Monday, August 8, 2011

38 soldiers killed in a helicopter crash of NATO in central Afghanistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced Saturday that 31 U.S. soldiers have died and seven Afghan helicopter crash in central China. According to local sources, the military was conducting an operation against the Taliban. According to Associated Press has learned over 20 of the 31 U.S. soldiers killed were members of SEAL, the best strength of the U.S. Special Operations, who commanded the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden. The U.S. president, Barack Obama, regretted the incident. "His death is a reminder of the extraordinary sacrifices made by our men and women in the military and their families, including those serving in Afghanistan," he said in a statement released by the White House.

Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta praised the "exemplary courage" and the determination of U.S. and Afghan troops to strengthen global security. "We will maintain up to complete the mission for which they and all who have served and lost their lives in Afghanistan have made the greatest sacrifice," said Panetta.
It is the deadliest incident for U.S. troops since the conflict began in 2001. "The aircraft crashed at night [Friday and Saturday] in the province of Maidan Wardak," said in a statement the head of state. Authorities have not disclosed yet what caused the accident, although that could be shuffled by a missile attack.

NATO has confirmed just "an incident involving a helicopter," without further details. "ISAF is investigating the circumstances of the incident. It has been reported enemy activity in the area, NATO said. A Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid told the AIP Afghan agency that the device was brought down by their militias with a projectile.

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