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.

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  1. Gene

    hey Ginger, are you blonde too?

    June 6, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. LisaG.

    Scores of books will be written on how we had a chance to accomplish something in Afghanistan and ended up looking like every other country that went in arrogant and came out humbled. It makes me wonder if our military readers even read the history of that country before they went it, or even if they ever read Kipling? We had a chance there to attain some success, but blew it. I'm sorry for our servicemen and women. They are heroes and deserved better from our leaders.

    June 6, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mr.Merrick

    Make Love not war.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. WillH85

    And sadly this goes to show that we learned nothing from Vietnam. My heart goes out to the troops and their families that pay the price for that.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mr.Merrick

    Wage Weed not war. The Weedheads are among the only groups who do not wage war! That sets em' apart. There has been Korean war, Ww2, Vietnam war, but there has never been a Weedheads war!

    June 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kevininvancouver

    This is Karma!

    June 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
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    June 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dangle13x

    If any of you idiots making asinine comments had friends or family over there, you wouldn't be so quick to make these pathetic comments. Rot in hell you worthless rats.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DC

    This is the war that never ends ~~~~
    Yes it goes on and on my friend ~~~~~

    June 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Some folks, Started it, not knowing the repurcuss..
      and politicians will keep it going on forever just because...


      June 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      I guess you weren't born or lived in a cave or under a rock on 9/11. The pain still continues for me as I lost 3 family members that day. One firefighter and two office workers.

      So you can take your jingle and shove it. I want all terrorists great and small to be hunted down like the dogs they are until the world ends. NO amount of money is too great. I'm willing to even chip in to a war fund. Heck, I'll buy boxes of ammunition for myself (I'm a soldier) and my battle buddies.

      Bin Laden may be dead, but as long as the US and her allies are free nations, we will be hated, and terrorists will plan the next attack. If we stop now, it won't be a question of "if" the next attack occurs, but when.

      June 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grateful citizen

      @Dan, thank you for being a voice of lucidity in an otherwise lunatic thread. Be forewarned, the vast preponderance of CNN bloggers cannot be persuaded with logic and reason. They're fanatic ideologues beyond logic. It's whistling in the wind. Don't take it personally or be discouraged. And thank you for your service and the sacrifices you make on our behalf.

      June 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      @Dan. Your loss is tragic and completely undeserved. And, your desire to stop terrorism is admirable. Just be careful your hatred doesn't blind you to the cause you believe in. Killing the mindset of those who oppose us is much more effective than trying the impossible: to kill them all.

      June 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Smako

    They knew the job was dangerous when they took it. Sure, we need to get out and let the Arabs kill each other, but our fearless leaders want to restore order and a stable government before we pull out and let them kill each other.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • dou44

      Afghans will decide who rules Afghanistan, not the occupying Americans who insert themselves for selfish means.

      June 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ethnographer

      Dear mister Smako, they aren't Arabs. Most Taliban are Pashtu. Different values, culture, and beliefs.

      I don't think our fearless leaders oppose Arabs killing each other. We're happily letting that happen at this moment in Yemen, Syria, and elsewhere. As I recall our national interests, the US seeks to defeat radical extremism and deter aggression. Can that be accomplished by pulling out, which reasonable folks believe will result in a Taliban takeover, thereby re creating the Al Qaeda safe harbor that led to 9-11? Thankfully, your opinion is inconsequential.

      June 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tripp Knightly

      (They're not arabs)

      June 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mac11

      Well put.

      June 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. 69amcrebel

    The Cannibals eating bath salts win!!!!

    June 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BJJSchecter

    We taught them how to take down Russian helicopters...kinda ironic.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. zoomzom

    Don't be bad mouthing the war, it is the war the reward of which makes our defense sector thrive and adds millions of jobs that help our economy afloat. If we did not have war we would have recession as early as 2001.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • moshe dayan


      June 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samuel

      Citation needed. Have we not spent bazillions on this war that we now owe in government debt? Please explain yourself.

      June 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Patric a

    Kill the invaders one by one,stealing resources sure doesn,t come cheap.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Patric a

    kill all the western thieves.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
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