A retired Air Force Captain is breaking her silence after almost 6 years of torment over the deaths of 17 Navy SEALS and 13 other U.S. military servicemen in Afghanistan on August 6th, 2011. The tragedy, which came to be known as Extortion 17 (the call sign for the SEAL team chopper), remains the deadliest day in the War on Terror for the Navy SEALS. Joni Marquez is now telling the graphic truth about what really happened to the Chinook helicopter carrying our beloved soldiers.
According to Marquez, the Pentagon under the Obama administration covered up the reasons for the loss of our soldiers. This article will explain why Barack Obama is directly responsible for their deaths. According to an exclusive interview with Circa, Marquez was an eyewitness to the events of that awful day when the Extortion 17 Chinook went down, killing everyone.
Marquez says the single most tragic loss of life in the Afghanistan war could have been prevented. If the rules of engagement hadn’t been tampered with by the Obama administration, things would have been different. She claims the Obama administration was obsessed with sparing the lives of Muslim enemy combatants. This obsession came at the expense of our own men. Marquez also reveals Obama’s Pentagon carried out the most heinous of cover-ups to help the administration save face. Her story brings a new perspective, and some righteous anger to all patriots who hear it.
August 6, 2011
Marquez was the fire control officer on an AC-130 gunship called in to assist with a crisis situation in the Tangi Valley of the Wardak Province. Marquez recounts the chilling story of that day. She described it “as almost like a 9-1-1 type of a situation.”
The AC-130 was called to fly close-in air support above Afghanistan’s Tangi Valley. The air support was cover for troops in the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment, who had come under fire from eight heavily-armed Taliban fighters.
The Rangers had requested for assault helicopters to engage Taliban insurgents hiding in the rocky valley. At first, it was appeared all eight insurgents were eliminated. “I had the sensor operators immediately shift to the eight insurgents the helicopters had taken out,” Marquez said, in her first interview about the incident. “Two were still alive.”
Marquez’s specific job as the fire control officer was to make sure the sensors and weapons were aligned and allowed the crew to hone in on enemy targets. Shockingly, the gunship was not given permission to fire on the two Taliban insurgents who were seen crawling away from their positions back toward a nearby village.
“We had seen two of them moving, crawling away from the area, as to not really make a whole lot of scene,” she recalled. Watching from above, Marquez relayed the scene to a ground force commander. “You have two enemy forces that are still alive,” she said. “Permission to engage.”
Taliban allowed to escape
Instead of being given permission to engage, Marquez received an order to stand down. As a result, the two enemy combatants were allowed to rally more men in the nearby village. Marquez believes this was the tragic turning point in the incident, and Marquez believes it could have been prevented. However, her crew was not allowed to eliminate the threat when they had the opportunity.
The Gateway Pundit provides details.
According to The Gateway Pundit, it was during this time that the Chinook helicopter was called in, carrying a total of 38 servicemen and a U.S. Military service dog. The Chinook’s call sign was Extortion 17.
U.S. Central Command’s official investigation said that a rocket-launched grenade from a Taliban fighter struck the Chinook and sent the helicopter into a downward spin. The crash killed all 38, including thirty Americans and eight Afghans. Seventeen of the U.S. servicemen were Navy SEALs. The false report from the Pentagon insisted that the two escaped Taliban fighters disappeared into the brush which is not true. Marquez and her team traced their escape back to the village where they re-armed themselves and recruited more fighters.
Marques said that if she and her team had not been told to stand down that they could have taken out the two escaped Taliban fighters and prevented the deaths of so many of our soldiers. “They continued to essentially gain more and more force behind them because they just kept knocking on doors,” she said. “And the two personnel that initially fled ended up becoming a group of 12 people.”
She continued, “Whenever we reached out to the Joint Operations Center, they would essentially just push back with, ‘Find a, a good infill location. Find a good helicopter landing zone,’” adding that by the time Extortion 17 was inbound, everything was entangled in a mess of confusion.
A Navy SEAL allowed to die
This is the part of this story which really gets to me. As the Chinook began a downward spin, one of the SEALs was ejected from the helicopter. Marquez says she watched the SEAL die as his infrared body heat signal turned from red to blue. There was nothing she or her crew were allowed to do about it.
Marquez blames the Obama administration for changing the rules of engagement. This disgusting politician-made code of engagement allowed the needless deaths of our own men, and Barack Obama is to blame. They could have been saved. I just want to know one thing. When will the previous administration pay for their crimes?
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