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5 NATO troops killed in Afghan helicopter crash

5 NATO Troops Die In Afghanistan Helicopter Crash

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Five NATO troops died in a helicopter crash Saturday in southern Afghanistan, the U.S.-led military coalition said, the single deadliest day this year for foreign forces as they prepare to withdraw from the country.

The Taliban claimed to have shot down the helicopter, which an Afghan official said crashed in the southern province of Kandahar.

The coalition said it was investigating the circumstances of the crash but gave no other information in a brief statement. It did not release the nationalities of those killed, citing its policy that home countries should identify their dead.

Kandahar provincial police spokesman Zia Durrani said the helicopter went down in the province's Takhta Pul district in the southeast, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the Pakistani border. He said five international troops were killed but did not know what caused the crash.

A Taliban spokesman claimed in a text message to journalists that the insurgents shot down the aircraft.

"Today, the mujahedeen hit the foreign forces' helicopter with a rocket, and 12 soldiers on board were killed," Qari Yousef Ahmadi said. The insurgents frequently exaggerate death tolls in their attacks and falsely have claimed responsibility for incidents before.

The last deadliest day for coalition forces was Dec. 17, 2013, when a helicopter crash killed six U.S. service members.

Saturday's deaths bring to seven the number of international troops killed this month. The NATO force is preparing to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan at the end of this year, and it has already turned over the job of fighting the Taliban insurgency to the Afghan army and police.

Violence has increased in Afghanistan ahead of the NATO withdrawal and also in the weeks leading up to the country's April 5 election. Preliminary results of the vote are due later Saturday.

Also Saturday, an Afghan university official identified two Americans killed in a shooting at a Kabul hospital earlier this week.

The vice chancellor of Kabul University, Mohammad Hadi Hadayati, named the two as health clinic administrator Jon Gabel and his visiting father, Gary.

Hadayati said that Jon Gabel's wife was wounded in the attack Thursday saw that an Afghan police security guard open fire as the family entered the grounds of Cure International Hospital.

The Gabel family was visiting pediatrician Dr. Jerry Umanos of Chicago, who was also killed in the shooting.

Hadayati said Jon Gabel ran a clinic at the university providing low-cost medicine and also volunteered to teach computer classes.

He said Gabel worked with U.S. charity Morning Star Development.

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Associated Press writers Mirwais Khan in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and Kay Johnson contributed to this report.

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LilAnnie2012 April 27 2014 at 1:57 AM

Why can't the idiots on Capitol Hill, namely our so-called government bring our troops home and let them fight their own fight? Our men and women shouldn't have to die for a country we have no connection to! Let them come home in one piece and we'll fight our fights when we have to!!! Let other countries find other allies!!! Why does the US have to get into every damn war in every other damn country? If they threaten us, we'll ALL fight!!!

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almazstmp April 26 2014 at 6:48 PM

What is the only Afghanistan natural resource?
Dust.

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mscttf almazstmp April 26 2014 at 9:01 PM

Use Webster Comprehensive Dictionary look up ( PHYSIOCRACY) . In this case what it grows. Poppy !

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aljoramaggio mscttf April 27 2014 at 1:39 AM

Then leave them to their opium dens , mud huts, and dust.
Nothing will change, and all the good we try to do, to help them - build hospitals, schools, or train a local police force, only lasts but a short time, after we are gone, in tribal societies.
They go right back to one tribe fighting another.
It is all they know, for there is no such thing as the concept of Nationhood.
It's where your family comes from, who they are related to, and which old grudges can be resurrected to keep the raw wounds of enmity alive.

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Edward J Cox April 26 2014 at 6:27 PM

Leave this countr and let them fall back to ignorance they desire. We are simply wasting money and lives. Should they mount or attempt to mount another attack beyond their borders simply bomb them to oblivion. There is no sense in our continued presence... Perhaps Pakistan might then finsih the job...

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HEY BOB Edward J Cox April 26 2014 at 7:51 PM

to ed cox...being a vietnam vet,i couldent agree more with what youve written,personally id like to blow the **** outta em..nuff said
bob louis

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lgvxl42 April 26 2014 at 4:49 PM

............Spray down those poppy fields, shoot Karzai, & get our troops out of that barren Neanderthal country!!!...............PS..Take our money & aid too!

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cpenrod April 26 2014 at 4:44 PM

The British, nor the Soviets could defeat them. History repeatung itself. What's so difficult to understand?

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hatpillbill April 26 2014 at 4:38 PM

I'll say it again, let's get the hell out of afganistam. Let them kill each other and not our troops.

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Linda hatpillbill April 26 2014 at 4:53 PM

yes i pray everyday for that...i have a 25 year old grandaughter and her husband there ....scared all the time

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tmspitrow hatpillbill April 26 2014 at 6:03 PM

I AGREE.
NOW TELL THE HARD HEADED THING IN THE WHITE HOUSE.
IF HE HIS WAY,MORE OF OUR TROUPS WILL BE SENT TO KOREA.
IT WAS A STINKING COUNTRY WHEN I WAS THERE AND I'LL BET IT STILL STINKS.
KEEP OUR TROUPS HOME.

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uh34d April 26 2014 at 4:36 PM

If there's a nation that will go hell in a hand basket when NATO leaves, it's Afghanistan. The reprisals by the Taliban and probably some members of AQ will be horrific. If the world thought the Afghan situation was bad before we arrived, it will be much worse this time around...a lot of scores to settle. The only people who will make out will be Kharzi and his cronies. They will leave the country and reside in splendor somewhere with all of the $$$'s they've stolen from the American taxpayer. Kerry's question 'who wants to be the last American to die' is as relevant today as it was 40+ years ago. Let's hope succeeding administrations don't go off half cocked and always looking for a fight somewhere on this planet. The past decade plus and our actions have not accrued to the benefit of the United States. This is lesson number 2, Nam being lesson number 1. Let's all hope we've learned our lesson about intervening in nations that not only do not want our help, but for the most part, the general population hates us. Hearts and minds doesn't work under such circumstances.

Condolences to the families and friends of all who were lost. They were all doing the most important job they are assigned...covering the backs of their fellow members in uniform.

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lgvxl42 uh34d April 26 2014 at 5:01 PM

...........Don't kid yourself. NATO has no bearing on that, backward, country. But, when we Americans pull out, then the animals will recoup it. When we pull out NATO will be racing to leave.

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stephanie April 26 2014 at 4:20 PM

All of Our People need to get out of there NOW OBAMA..not in a year. You haven't been listening clearly to us. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. ALL of Our Troops~ THE WAR IS OVER FOR US. AND HAS BEEN. GET EVERYBODY SAFELY OUT OF OTHER COUNTRIES, RIGHT NOW. THIS IS B.S.~

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charlesmis April 26 2014 at 3:57 PM

HOW ABOUT BRINGING ALL OUR TROOPS HOME, SUCH A WASTE OF AMERICAN BLOOD
LET THEM ALL KILL EACH OTHER

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caminante4 charlesmis April 26 2014 at 4:00 PM

Amen.

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Velocity105 April 26 2014 at 3:16 PM

Yeah that figures. Extremist religious groups who faithfully believe in Allah yet murder innocent civilians, soldiers and kids and carry out terrorist operations in efforts to purge all but muslims. Kill them all.

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caminante4 Velocity105 April 26 2014 at 4:02 PM

They will kill each other in the name of Allah.

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