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Published On: Wed, Dec 18th, 2013

6 Soldiers dead, 1 survive Black Hawk helicopter crash in Afghanistan

The Taliban claim they shot the chopper down, initial reports claim there was a mechanical failure, but the end results is that six US soldiers are dead and one narrowly survived.

Pentagon and military officials told the AP that there were initial indications of militants in the area after the helicopter crashed, by late Tuesday officials said it did not appear that there was any insurgent presence during or after the crash.

A Taliban spokesman claim militants shot down the Black Hawk helicopter, but military and local Afghan officials said that initial reports indicated that mechanical failure was a factor.

Afghan officials said the crash happened around 4 p.m. in the Shajoe district of Zabul Province, which is in the remote area of southern Afghanistan.

“We do not know how those killed were killed,” one of the officials told CNN. “It’s unclear if it was the crash or contact with the enemy after the helo came down.”

 

“The area is not fully safe — there is enemy movement there, and it is also surrounded by mountains and covered with forest,” said Ghulam Jilani Khan, provincial security chief for Zabul, which shares a border with Pakistan. “The information we have so far is that it crashed because of technical problems.”

The six fatalities on Tuesday bring the total number of Americans killed in the 12-year war to 2,160.

About 43,000 American forces remain in Afghanistan, and about 80,000 total ISAF forces.

 The names of the soldiers have not been released.

 

US Black Hawk helicopter DoD photo by Capt. Peter Smedberg, U.S. Army. (Released)

US Black Hawk helicopter DoD photo by Capt. Peter Smedberg, U.S. Army. (Released)

 

 

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