Nine U.S. troops killed as helicopter crashes in AfghanistanNumber of 2010 casualties overtakes last year’s total
Nine American service members with the international coalition inAfghanistan were killed this morning when their helicopter crashed.
The cause of the accident is not yet clear – and there were no reports of enemy fire.
Therewere two survivors – an Afghan National Army soldier and a U.S.civilian – who were transported to a military medical centre, Nato said.
Crash: A Lynx helicopter from the Army Air Corpin Afghanistan, where a Nato chopper has gone down in Zabul provincekilling nine (file picture)
The crash occurred in south-eastern Zabul province.
Although nationalities have not been confirmed. a source told CNN all nine victims were American.
NATO said there were no reports of enemy fire in the area.
Talibanspokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi told AP by telephone that insurgents shotdown the helicopter – but the Taliban often claim responsibility formilitary accidents.
Most helicopter crashes in the country have been accidents caused by maintenance problems or factors such as dust.
The deaths raise to 32 the number of international troops killed so far this month in Afghanistan.
Two U.S. service crew were killed in the most recent helicopter crashin southern Helmand in July, which the Taliban claimed to have caused.
In April, three service members were killed when a U.S. Air ForceOsprey went down seven miles from Qalat, capital of Zabul, south-westof Kabul.
It was the first crash of the costly tilt-rotor aircraft in a combat zone, the U.S. military said.
The deaths took the number killed in 2010 to at least 529, up from 521 in 2009.
In July 2009, two Canadian troops and a Briton were killed in a helicopter crash, also in Zabul.
Helicopters are used extensively by both Nato and the Afghan government forces to transport and supply troops spread out across a mountainous country with few roads.
Losseshave been relatively light, despite insurgent fire anddifficult conditions, and most crashes have been accidents caused bymaintenance problems or factors such as dust.
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