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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-08-11 02:46 PM
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Pentagon: No Coverage of Dover Ceremony for 30 Killed in Afghanistan
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Source: Wall Street Journal

Pentagon officials announced Monday they will not allow any media coverage of the arrival of the remains of 22 SEALs, three Air Force special operations ground controllers, and five Army helicopter crew members killed Saturday in Afghanistan.

The 30 service members were killed in an attack by a Taliban insurgent on a CH-47 Chinook on Saturdaythe most deadly single attack since the beginning of the Afghanistan war in 2001. The military has not announced when the service members remains will be arriving at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

After years of banning the media from covering the return ceremony for service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon began allowing coverage in 2009, providing that the next-of-kin authorized the photographers and television crew to be present.

But Pentagon spokeswoman Navy Capt. Jane Campbell said in a statement that the Pentagon would not allow the news media to cover the transfer ceremony for those killed in the Saturday attack because the remains technically are unidentified.

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