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Officials: 6 Americans killed in Afghanistan crash

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From page A12 | December 18, 2013 | 5 Comments

WASHINGTON — Six U.S. service members were killed Tuesday when a helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan, U.S. and NATO officials said.

One person on board the Black Hawk UH-60 was injured and survived, two U.S. defense officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record. The aircraft was an Army helicopter from an Army unit, but officials have not yet confirmed the identities nor the service branches of the individuals, a third official said.

A statement issued by the NATO international military coalition said the crash was under investigation and that there was no insurgent activity in the area at the time of the crash.

In Washington, an official originally said the helicopter had experienced engine failure before the crash, but later said that it was unclear whether that was the case. According to initial reports, the troops had mechanical problems, came under fire after the crash and it was unclear whether any of the casualties were the result of enemy fire.

The deputy governor of southern Zabul province, Mohammad Jan Rasoolyar, said a NATO helicopter crashed in the remote district of Shajau and U.S. officials later confirmed that Zabul was the location of the U.S. crash.

This year, 109 members of the U.S. military have died in Afghanistan, out of a total of 139 members of the coalition.

The death toll has dropped significantly since the coalition handed over responsibility for security to Afghan forces last summer and coalition troops are now training and assisting.

By comparison, 394 foreign troops died last year, including 297 Americans.

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

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  • DanielDecember 18, 2013 - 5:48 am

    Kirchy do you support this "holy" war escalation where our troops are sitting ducks with Obamas engagement rules and he's off on vacation again in Hawaii?

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  • Salty DogDecember 18, 2013 - 3:46 pm

    Daniel. Looks like kirchy does not have any thing to say. Maybe he is on vacation in Hawaii with the Obama's

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  • rlw895December 18, 2013 - 4:23 pm

    I'll stand in for him then. What would you prefer, complete withdrawal or surging back up to 100,000?

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  • One has to wonder if.....December 18, 2013 - 9:26 pm

    Mr. Obama and family will visit ....Kanoehe State Hospital, Oahu, HA......--This hospital connects with the Naval Base and Naval intelligence. It has been used for programming slaves, as well as Tripler VA Hospital on Oahu island. Kunia, HA is the site of an NSA listening post. Kaneohe, HA also has an underground installation, which is used at least in part by the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Naval intelligence in Hawaii has been involved in mind-control. .......for refresh MK-Ultra programming.

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  • rlw895December 18, 2013 - 9:29 pm

    So?

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