NATO troops killed in Afghan helicopter crash

A helicopter crash killed nine troops from the NATO-led force in Afghanistan's south on Tuesday, making 2010 the deadliest year of the invasion for foreign troops.

NATO troops killed in Afghan helicopter crash

A helicopter crash killed nine troops from the NATO-led force in Afghanistan's south on Tuesday, making 2010 the deadliest year of the invasion for foreign troops.

Few details were immediately available about the crash in Afghanistan's south, the heartland of the Taliban.

U.S. and British troops form the largest contingents in the area. However, there was no immediate indication of the nationality of the dead troops and a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said more information would be released later.

"There are no reports of enemy fire in the area," ISAF said.

One ISAF service member, an Afghan soldier and a U.S. civilian were wounded in the crash and were taken to hospital for treatment, ISAF said in a statement.

The deaths take the toll so far in 2010 to at least 529, according to monitoring website iCasualties.org. Last year, the previous deadliest of the war, 521 foreign troops were killed.

At least 2,097 foreign troops have been killed since the invasion began, about 60 percent of them American.


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Last Mod: 21 Eylül 2010, 16:45
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