September 21st, 2010
09:37 AM ET

9 U.S. service members dead in Afghan chopper crash

Nine U.S. service members in southern Afghanistan perished in a helicopter crash in what is now the deadliest year for coalition and U.S. forces since the battle against the Taliban started
nearly nine years ago.

The crash occurred in the Chopan district of Zabul province, one of the several turbulent southern regions where coalition and Afghan troops have been battling the tenacious militant group for years.

"There are no reports of enemy fire at the time the air craft went down," NATO's International Security Assistance Force told CNN. ISAF is investigating the incident.

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  1. Numbaoneballa

    This is yet another example of how screwed we are because of bush. Get out now, bring em home. Anyone who has studied any amount of history from that area knows we will never rule them and they will never adopt american democracy. They're cavemen; and worse yet they're Muslims. Bush, Cheney, and the rest of the military industrial complex feeding traitors should be executed for treason.

    September 21, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Boney

      Hey numb...oblama can bring them home whenever he wants.

      September 21, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jackson

    Numb nut...that's it blame Bush because a helicopter crashed. When are you and your kind gonna get the hell off the 'it's all Bush's fault' bandwagon. You folks don't have an answer, so you blame Bush, who, if you go back and read and truly STUDY what has transpired in the last 6 years, was all due to a Democratic congress lead by an inept Speaker. You folks need to get a life.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. phil

    Brief history of US in Afghanistan: US and Britain finance binLaden to oust Russia, whom also wanted control of pipeline route from Caspain basin to China. (yes, China borders Aghfan.) Russia leaves. US tries to make pipeline deal w/Taliban government and is turned down. US makes treaty w/Taliban to allow troops to get binLaden. US troops take out the Taliban instead and install puppet regime which allows oil pipeline to China but Afghan people see none of the profits and revolt. Now you know how it is that China can produce those plastic flags you wave cheaper than we can.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jason

    Hmm....8.5 months after Bush takes office terrorists fulfill a 3 year long plan (During 8 yr Clinton reign) to attack the United States and it's Bush's fault? THe Bush administration embarks on a campaign to hunt down and remove terrorists and human rights abusers from power and is largely successful. Obama takes office and promises change and does not produce any results after 2.5 years even with a largely Democratic Congress that is on his side. Obama and his administration need to take Bush' picture off the mirror and see who they should really blame for the lack of progress since he took office.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Texan

      Couldn't agree with you more Jason. The easiest thing for the idiots to do is blame bush. Their shining star bama could pull the troops out at any time. So, appears to me, it's bama's fault.

      September 21, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. phil

    TrIVIa tIMe !!! We pay about 80 bucks for a barrel of crude oil. How much does China pay? bonus round: in what year did China discover America?

    September 21, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    Jason, you left out the part where your Bush borrowed 5 million bucks to finance his "Arbusto" oilfield co. fiasco. LMAO wait!!! there's more! He thought Arbusto was spanish for Bush! no kidding. (it means "shrub")

    September 21, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. phil

    Jason...........what famous persons brother made that 5 million dollar loan mentioneed above. now google "margie shoedinger" and then shut the hill up.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Texan

      phil, what famous person's wife took a 400K trip for her and her friends to a luxious vacation to Spain? And don't tell me she paid for it! She did it on my tax dime.

      September 21, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dee

    You guys sound like some ignorant racist who do not as usual, have there facts together about any of the topics that you are speaking on. Where were you 8 years ago to spit your disgust as your precious Bush drove this country into the ground. He ruined this country financially and morally. You are the product of his good works.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. phil

    TEXAN, I'm no fool. Even a young boy can see that both (D) and (R) parties are corrupt and beyond repair. Both only pretend to argue...to keep an eye on the other party members to keep people like you fooled.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hoss

    Dee how is this racist. because obama sucks. he's the president should we be afraid to say he sucks because he is black. by the way he's only half black, i'll make fun of the white half if it pleases you

    September 21, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Army Wife

    That's right we should bring our troops home and just turn our backs on the enemy..... get real people..... Yes war sucks, but we need not forget who started this war and Bush was not it...... Also because of Obama cutting our military forces things like this happen....Instead of pointing the finger about what we as a country are doing wrong, maybe you should support it, this is a war that will never end and the people who believe it will are just a ignorant as the person making false promises to bring our troops home for good..... we are home of the BRAVE, and if you don't like what you see then LEAVE, we do not need anti Americans bringing our country down! A loving, supportive, mother, and ARMY WIFE.......

    September 23, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dublin

    14 responses and nobody paused for the 9 dead. A salute to them I.....................................................I As far as blaming individual people. That's a wasted breath. It's never one person. That's not the way the world works. And President Obama may have promised to end these wars. That's before he got his first intel briefing as Commander in Chief. Has anyone here received that brief? I haven't. But I recognize that there's no way I could know enough of the facts to hang the blame on one person. We need to quit hating and start communicating effectively. Everyday I read stories about how the world is passing us by; China, Brazil, Canada. America is sitting stagnant because we'd rather blame each than forget what happened and fix the damn thing.
    Now, about war...
    My personal belief (and you're free to argue with me); leaving AFG today would be an open invitation for domestic attack. Our enemy is infinitely more committed to killing us than we are to defending against them. At least we have some that are committed...but as our liberal policies back home tie their hands, they're just being sent over to die.
    War is ugly. But it's inevitable. If you think that world peace is possible, then bless your cotton socks; you have a big heart. But you're absolutely dreaming. I'm all for laying down our arms. But I want you to present the olive branch to Bin Laden or Al-Zawahiri yourself. I don't think you'll find them very accommodating.

    To my fellow service men and women- never give up the fight.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bahare

    Sell out the first chance you get; is that the lesosn here?Is integrity for fools and children, like believing in the Tooth Fairy?

    April 24, 2012 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |