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September 7, 2021

ATLANTA — Ten years ago, America suffered a terrible loss. On August 6, 2011, 30 Americans, including 17 U.S Navy SEALs, most from the storied SEAL Team Six, along with five Navy support personnel, three Air Force Pararescue Operators, and the five-man U.S. Army flight crew, made the ultimate sacrifice for their country when their U.S. Army helicopter exploded over the Tangi Valley in Afghanistan, killing all onboard. 

Now, ten years later and after 20 years in Afghanistan, America has pulled all military troops as the Taliban take over the country, with military personnel describing the scene as “apocalyptic.” Many Americans are outraged that the current administration has seemingly abandoned any Americans and allies in the war-torn country.

It’s impossible to deny the correlation between the current international crisis and the previous largest governmental misstep in Afghanistan—the loss of 30 American military personnel, which was the largest loss of life incident in the Afghanistan war. Even a decade later, both the mission and the aftermath are shrouded in mystery and coverup. What really happened that fateful night to 30 American heroes?

On August 2nd, 2021, RPM Films and Triple Horse Studios released “Fallen Angel Call Sign: Extortion 17,” the dramatic new documentary that reveals the shocking story of the tragic deaths of 30 Navy SEALs, and U.S. Special Operations. “Fallen Angel” is featured on SalemNOW, the streaming platform of Salem Media and has been watched by multitudes.

Don Brown is the author of “Call Sign Extortion 17: The Shoot-Down of SEAL Team Six,” the 2015 nonfiction military exposé on which the film, “Fallen Angel” is based. Brown says of “Fallen Angel,” “The film reveals the truth behind what happened to SEAL Team Six and the other brave Americans on-board Extortion 17 that August night in 2011. We had the rare opportunity, along the lines of ‘Lone Survivor’ and ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ of complete access to tell the story of the heroism and sacrifice of an elite SEAL Team.”

On Aug. 6, 2011, a U.S. Army helicopter carried SEAL Team Six members into the skies of Afghanistan. The elite fighting team was ready to exit the Chinook—call sign Extortion 17—for its vital mission to help capture or kill Taliban leader Qari Tahir. But Extortion 17 and its personnel would never reach their destination. Instead, 30 Americans and one American military working dog were tragically killed.

For years, many have wondered: Why was the black box missing from the crash site after a Taliban-controlled rocket shot the U.S. Army helicopter out of the sky? Why did it take 17 minutes to fly a 10-minute mission? Why was the fire control officer of the AC-130 Gunship flying above denied permission to engage the enemy? Now, as military personnel finally come forward, so do revealing answers. The explosive truth is that government missteps put our dedicated troops in harm’s way.

Says Brown of “Fallen Angel,” “The film is supplemented by the official military record of the mission, which has discrepancies—showing the possibility of negligence or the concealment of key facts.” 

As Fox News’ Sean Hannity noted of this story, “Every American, every kid in school, should be taught what happened with Extortion 17.”

The dramatic trailer for “Fallen Angel” can be seen at this link.

Don Brown is a former U.S. Navy JAG officer and the author of 15 books on the U.S. military, including the national best-sellers “Last Fighter Pilot,” “Treason,” and “Call Sign Extortion 17.” Brown is also an attorney, perhaps best known for representing Lt. Clint Lorance, the U.S. Army paratrooper sentenced to 20 years imprisonment by the Obama administration stemming from a firefight on an Afghanistan battlefield. Brown has been a featured speaker at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, and has appeared nationally on Fox News, One America News, “The Larry Elder Show,” “The David Webb Show,” “On Point with Tomi Lahren,” and many other media outlets.

For more information about the new film “Fallen Angel,” produced by RPM Films and Triple Horse Studios and currently streaming on SalemNOW, visit its website at http://fallenangel.film.


To interview Don Brown, contact Hamilton Strategies, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Jeff Tolson, 610.584.1096, ext. 108, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.