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Pentagon bans media coverage of ceremony to return remains of soldiers killed in helo crash

The Pentagon said Monday that it would prohibit media coverage of the return of 30 dead American troops to U.S. soil after they were killed in a helicopter crash in the deadliest day of the decade-long Afghanistan war.

The somber military ritual at Dover Air Force Base of welcoming home those killed in wars overseas was re-opened to the public in March 2009 after an 18-year ban. Coverage of the return of troops’ flag-draped remains — termed “dignified transfers” by the military — has been permitted since then as long as relatives of the deceased give their approval.

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