As soon as we heard Marine General John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, was going to brief Wednesday morning, we knew he’d have something positive to say: a U.S. F-16 terminated the Taliban who downed the CH-47 Chinook in the Tangi Valley over the weekend with extreme prejudice early Monday.
But as sure as day follows night, the Taliban have now responded to Allen’s assertion:
“This is not true,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told the news agency AFP Thursday. “After seeing the enemy statement, we contacted the mujahed [fighter] who shot down the helicopter and he’s not dead. He’s busy conducting jihad elsewhere in the country.”
It’s the ideal action/reaction by each side: no way for the U.S. to prove it got him, and no way for the Taliban to prove it didn’t.