By Don Brown

On August 6, 2011—three months after contributors of army SEAL group Six killed Osama Bin Laden—Taliban forces took down a usa helicopter, name signal “Extortion 17.” The assault killed the Air nationwide safeguard staff, seven unidentified contributors of the Afghan army, and seventeen participants of military SEAL crew Six—warrior brothers from an identical workforce had killed Osama Bin weighted down simply 90 days prior.

     Don Brown, a former U.S. military JAG officer stationed on the Pentagon and a former unique Assistant usa lawyer, re-creates the wartime motion, tells the existence tales of the elite warriors our kingdom misplaced on that day, and tears aside the reputable army rationalization of the incident inside the notorious Colt record, which unearths both gross incompetence or an incredible cover-up. Call signal Extortion 17 makes a speciality of a sequence of key components pointing to a conspiracy, together with the inexplicable disappearance of the black field, post-mortem facts arbitrarily destroyed, the failure to recognize stories of Taliban infiltration into the Afghan army, and the Taliban’s vengeful crusade of concentrating on SEAL group Six after U.S. executive officers printed that the elite scuffling with unit was once answerable for killing Bin weighted down. have been the seven Afghani infantrymen aboard that helicopter relatively undercover Taliban who both maneuvered the chopper inside effortless variety of being shot down or blew it up from inside? via a major exam of the proof, and the inability thereof, Brown tackles the problems of the case as in basic terms an skilled army prosecutor can.

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Contents Copyright Prologue Chapter 1: Forward Operating Base “Shank” Chapter 2: Aboard Extortion 17 Chapter 3: Base Shank Chapter 4: SEALs Called to Action Chapter 5: Ninety-­Seven Days from Quintessential Glory to Unexplained Disaster Chapter 6: Background on the Colt Report Chapter 7: The Colt Report: A General Overview Chapter 8: The Colt Report 101: Points to Keep in Mind in Examining Evidence Chapter 9: The Pink Elephant Escapes Chapter 10: CENTCOM Handcuffs Colt’s Investigation Chapter 11: The Seven Missing Afghans Discovered by Happenchance Chapter 12: “Green-­on-­Blue” Violence: “Friendly” Afghans Killing Americans Chapter 13: An Ambassador’s Blunt Warnings Chapter 14: A Forced Suicide Mission Chapter 15: Extortion 17 Pilots: Underequipped and Untrained for Special Ops Chapter 16: The Deadly Record of CH-47D in Afghanistan Chapter 17: Task Force Commander Concerns: Conventinal Aviation with Special Forces Chapter 18: Pre-­Flight Intelligence: Taliban Targeting US Helicopters Chapter 19: Chaos in the Air: The Lost Minutes Chapter 20: The Chopper’s Last Call Chapter 21: The Odd Request for a “Sparkle” Chapter 22: The Final Seconds: Who Is “Them”?

SEALs—History—21st century. 3. United States. Naval Special Warfare Development Group—History. 4. Chinook (Military transport helicopter) 5. Special operations (Military science)—United States. 6. Afghan War, 2001—Campaigns. I. Title. II. Title: Shoot-down of SEAL Team Six. 48-1992. Contents Copyright Prologue Chapter 1: Forward Operating Base “Shank” Chapter 2: Aboard Extortion 17 Chapter 3: Base Shank Chapter 4: SEALs Called to Action Chapter 5: Ninety-­Seven Days from Quintessential Glory to Unexplained Disaster Chapter 6: Background on the Colt Report Chapter 7: The Colt Report: A General Overview Chapter 8: The Colt Report 101: Points to Keep in Mind in Examining Evidence Chapter 9: The Pink Elephant Escapes Chapter 10: CENTCOM Handcuffs Colt’s Investigation Chapter 11: The Seven Missing Afghans Discovered by Happenchance Chapter 12: “Green-­on-­Blue” Violence: “Friendly” Afghans Killing Americans Chapter 13: An Ambassador’s Blunt Warnings Chapter 14: A Forced Suicide Mission Chapter 15: Extortion 17 Pilots: Underequipped and Untrained for Special Ops Chapter 16: The Deadly Record of CH-47D in Afghanistan Chapter 17: Task Force Commander Concerns: Conventinal Aviation with Special Forces Chapter 18: Pre-­Flight Intelligence: Taliban Targeting US Helicopters Chapter 19: Chaos in the Air: The Lost Minutes Chapter 20: The Chopper’s Last Call Chapter 21: The Odd Request for a “Sparkle” Chapter 22: The Final Seconds: Who Is “Them”?

But against incoming rockets, antiaircraft fire, surface-­to-­air missiles, or rocket-­propelled grenades, the machine guns were as effective as a peashooter in a gunfight at the OK Corral, a reality of which Pat Hamburger was all too aware. Hamburger had practice-­fired the weapons many times, but he had never fired the weapons in combat. Like his friend Bryan Nichols in the cockpit, this marked his first combat deployment to Afghanistan, his first foray into a war zone. Four of the five members of this Air National Guard flight crew were green from lack of experience.

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