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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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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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dajt666 April 26 2014 at 5:00 PM

the only good thing the Taliban did was end poppy production. after America got there production ramped up to record levels. now we have a heroin problem in America. but of course that has nothing to do with Afghanistan! wink wink!!!

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bwanabedar dajt666 April 26 2014 at 5:22 PM

It also has nothing to do with fact.

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dajt666 bwanabedar April 26 2014 at 5:48 PM

2 reasons for you to say that. one, you are uninformed. 2, you know it is true.

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conarlina dajt666 April 26 2014 at 6:31 PM

The Taliban is directly funded by Poppy production. You have your history a little mixed up, this is common amongst pathetic little left leaning trolls like yourself. The Taliban was born as a religious movement after the soviets pulled out. The Pakistani ISI (intelligence service) funded and trained the movement in Afghanistan to ensure there would not be a pro soviet state or a pro Western state on its boarder with Afghanistan. When Afghanistan began its own civil war. The Taliban won the war and the northern alliance retreated to the mountains were we found them in 2001. Contrary to your information the Pro Western Northern Alliance has fought along side NATO to destroy the Poppy crops, not because Europe and the US have a drug problems. More because it generates billions of dollars a year for one of the most radical and violent governments in modern times. I hope your not an American, at least I could understand the hatred and skewed facts. If you are an American; you are lower than whale shite and you have no idea what you are talking about. At least before you spit on the US military or any nation who fought only to free these people from barbaric rulers who were so radical; a person caught listening to music on the radio would go prison or be executed, a father could legally kill his daughters if he believed his honor is at stake, Afghan men prefered having sex with boys (7-16ish). This was not actually considered rape when the Taliban ruled, it was called " culture" until 2001!! Not for the oil, diamonds, drugs or land as people like you imply. For people like you that feel so strongly about this crime the US committed. You owe it to yourselves to take a stand with the way you feel (Instead of hiding behind your computer) and go to the Taliban with your mutual hatred for us and embed yourselves in this wholesome community we robbed from them. Believe me, they would love to have you.

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dajt666 conarlina April 26 2014 at 6:57 PM

oh no, dont go there. you are flat out lying. under the Taliban poppy production was eradicated. your vain attempt at revisionist history is false. lately, since we have increased poppy production in Afghanistan I have heard the futile efforts at spin on the radio. type all you want you will not erase history/reality. shame on you and the cowards you are defending. you are a traitor.

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dajt666 April 26 2014 at 4:58 PM

interesting this story is even released. it sure is hidden. glad I stumbled across it. what a waste of life for money for someone who will never ever go there.

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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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