NATO helicopter crashes in Afghanistan; at least 38 killed
August 6th, 2011
05:59 AM ET

NATO helicopter crashes in Afghanistan; at least 38 killed

At least 38 people were killed aboard a NATO helicopter that crashed in eastern Afghanistan, according to a statement from Afghan president Hamid Karzai's office.

Thirty-one NATO service members and seven Afghans were aboard the helicopter as it traveled through Warduk province, a restive central-eastern region of the country, the statement said.

A Taliban spokesman says the group claimed responsibility for shooting down the vehicle, in one of the largest coalition losses of life in Afghanistan in recent history.

International Security Assistance Force spokesman Justin Brockhoff confirmed the crash and acknowledged the helicopter had been flying in area where there was reported insurgent activity, but declined to offer additional details.

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  1. kaydee53

    There are no true winners in war. We all lose. I support the troops but not the politicians who put them there. If they had to fight the wars there would be fewer of them.

    August 6, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. s kel

    why say it was a crash, it was shot down.

    August 6, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • .

      Because it crashed after it was shot, duh.

      August 7, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. leeintulsa

    On the This Just In blog, we don't necessarily get the whole story. The nature of breaking news prevents having all the details initially. They update it sometimes as more info comes in..

    I heard shot down by RPG, thirty american troops, 1 civilian translater, and seven afghan commandos.

    22 SEALS, majority Team 6, but none directly involved with obl shooting.

    August 7, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. uba

    May the souls of all the departed rest in peace! Obama, please bring back the troops!!

    August 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |

    Veterans Today tells the truth about this giant establishment scam!

    August 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
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