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An Operation Gone Awry in Afghanistan

Details of the United States' disastrous operation in eastern Afghanistan -- in which 19 special operations personnel died -- are now emerging. An attempted rescue of a team seeking Taliban and escaped prisoners led to 16 deaths when a helicopter was shot down.

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Philip Reeves is an award-winning international correspondent covering South America. Previously, he served as NPR's correspondent covering Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India.