Re: US special forces & helicopters - not a great track record
In defense of the whirly birds, the Iran fiasco was more an example of incompetence than bad hardware.
Fine sand - It's a desert, you were expecting chocolate sprinkles perhaps?
Spares on the two that turned back - D'oh
And crashing into a stationary (yes, it was landed) C-130 - No comment!
As for the whirly bird which really did suffer hydraulic failure, I can't help but wonder if that was to be expected due to mistreatment!
Luckily the lessons were learnt for future missions, namely a little more thought and planning, and a bit less Gung ho.