Navy believes video shows SEAL's ID, weapon
Sailor was one of three killed on a mission in Afghanistan
From Barbara Starr
Navy SEAL commando Petty Officer 2nd Class Danny Dietz in an undated photo.
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A purported al Qaeda video aired on an Arabic-language news network appears to show the photo identification card and weapon of one of the Navy SEALs killed in late June in eastern Afghanistan, a Navy official said.
The card shows the name of Petty Officer 2nd Class Danny Dietz, 25, of Littleton, Colorado, who died on or around June 28 in the Afghan mountains while part of a four-man SEAL reconnaissance team. His body was recovered July 4.
"We have no reason to believe it's not his," the official said.
The two-hour video, aired on Al-Arabiya satellite news network Friday, also shows an M-4 carbine -- the type Navy SEALs use in the field, he said.
The official could not verify that a laptop computer shown on the tape was a Navy computer. But he said SEALs often take computers on missions to retrieve maps and information on locations, targeting insurgent activities.
The video shows an apparent body from the shoulders up, with a helmet on the head. No face is shown.
Navy officials said they could not confirm anything about that part of the video, except to say the way the body was dressed is not how SEALs dress in the field.
The video segment is part a propaganda film titled "The War of the Oppressed People."
Other parts of it feature people described as militants showing off weapons, including surface-to-air missiles and possible bomb-making materials.
There are interviews and anti-Western diatribes in Arabic, French and English.
Al-Arabiya would not say where or how it obtained the video.
Dietz and the three other SEALs were participating in Operation Red Wing -- a counterterrorism mission in Kunar province -- when they were attacked by insurgents. (Full story)
In the ensuing firefight, Dietz and two other SEALs, Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Axelson, 29, of Cupertino, California, and Lt. Michael P. Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, New York, were killed. The fourth team member escaped to a village, where he was hidden by villagers and was later rescued by U.S. forces. (Full story)
An MH-47 Chinook helicopter en route to support the four-man team crashed June 28, killing all 16 aboard -- eight special operations soldiers from the Army's elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment and eight Navy SEALs. (Full story)
The U.S. military believes the helicopter was shot down by insurgents.
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