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Iowan dies in helicopter crash in Afghanistan


A northern Iowa man is among the dead after a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

The family of 35-year-old Jon Tumilson of Rockford says he was one of 30 U.S. troops killed in the crash.

The U.S. losses include 22 members of the Navy's SEAL Team Six, the same unit credited with killing Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan. Also killed were the 3 member helicopter crew, a dog and his handler, a civilian interpreter, and 7 Afghan troops.

The crash is being called the single largest loss of life ever for SEAL Team Six.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for bringing down the helicopter. U.S. and NATO officials say they're investigating those claims. 

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