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. Lady Jan

    This is so sad! My heart and prayers go out to the friends and families of these lost loved ones!

    August 6, 2011 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. person

    very good

    August 6, 2011 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. TREW

    31 US special force members are dead.

    August 6, 2011 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. Zero Sux

    Hey CNN, why don't you post on the front page how many troops were killed? Oh? What's that? You don't want to give your messiah a bad image?

    August 6, 2011 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. alex

    Sad! Very sad.

    August 6, 2011 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. edith

    Heart Breaking!! May they all rest in peace!! Prayers for their love ones!

    August 6, 2011 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. Fred

    A tragedy.
    A shame that those cavemen Islamic maniacs can still inflict such catastrophic damage against the good guys.

    I still think the world would have been a better place had the radicalized Islamic countries just been nuked on 9/12.

    August 6, 2011 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
    • nonpartisan


      August 6, 2011 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. what

    Why isn't this breaking news, why aren't networks talking about this on television....its been online for an hour.

    August 6, 2011 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Because they are referred to as "Nato troops'. That is designed to blunt the impact of this news.

      Kind of dishonest if you ask me.

      August 6, 2011 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Baba

      In Switzerland it is breaking news and they're talking about 31 US Special Forces guys who are dead and 7 Afghan soldiers.... CNN tsk tsk tsk...afraid of telling the news??? No need to talk about NATO. They are US soldiers!!

      August 6, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bob

    Why are they referred to as "Nato troops'?

    They were 31 United States military personel and 7 Afghan military personel.

    Keep it real.

    August 6, 2011 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. Retired US Army

    Very sad day and my prayers are with these Special Heros!!! It is funny CNN that during these two wars you posted over and over soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan on the front page. Now that Bush is going and Obama is our president you never see it on your web page our falling HEROS? WHY?

    August 6, 2011 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. what


    August 6, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. willhclark

    It could be worse. If Obama was the pilot everyone within 500 square miles would be dead!

    August 6, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. Guest101

    Another loss of life for no reason. We all know the outcome of this war. so why wait??

    August 6, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tony T

    I hope someone gets to the golf course to let Obama know!

    August 6, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  15. Benny Hill

    Yeah, great idea teabaggers, cut Social Security and Medicare, just keep these stupid wars going at a trillion dollars a year.

    August 6, 2011 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
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