June 6th, 2012
10:10 AM ET

U.S. helicopter believed shot down in Afghanistan; 2 killed

[Updated at 10:23 a.m. ET] The U.S. believes one of its armed helicopters was shot down over Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing both crew members on board, a U.S. military official said.

"It is likely that the helo today was brought down due to enemy small arms and RPG fire," the official said. The chopper was a U.S. Army OH-58 Kiowa Warrior reconnaissance helicopter. It went down over Ghazni province.

In a statement, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the downing of the helicopter, saying a rocket was used.

"After the rocket hit it, the helicopter came down and took fire," said an e-mail sent by Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid.

soundoff (148 Responses)
  1. saywhat

    @ Army vet.
    As for your point on taking up these issues with my Rep/Congressman. That I do at a frequency which prompts them to keep me informed on what they are doing about it- which is zilch.
    And my freedom is not guaranteed by follies like Iraq & Afghanistan, its quite the contrary. We have turned entire regions hostile to us and compromised our geo-political and strategic interests.

    June 6, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. MJ

    Get out of there, now. What we are waiting for? Kill every member of AQ? It may take another 20-30 years.

    June 6, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Allah

    GET OUT!

    June 6, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jt_flyer

    Kiowa is quite lightly armed and armored Scout that uses speed and maneuverablity and as its primary defense. If it was an RPG took it out it was a lucky shot.

    Let's just hope it's not something more deadly like a Stinger (that got into the wrong hands) or Russian SA-14 or Chinese FN-6. The Stinger is what ended the war for the Soviets.

    June 6, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. Vad

    Jane Fonda, is that you? What's the matter? Treason in Vietnam wasn't enough so your going to side with the Taliban too?

    June 6, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • dou44

      Treasonous would define Bush-Cheney as to their deliberate incompetence on 9-11-01, their lies about Iraq, their lies about the 2007 bank debacle.

      June 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. john

    The US Military is not fighting for our freedom. stop with that same brainwashing nonsense. wake up.

    June 6, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • JDavis

      Right, john. Our military has not fought a single useful war since WWII. Some 60 conflicts that have done nothing but cause blowback and give our government an excuse to limit our freedoms.

      June 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jester1028

    My heart goes to our servicemen. On the other hand this is some senseless BS reporting!!! Why even report this kind of news??? wow...just wow...that's just what the Taliban want is media attention.

    June 6, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • DL

      I take it you prefer to only see one sided US propaganda – drone attacks etc

      June 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Warneverchanges

      Sticking your head in the sand will not make the deaths "go away". It's important that the realities of war are shown. The dead children, shattered lives, servicepeople killed on deployment. This is what a war costs, I hope people always remember. If it makes you feel any better, we've destroyed 30 their lives and families, for every one of ours.

      June 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jason

    Hows the "Trans Afghanistan Pipeline" working out for ya?

    June 6, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Al

      Ask India that question...

      June 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. some guy

    You know, while I know america is fighting the good fight here , but you have to give credit to the enemy. These rag tag bunch of village militia with their AK's and RPG's have put up a real impressive defence. They have brought down almost 3 helicopters that i know of, they still have a heavy presence in Af PAK border and continue to attack US and PAK positions with impunity. So much so that NATO US service members are not allowed to walk freely off base. Even US soldiers there have respect for these guys and the ones that dont show that show their frustration by desecrating their body, bny peeing , collecting fingers.etc this is a truly unequal war , one army has the greatest air/artillery/drone/armored support known to mankind , they have food, letters, internet, great equipment. etc any firefight and air support is used like a squad weapon. On the other hand there is a side with no supplies, and have AK's and RPG's, cheap shoes and loafes of bread which they nibble at for days on end, but they extort and trouble the population to their advantage and basically use them. It would be interesting to observe if the US/NATO put an infantry company vs 100 Taliban all of them armed with their small arms and no population, no air/external support. and let the out come decide once and for all and be done with it.

    June 6, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • latuya83

      Not really, we overan the Taliban in a couple of weeks, the problem is that we are asking our soldiers to help in nation building and that's not their job. There job is to go in and take the enemy out like they did with Hussein and the Taliban.

      June 6, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Bacon

      What you dont know about guerilla warfare would fill volumes. If the "fighters" in Afghanyland fought conventionally, they would have been wiped out years ago. As far as how we live vs them, yes, we have it way to soft in forward combat areas, it is great for morale, but makes us soft. for them, life isnt much different then the regular civilian there, it is hard living and they are a tough people, but in a face to face fight, they would be decimated.

      June 6, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Nice way to put it. Very good.

      June 6, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • CommonSensed

      Certainly the Taliban have no money or support. They craft AKs out of rocks and shrubs and make RPGs from the gourds and small trees amongst the countryside. 100 marines against 100 Taliban? Say buh bye Taliban.

      June 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Yeah, the way they leave IEDs on roadways unattended to blow up the next unsuspecting car is amazing

      June 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vad

      I would bet on American soldiers winning that fight easy. Something to consider, the American Army is handcuffed by public opinion. Just like Vietnam. If the politicans let the American military do it's job then we would see a different result. Having said that, I do not know why America would want to stay in Afghanistan. No natural resources, no stable form of government, a non educated population and no reason to invest in their economy. The only thing we may possibly gain is doing damage to their insurgent training camps. That is a good reason but I really believe we never had any intention to rule their Country for them. They can have it.

      June 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob B

      We didn't learn anything from the British or the Russians when they tried to take on the Afghans. They don't have a conventional army and we don't know how to take an unconventional force. We should let the CIA, Special Ops and drones go after the terrorists and get the rest of our people out now. Not 2014, now.

      June 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • jqent

      This is asymmetrical war. The Taliban tried stand-up fighting at first, and got their keisters handed to them. So they will continue with what works for them... IEDs, RPG sniping, suicide bombers directed at soft targets, sabotage, poisonings, acts of general terror designed to keep the populace in line. They don't have to "win," all they have to do is avoid being wiped out.

      June 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ankara

      taliban should thank the civillians among whom they hide. Otherwise, they could've been wiped long time ago

      June 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pat

    The sooner we kill every muslum in the world the better this world would be.I will wipe my butt with allah!

    June 6, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob B

      Ya right that will fix everything, keep on dreaming. People like you are why we have alot of these problems.

      June 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patric a

      They hide among civilians,lol you must think that they are Martians,if a foreign army invade a State where will you stay,I would think around your neighborhood.

      June 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bacon

    actually, we urinate on them after a big breakfast of bacon, bacon and more delicous bacon. Then, just to make sure your brothers are glad to see you when you arrive, we spinkle you down with bacon bits, cause we all know that Allah dines on swine! Marhaba

    June 6, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    If it was shot down, where was the wingman? Why did he not provide cover fire until a rescue team could get there?

    June 6, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • dangle13x

      it wouldn't be the first time cnn didn't fully report on a story. I'd imagine they are waiting to receive all of the facts just like everyone else.

      June 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • kiknchikn

      because this isn't a movie, Recon Helos go in alone so they can scout. Generally keeping low to the mountains and using the mountains as cover. They must have come to close to what they were supposed to be gathering intel on.

      June 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      As someone that been over there, I will tell you that wingmans are nice but not required...many many helo fights I was on never had wingman it was just us and the helo that was hauling our butts....

      June 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. gingersrule1

    @ vet. Who cares if people are worried about their family members in Afghanistan? They should always be worried about them. They are at war. These things happen at war. You join the military and work in a war torn country. There's a decent chance you won't make it back.

    June 6, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. American_Fury

    Along with your mother!!

    June 6, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. gravatarofjaim

    My prayers goes out to these soldiers and their families. They gave their lives for our country. They are our heroes, rest in peace.

    June 6, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7