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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    It's too bad that 31 Americans along with 7 of their Afghan counterparts had to die for no good reason except for the greed of the right-wing thugs in Washington. I prefer to put the blame squarely where it belongs and that's on Barack Obama himself. He could have had us out of there two years ago had he chose, but didn't. He just had to be "politically correct"!!!

    August 6, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Well put, Joey. You hit the nail on the head with your post above.

      August 6, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. michaelfury

    Tell your President to get them out now.

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2008/10/30/the-ones-who-attacked-us/

    August 6, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. HIKER

    @ Michealfury...where are you from?

    August 6, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. sherriw

    Sad day. May God be with the soldiers and their families.

    August 6, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL!

      There is no such thing as a 'god'.

      August 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Prove there isn't.

      August 6, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL!

      Prove there is.

      August 6, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • HIKER

      PROVE THERE ISN'T ! DUMBO

      August 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. NLM

    If the reports are correct and the majority of service members on the downed helicopter were Navy Seals, were they targeted in retaliation for the raid of the compound of Osama Bin Laden? Were the Seals killed directly involved in the raid in Pakistan?

    August 6, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sherriw

    @NLM-Maybe not in your book. In mines yes. Ignorance is bliss.

    August 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sherriw

    Scratch that @NLM-Correction LOL insted.

    August 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. iron mike

    While most of you bemoan who's political is responsible it's a strong possibility at leadt two of my guys went down in that Chinook.

    August 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. michaelfury

    Seal Team 6?

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/interior-attack/

    August 6, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jo

    Just pray for these families that have lost their soldider in a land far from home. I am a mother of an Army pilot and so proud of it.

    August 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • .

      Talking to your imaginary friend will accomplish nothing.

      August 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SHAFAQAT

    this is not good and not bad this is reality and it will be continue till American & other powers not change their policies.they should be sport to justice in all nations equally.otherwise it Will be continue byyyyyyyy

    August 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. craig jines

    HA HA HA HA its pay back for all the kids and woman you usa people kill each day around the world GOOD JOB WE LOOK FORWARD TO ALOT MORE

    August 6, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Army Wife

      I hope you die!

      August 6, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Army Wife

    I think that if you don't have a family Member in the service you should keep your mouth shut.Soldiers have enough stress and they don't need peoples BS.No one should ever expect to sign up for the military and expect not to go to war at some point its unrealistic.People that want the u.s outta there don't realize that bush opened a Can of worms and now we as a country have to deal with the consequences and cant simply just back out of a problem this huge.

    August 6, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. HIKER

    IS THEY'RE *NO* GOD FEARING PEOPLE HERE...YOU ALL NEED TO HAVE RESPECT FOR ONE ANOTHER AS YOU ALL ARE GODS CHILDREN AND SHOULD *NEVER* WISH DEATH APON ONE ANOTHER

    August 6, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • .

      No, I'm not scared of a myth.

      August 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. HIKER

    AND THAT WAS TO BOTH OF YOU...ARMY WIFE AND GRAIG JINES!

    August 6, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
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