7 Americans among 11 killed as NATO copter crashes in Afghanistan
This UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in Afghanistan is believed to be similar to the helicopter that crashed on Thursday.
August 16th, 2012
08:31 AM ET

7 Americans among 11 killed as NATO copter crashes in Afghanistan

[Updated at 8:31 a.m. ET] Seven American service members were among the 11 people killed in the helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan Thursday, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said. The other four were Afghans.

[Updated at 8:28 a.m. ET] A NATO helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan Thursday killed at least 11 people, including three Americans, the alliance's International Security Assistance Force said.

ISAF said three were U.S. Forces-Afghanistan service members. The others include four ISAF service members, but it is not clear what their nationalities are.

Three members of the Afghan National Security Forces and an Afghan civilian interpreter also died. The cause of the crash is under investigation, ISAF said in a news release.

The ISAF helicopter was a UH-60 Black Hawk. The precise location of the crash was not released.

[Posted at 7:57 a.m. ET] Afghan and coalition service members were among 11 people killed Thursday when a NATO helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said.

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  1. angeson

    If we are no longer actively persuing taliban and droneing bad guys then bring our kids home cause they are nothing but targets.

    August 16, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • alphonse

      those "bad guys" are just civilians fighting to get rid of the foreign invaders. thats whats wrong with the usa military......a draft would make sure people really believe in what they are fighting for.......instead of killing people for a pay check

      August 16, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Pat

    Get the heII out of there now!

    August 16, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. mojoback

    Who are those killed, are they Americans and Alliesd forces or were there casualties on the ground? As a Disabled Veteran Stationed in a war zone many, many years ago, I will pray for all those who are lost fighting this terrible, unending war!

    August 16, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. SomeGuy1982

    Very sad to hear. Lets stop being the police of the world and start worrying more about what is going on within our own borders!

    August 16, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • David Miller

      Very naive indeed. This has to be a political decision, meaning only those who fund the election have a say.

      August 16, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mike

    When will President Obama end this endless war?

    August 16, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Esoag

    Wow, one sentence. What a story. I think those people that died deserve more than that cnn.

    August 16, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. mojoback

    Let's re-elect Obama, then push the American handing security to the Afghani's sooner, and get our sons and daughters home now instead of his 2014 departure! Mitt Romney says that he will cancel all Obama's choices, let's not make a Commander in Chief that wants the war machine to fix the deficit and keep our troops any longer!

    August 16, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Let me see.... had GWB and the GOP not deliberately and recklessly abandoned and prolonged the Afghan war to invade Iraq, that country would have longed been stabilized and we would have been out of Afghanistan several years ago with alot of American, Afghan and NATO lives saved. But I know President Obama won't move up the deadline for withdrawal because when he ended the Iraqi war, he took heat from the GOT who accused him of sending the wrong message to the enemy by pulling out. I think Mitt Romney has a few full grown boys that he can send to finish what his messiah GWB started. And perhaps the rest of the GOT could send their sons and daughters and grandchildren to finish what they started.

    August 16, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. ali

    why do choppers crash so much out there...they're not dropping out of the sky at all here at home.

    August 16, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • HWB

      Elavation my man, elavation. The higher you go the further you fall if there is a problem.

      August 16, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Some are shut down by enemy fire while others experience engine malfunction because of the enormous desert sand storms.

      August 16, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. klAMan

    Americans killed is the best news this week. They have no business being there.

    August 16, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      They had no business being there but these troops didn't choose to go there. Some tyrant on Crawford Ranch and a heartless one in Wyoming sent them there.

      August 16, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. SPC (P) WASHBEEZY

    for those of u saying "this is a useless war" and "our boys are dying for nothing" we soldiers take great pride in what we do and we are proud of what we have done. i am active duty and i am going back over there again very soon. i do not feel i am doing this for nothing nor did my friends die for nothing. i respect ur opinion and your right to free speech but before you say things like that please think about how it makes the men that are actually there feel and what it does to there morale when you say that. thank you.

    August 16, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Morgan

      Thank you for your service. I will ALWAYS support our troops, no matter where they are sent.

      August 16, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. SomeGuy1982

    kIAMan, its nice that you have such a loud roar when you are sitting behind your computer screen.

    August 16, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. Morgan

    Why don't you all take maybe fives second to quit your moaning over politics and focus on the fact that we just lost 7 of our best and bravest? You may not agree, like or even tolerate what this war is about but you had better be more grateful than you're acting for the sacrifices these men and women make every day while we're drinking our coffee and surfing the internet.

    August 16, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Bongo™

      poor guys. It is a shame.

      August 16, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      @Morgan

      This is certainly a tragedy but politicizing this tragedy is very important as it serves to remind the American voters and politicians that these casualties could have been avoided had GWB and the GOP not deliberately and recklessly abandoned and prolonged the Afghan war by 5-6 years to invade Iraq. Some things are woth politicizing because as the saying goes, "those who ignore history are bound to repeat it." And the last time I checked, GWB and Dick Cheyney were still actively and aggressively on the campaign trail once again, promoting and selling their catastrophic foreign policy agenda to Mitt Romney and the American people are falling for it all over again! Let's pray that these jokers don't ever get into the White House.

      August 16, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mini ME

    In Afghanistan: Crashed = Shot Down!

    August 16, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    And who did you vote for when GWB ran for re-election in 2004? And why are you still supporting the party that sent us there?

    August 16, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      because I don't believe in govt hand outs. I believe a grown man should stand on his own two feet. How many grown men here have accepted help from the govt? If I were you I wouldn't fess up either. A leach is a leach. Simple as that...

      August 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
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