TODAY—New Film, ‘Fallen Angel Call Sign: Extortion 17,’ Reveals Shocking True Story of What Really Happened to SEAL Team Six Over the Skies of Afghanistan

August 2, 2021

ATLANTA — On the night of August 6, 2011, the U.S. Army Chinook flew its risky mission over Afghanistan. Inside were 30 Americans, most from SEAL Team Six. Outside were dangerous forces plotting against it. No one could have predicted the truth.

Today on August 2nd, 2021, from RPM Films and Triple Horse Studios, comes “Fallen Angel Call Sign: Extortion 17,” the dramatic new documentary that reveals the shocking story of the greatest single-incident loss of life in the history of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, the Navy SEALs, and U.S. Special Operations. “Fallen Angel” debuted on SalemNOW, the streaming platform of Salem Media.

The film is available to rent or buy via SalemNOW at this link.

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 project 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 when a Taliban-controlled rocket shot out of the sky.

But what really happened that night? Why was the black box missing from the crash site? And why was the fire control officer of the AC-130 Gunship flying above denied permission to engage the enemy? Ten years later, long-awaited answers to these and other pressing questions are here. 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. President Donald J. Trump pardoned Lt. Lorance on Nov. 15, 2019. Brown’s book, “Travesty of Justice,” tells that story. 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.

Karen Vaughn, the Gold Star mother of Aaron Vaughn, has been outspoken on behalf of her son. The day her son’s life ended, hers began again. She is a powerful spokesperson for not only our defenders still on foreign soil as they attempt to secure peace around the globe, but also as an advocate for a better, stronger, and more resilient America. Karen Vaughn has gone through the halls of Congress, appeared in national press conferences, and been featured on multiple television and radio programs. She has also taken to large stages across the country as a keynote speaker and was a guest speaker position on the opening night of the 2016 Republican National Convention. Karen and Billy Vaughn have been married for nearly 37 years and believe that their greatest accomplishment on this earth was raising their three children: Aaron, Tara, and Ana.

For more information about the new film “Fallen Angel,” produced by RPM Films and Triple Horse Studios and streaming beginning August 2nd, 2021, on SalemNOW, visit its website at


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