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Secrecy shrouds homecoming of troops killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash
WASHINGTON (AP) ' Troops killed in the deadliest incident of the Afghan war came home Tuesday ' traveling in death much the same way they did in life ' shrouded in secrecy.
Two C-17 aircraft carrying the remains of 30 killed in a weekend helicopter crash arrived at around 10 a.m. at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, the Pentagon said.
But three days after the downing of the aircraft by insurgents, the Defense Department hasn't released the troops' names. Officials said it's taking time because there were so many killed. Others said privately there is hesitancy to release the names because the majority were from secretive special operations forces.
A ceremony later Tuesday will be closed to the press. Top civilian and uniformed leaders will attend along with some family members.