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NEWS
October 12, 2011 | By David S. Cloud, Washington Bureau
A Chinook helicopter crash in Afghanistan in August that killed 38 U.S. and Afghan troops, including 17 Navy Seals, was caused by rocket-propelled grenade fire from Taliban fighters, not by any tactical mistakes by the special operations task force commanding the operation, a U.S military investigation concluded. As the CH-47 helicopter was descending to a landing zone in Wardak province, it was struck by an RPG, which sheared off a rear rotor blade and caused the craft to plummet 150 feet into a dry creek bed, where it exploded in a large fireball and killed everyone aboard, Brig Gen. Jeffrey N. Colt, who conducted the investigation, found.
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NATIONAL
June 8, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times
NORFOLK, Va. - As heavily armed pirates held an American sailboat off the coast of Somalia in February 2011, Navy SEALs on the bridge of the guided missile destroyer Sterett heard one of the hijackers on the radio threatening the lives of his four American hostages. "I am holding these people. They are like meat," he said. "I will eat if you head my way. " What happened next is providing riveting testimony in a federal courtroom here as three rail-thin Somali men in baggy coats face the first U.S. murder trial of piracy suspects in nearly two centuries.
WORLD
July 6, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Pentagon confirmed Tuesday that the bodies of two Navy SEALs have been recovered in Afghanistan. A third SEAL has been rescued and a fourth member of their special operations team remains missing. The team was part of what the Pentagon described as a counter-terrorism operation in Kunar province. A helicopter carrying eight SEALs and eight other special operations troops to support ground troops crashed June 28, killing all aboard.
NEWS
April 4, 1993
I am chief instructor of aikido, a martial art, at the Aikikai of the United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. I would like to respond to "Waiting Game Is Newest Weapon" by Paul Dean that appeared in your March 10 View. First, Dean quotes Gordon Liddy, who is a former FBI agent, but also a former criminal who willfully chose to break the law in the passion of either financial or political lust. I take sharp issue with quoting such a source. Second, any of us, be we military or in law enforcement, know that tragedy is always the direct result of tactical error.
WORLD
December 4, 2004 | From Associated Press
The U.S. military has launched a criminal investigation into photographs that appear to show Navy SEALs in Iraq sitting on hooded and handcuffed detainees and photos of what appear to be bloodied prisoners, one with a gun to his head. Some of the photos have date stamps suggesting they were taken in May 2003, which could make them the earliest evidence of abuse of prisoners in Iraq. The far more brutal practices photographed at the Abu Ghraib prison occurred months later.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A Palmdale mother and her boyfriend were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in the torture and beating death of the woman's 8-year-old son. The mother, Pearl Fernandez, 29, and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, 32, were arrested last week after the boy was found unconscious with a skull fracture, several broken ribs, cigarette burns and abrasions around his ankles that indicated he may have been tied up, KTLA-TV reported. The boy, whose name, according by KTLA was Gabriel, died Friday after spending days in the hospital.
SPORTS
September 8, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
Reporting from San Diego — Like any good military man, JP Bolwahnn has it all mapped out. Shortly after he crosses the goal line for the first time, the ball cradled in his arm, the University of San Diego running back will turn toward the American flag and salute. The gesture will be for Petty Officer Danny Dietz, killed six years ago in a firefight with Taliban guerrillas. It will be for Lt. Cmdr. Jonas Kelsall and Chief Petty Officer Robert James Reeves, who died last month when their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan.
NEWS
October 2, 1990 | NORA ZAMICHOW
When U.S. officials decided to topple Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, the Navy SEALs were chosen to prevent him from escaping the country last December. SEALs (sea-air-land commandos) crippled Noriega's private jet and sneaked into a tightly guarded harbor to disable his high-speed patrol boats. The price of such stealthy missions, however, is steep. Of the 4,150 Special Operation Forces members involved in Operation Just Cause, 11 were killed and more than 200 were wounded.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
Sneaking Nick Brody (Damian Lewis) into Iran was supposed to be a quiet, bloodless mission. But the CIA operation quickly deteriorates into a loud, bloody fiasco on “Good Night,” Episode 310 of Showtime's “Homeland.” The scheme calls for Navy SEALs to drop off Brody at the Iraq-Iran border so he can seek asylum in Tehran by falsely claiming responsibility for the CIA headquarters bombing. While being exploited for his propaganda value, Brody would kill the leader of Iran's spy agency.
NEWS
March 27, 2003 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Taking a page from "Cheers," where everyone knows their names, patrons of an Irvine eatery held a goodbye party Wednesday night for their favorite bartender, who re-upped in the Navy reserves after the terrorist attacks of 2001 and reports for active duty today. Steve Sindoni was caught off-guard by the tribute when he arrived for work at Vessia Ristorante. Instead of the usual handful of folks, he found every stool taken by well-wishers. Fittingly, the bar area is called Cheerzini.
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