Who betrayed Navy SEAL Team 6?

What happened to Navy SEAL Team 6? In August 2011, the elite special forces unit suffered the worst battlefield calamity in its history. A Taliban

Eric Sof


Operators from SEAL TEAM 6 / DEVGRU's Red Squadron
Operators from DEVGRU's Red Squadron (Photo: XY)

What happened to Navy SEAL Team 6? In August 2011, the elite special forces unit suffered the worst battlefield calamity in its history. A Taliban fighter shot down a Chinook helicopter carrying 22 Navy SEAL Team 6 members in Afghanistan.

All 38 persons onboard — the Navy SEAL warriors, other U.S. military personnel, and seven Afghan soldiers — were killed. Grieving family members have been demanding answers. They may now get some as Congress finally opens an investigation.

This was the original article written by Jeffrey T. Kuhner on Friday, August 9, 2013. The update is related to the fact-check information provided by independent fact-checkers.

Controversial claims

Navy SEAL Team 6 has attained international prominence: They were responsible for killing Osama bin Laden. They are American heroes. Yet, their own government betrayed them. Several days after the bin Laden operation, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. publicly revealed their central role in the raid in a pathetic attempt to spike the football and gloat. His revelations put a giant target on the backs of every Navy SEAL Team 6 member.

A covert unit, whose mission is to operate in the murky shadows, was exposed as the group that eliminated al Qaeda’s chief mastermind. Mr. Biden’s reckless actions — followed by President Obama’s own words acknowledging the secret unit’s operation — jeopardized the Navy SEALs’ safety. Jihadists bent on revenge began an intense manhunt. The hunters now became the hunted.

Controversy: Who betrayed Navy SEAL Team 6?
Who betrayed Navy SEAL Team 6: Members of Development Group (DEVGRU, Seal Team 6) – Illustration photo (Credits: XY)

Upon hearing of Mr. Biden’s disclosure, SEAL members were stunned. Many of them immediately contacted family members, warning them to eradicate all personal information from social media sites. Aaron Vaughn, one of the SEALs, eventually killed in the ambush, told his mother, Karen Vaughn, to delete every reference to SEAL Team 6 from her Facebook and Twitter accounts.

“I never heard Aaron this concerned and worried in his entire life,” Mrs. Vaughn said in an interview. “He called me and said, ‘Mom, you and Dad have to take everything down. Biden has just put a huge target on everybody.’”

Tragically, Aaron Vaughn was right. Mr. Biden is often portrayed in the liberal media as an amiable buffoon. His gaffes are written off as Joe simply being Joe — a loveable uncle figure who has a tendency to shoot his mouth off.

That is pernicious nonsense. Mr. Biden is a cynical opportunist who will say and do anything to advance Mr. Obama’s agenda. He hung the SEALs out to dry to score cheap political points. He compromised a highly sensitive, covert operation that cost dozens of U.S. lives.

SEAL-gate is potentially a bigger scandal than Benghazi, Libya. The administration — along with the top military brass — are desperately trying to cover up what took place on that fateful raid. Taliban guerrillas were waiting for the Chinook as it approached its landing site. Apparently, someone tipped them off that the SEALs were coming; the helicopter was attacked from three sides in a coordinated ambush.

The U.S. military claimed that the Chinook was blown to pieces by a shoulder-fired missile, in which everyone on board was burned beyond recognition. Hence, senior military officials ordered the American bodies cremated without the prior approval of their family members.

The military’s narrative, however, is false. Charles Strange, whose son, Michael, died during the attack, says he viewed the pictures of the crash site. “I saw Mike’s dead body,” Mr. Strange said in an interview. “It was clearly recognizable. He was clutching his gun. He wasn’t burned to a crisp. Why did they cremate my boy? They didn’t need to do that. Something’s not right.”

Numerous questions need to be answered. Why was the Chinook’s black box never found? The military claims it was washed away in a flash flood. Impossible. Flash flooding is extremely rare — almost unheard of — in that part of Afghanistan. Why was the Chinook not given aerial backup, the standard military procedure when special forces are deployed?

Even more alarming, why were the seven Afghan soldiers who boarded the Chinook at the last minute different from those on the flight manifest? This clearly violated U.S. military protocol. Afghan strangers (al Qaeda suicide bombers?) got on that Chinook and potentially sabotaged the raid.

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai’s regime has been infiltrated with al Qaeda sympathizers. Only the naive could dismiss the possibility of an inside job: Jihadi cash in exchange for information about the whereabouts of our SEALs. If our supposed ally cut a deal with the Taliban, resulting in the slaughter of U.S. troops, it would be a humiliating blow to Mr. Obama’s failed Afghanistan policy.

The distinctive black MH-47G Chinook special operations helicopter. The 160th SOAR (A) Night stalkers are the only unit in the world to operate this helicopte
The distinctive black MH-47G Chinook special operations helicopter. The 160th SOAR (A) Night stalkers are the only unit in the world to operate this helicopter (Photo: U.S. Army)

The most important question of all remains the strict rules of engagement. Why were U.S. troops deployed into battle in a Chinook jalopy made in the 1960s and ordered not to fire back at Taliban snipers? Washington has imposed such severe rules of engagement — the inability to fire into civilian areas, the refusal to conduct night operations, and the reluctance to confront the regular occurrence of Afghan soldiers deliberately shooting American personnel — that defeat is not only likely, but it’s also inevitable.

Congressional Republicans must get to the bottom of this burgeoning scandal. Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Rep. Darrell E. Issa of California have now launched an official probe into the deaths of the SEALs. Thirty brave warriors honorably served their country — only to be betrayed. Those responsible must be exposed and punished. Justice demands it.

IN BOSTON, Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a radio commentator on WRKO AM-680. This opinion was first published and appeared in The Washington Times.

UPDATE: Fact check (September 2020)

Biden did not leak the names of SEAL Team 6 members after Osama bin Laden’s death.

According to the various fact-checkers, the claim that Joe Biden leaked the information about Navy SEAL Team 6 members killed in the Extortion 17 tragedy is false. Indeed, he is not responsible or involved in any of those claims.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Spec Ops Magazine.

Eric Sof

Eric Sof holds a master's degree in Political Science, specializing in International Peacekeeping Studies. He has over a decade of experience as a former member of an elite counterterrorism unit. Additionally, he is a firearms instructor and currently serves as a member of the SWAT unit.


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23 thoughts on “Who betrayed Navy SEAL Team 6?”

  1. Doesn’t anyone watch news on TV ?
    Either in the situation room or just outside of it, a reporter asked who was responsible for taking out OB. No one was speaking until Bidden spoke up and sais ” I know. It was SEAL Team 6″.
    This was live TV folks !

  2. Spec ops magazine, what a joke. Those brave men died protecting our freedoms and there story of how the Obama administration betrayed them needs to come out and those responsible need to be brought to justice. It make me sad they out own government would do that to its own people and to make matters worse , you get sellout pussies like yourselves that don’t have a backbone to stand up for what is right. How are you gonna sit there and say you don’t share the same opinion as your writer. If that were true you wouldn’t have published his story. Real men and women Have died protecting our rights and freedoms. So you can keep making all this money. If you can give them the respect they deserve don’t disrespect them with your fake ass fact checkers.

  3. Did any of you watch the video where he is thanking several people and talking about Capturing Binladin and he says SEAL TEAM so yes he did out the team!

  4. Ok so all that information on how he leaked the names, which he did. I saw the speach he made, and Obama. But only 1 sentence stating that all that was false, with no reasoning to why they say it’s not true??? Doesn’t surprise me!! He did it. He so useless,!

  5. the fact checkers are all liars, They were killed on purpose by Obama and the one Seal Team Six member Remington Peters who was not on the chopper was on the Navy Parachute Team and had parachuted 100’s of times, died when his parachute didn’t open in 2016. Another “accident”? Wake up people, all of them were murdered on purpose.

  6. He may not have leaked their names, but he did mention SEAL TEAM 6 as a group.
    Then, he immediately said as I recall, Oh! I wasn’t suppose to say that. And you could see
    the concern on his face at what he just said.

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