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President Honoring US Forces Killed In Afghan Attack

President Barack Obama is privately honoring the U.S. forces killed in the costliest attack of the Afghanistan war.

The president is at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where fallen troops come home. His trip was unannounced in a measure of security.

A total of 30 Americans and eight Afghans were killed Saturday when their helicopter was shot down by a Taliban insurgent using a rocket-propelled grenade.

No media coverage of the proceedings was to be permitted, on order of the military.

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The Pentagon says the remains of the 30 U.S. troops killed in the Afghanistan helicopter shootdown over the weekend will be brought to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Tuesday, including the remains of a Navy SEAL from Jacksonville.

Pentagon officials say there will be no public media coverage of the military's "dignified transfer" ceremony because the remains are still being identified. Families are allowed to attend the arrival.

Larry and Diane Campbell, of Jacksonville, say their son Chris, 36, was killed when the chopper was shot down. He joined the Navy after graduating from White Oak High School in 1993. Campbell was a member of SEAL Team Six.

The 18-year ban on media coverage of the returns was lifted in 2009 by then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates, leaving the decision to the families of the war dead.


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