US soldier killed in Afghan helicopter crash

2017-10-28 20:10
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Kabul - A US soldier died after the helicopter they were in crashed in Afghanistan, foreign forces said on Saturday, denying Taliban claims that it had shot down the aircraft.

Six other US crew were injured in the accident in the Logar province, south of Kabul, Nato's Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan said in a statement.

Primary responsibility

The death brought the number of US soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan - where they are supposed to be in a non-combat role - so far this year to 11, two above the tally for the whole of 2016.

US battlefield deaths have been relatively rare since the transfer of primary responsibility to Afghan forces at the end of 2014.

The Taliban, which has waged a 16-year insurgency against foreign forces and their Afghan counterparts, said on Twitter that its militants brought down the aircraft.

But provincial governor spokesperson Salim Saleh said that the helicopter hit a tree after a "successful" operation to support ground troops in Kharwar district.

Afghan forces

"When the foreign forces were leaving the area, their helicopter hit a tree and crashed. The forces cordoned off the area for hours to take their wounded soldiers out of the area," he said.

As part of a new strategy outlined by US President Donald Trump in August, America is sending more than 3 000 additional troops to Afghanistan, on top of the 11 000 already deployed there, to help Afghan forces.

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