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. Scuba

    Ah this land of barren mountains, it has taken lives of so many young and beautiful people.
    If they are winning, then the question is why????????
    If we defeat them, then what! it is their land and they will keep growing .
    Common man will remain suffering at the hands of few crooks and goons.

    August 6, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. what

    Relax everyone, just found out they are NATO troops not US!

    August 6, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Canuk-eh!

      Aren't we all on the same side? Too many young soldiers killed and injured in what will only be another Vietnam.

      August 6, 2011 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
    • pete samson

      31 U.S. special operation troops and seven Afghan soldiers

      August 6, 2011 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Abdul Haq

      They were on a mission to kill and got killed. Would kill more if the vehicle was not shot down. Am I right ? Hundred of thousands of civilians been killed but no one talks.

      August 6, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. James

    Better keep this off the front page CNN. Don't want to make the clown Obama look even worse than he is.

    August 6, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan, TX

      You can't be American. I don't believe an American would say what you said.

      August 6, 2011 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Pastafajoule

    What us the US' need to negotiate with the Takiban??? They will never stop killing Americans until the end of time.

    August 6, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
    • choopychups

      Yeah, it wasn't G-Dubbya and his papa who got us into these wars. It was Obama, not even a Senator at the time...just a civilian, hanging around, who got us INTO these wars.

      August 6, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Soldier

    This is a top story at MSNBC and Fox. Y not here.

    August 6, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. Deniz Bilmen


    August 6, 2011 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. Deniz Bilmen

    "NATO Helicopter"? Really?

    It was carrying 31 USAians, 7 Afghans and how many Germans? How many Turks? How many English? How many Italian soldiers?

    August 6, 2011 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Elon

      The US is a member of NATO.

      August 6, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. what

    Actually fox just downgraded the news too...hmmmmm...,ow only msnbc has it as the leading story. Guess our dead soldiers aren't as important anymore.

    August 6, 2011 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. pete samson

    They were US troops. 31

    August 6, 2011 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Nathan

      Its a top story on FOX, it was not downgraded. What do you expect though from the liberal CNN media. They probably still think it was all NATO like the retard who posted earlier.

      Bad day for the military and $%^& the Taliban.

      August 6, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. Graveyard

    Afghanistan, the graveyard of empires.

    August 6, 2011 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Yup...not one single nation or empire who has invaded Afghanistan has lived to tell the tale...

      August 6, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mike

    Thirty-one U.S. special operation troops and 7 Afghan soldiers were killed when a NATO helicopter crashed in Afghanistan,, Wake up CNN

    August 6, 2011 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. jugsk

    Latest news on NY Times confirms 38 dead, out of which 31 are Americans & 7 Afghans. It is believed to be a Chinook chopper and was shot down by the Taliban. Young lives lost again! I am sure most were probably in their early 20's...-

    August 6, 2011 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. what

    Oh nathan don't be a whiny b?#!ch.

    August 6, 2011 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. A United States Marine

    I'm tired of hearing about Casey Anthony. Why are my dead brothers not on the front page? Watching headline news as I type and haven't heard a thing. What is going on?

    August 6, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Amen to that brother...from a disabled vet and former Army Medic...thank you for serving a thankless country...

      August 6, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. 12B

    How 'bout you march on down to the recruiters office and do something for once in your llife instead of b!tching from the sidelines.

    August 6, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
    • A United States Marine

      Oh well for your information 12b I am a Marine and have been there three times and Iraq twice.

      August 6, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Nathan US Army Iraq

      Hey 12B, have you actually been to theater because we do have UNCLASSIFIED internet, idiot, how about you come over here and not watch from the sidelines.

      How about you stay over here a year like the Army and not 6 month weanie tours.

      August 6, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Army Wife

      well said

      August 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
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