Despite helicopter tragedy, Obama Vows Stronger Afghan War vs. Taliban

The United States military might have suffered big on the recent explosion of its helicopter in Afghanistan that lead to the death of 27 American soldiers, most of whom from the Navy Seals.   But the US government remains steadfast on its mission on putting an end to terrorism and the clutches of Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.

President Barrack Obama said the death of the soldiers did not cowed the government but rather inspire them to press harder on its aim to end the insurgency in Afghanistan.  “We will press on and we will succeed,” Obama said in a televised tribute to those soldiers who died in the helicopter tragedy.  “Our troops will continue the hard work of transitioning to a stronger Afghan government and ensuring that Afghanistan is not a safe haven for terrorists,” Obama added.

Obama, who is facing his own battle in politics back in US soil said the death of the soldiers is a reminder to all that the battle against terrorism is not easy.  US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta for his part said they were unwavering in their commitment to move ahead with the mission in Afghanistan despite the military setback.  “The killings were a “reminder to the American people that we remain a nation at war”, Panetta said.

Panetta promised to honor the dead by “showing the world our unyielding determination to press ahead”.  “As heavy a loss as this was, it would even be more tragic if we allowed it to derail this country from our efforts to defeat al Qaeda and deny them a safe haven in Afghanistan,” Panetta added.

The CH-47 Chinook helicopter carrying the victims appeared to have been hit by a rocket-propelled grenade from a Taliban that lead to the crash.  The War in Afghanistan began on October 7, 2001,as the armed forces of the United States and the United Kingdom, and the Afghan United Front (Northern Alliance), launched Operation Enduring Freedom in response to the September 11 attacks on the United States, with the stated goal of dismantling the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization and ending its use of Afghanistan as a base.

The United States also said that it would remove the Taliban regime from power and create a viable democratic state.  The preludes to the war were the assassination of anti-Taliban leader Ahmad Shah Massoud on September 9, 2001, and the September 11 attacks on the United States, in which nearly 3000 civilians lost their lives in New York City, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania, The Unit ed States identified members of al-Qaeda, an organization based in, operating out of and allied with the Taliban’s Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as the perpetrators of the attacks.