th August 2011, 22:32
Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- The U.S. commandos killed when their helicopter went down in eastern Afghanistan were targeting a Taliban commander directly responsible for attacks on American troops, U.S. military officials with knowledge of the operation said Sunday.

The crash killed 30 U.S. service members, the Afghan war's worst single-day American toll. Among the dead were 22 Navy SEALs who were being flown in to assist troops pinned down by enemy fire in restive Wardak province, west of Kabul, early Saturday morning.

The current whereabouts of the Taliban leader targeted in the raid were unclear, said the military officials, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of ongoing operations in the crash area.

One civilian translator and seven Afghan commandos were also killed in the crash, officials said. NATO troops were still combing through the wreckage of the downed helicopter on Sunday, said Lt. Col. Jimmie Cummings, a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

"They're just trying recover everything from the crash at this point," Cummings said.
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Elsewhere, four other NATO soldiers were killed in separate insurgent attacks on Sunday. Two were killed in the country's volatile east, while another two service members died in southern Afghanistan, NATO reported.


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