A helicopter of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) crashed in the central province of Logar, killing two coalition personnel, the alliance said on Wednesday.
Without giving the exact location, the NATO-led force said in a brief statement that an investigation had been launched into the incident that resulted in two ISAF fatalities.
“We can confirm that an ISAF helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan this afternoon. As in all aircraft incidents, the details of the crash remain under investigation,” the IAF media office said.
The helicopter made an emergency landing during the a joint operation by Afghan and ISAF forces in the Taliban-dominated Babus area on the outskirts of Pul-i-Alam, the capital of Logar, the deputy police chief said.
Col. Rais Khan Sadiq, confirming the crash to Pajhwok Afghan News, would not comment on Taliban’s claim that they had shot down the chopper. He said that several insurgents suffered casualties in the operation.
A resident of the area, Ahmad Javed, said two helicopters of foreign troops crashed and caught fire in the area. Afghan and NATO soldiers ringed the area during the ongoing operation, he added.
Earlier in the day, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the fighter had shot down two NATO helicopters, killing several Afghan and foreign soldiers on board.
It should be mentioned as it is stated in Antiwar.com that the NATO officials would not confirm the cause of the crash, saying it is under investigation..
“Sometimes these things take weeks to determine the actual cause,” Maj. Adam Wojack of the International Security Assistance Force said.
Another NATO helicopter crashed near Kandahar less than a week ago, killing two Australian troops, plus one on Aug. 26, described by ISAF as a “hard landing.”
These latest US casualties bring the number of soldiers killed in the failed war in Afghanistan to 2,112, and somehow the Democrats are getting away with describing Obama’s policy in Afghanistan as one of “ending the war.”
David Rothkopf, CEO and editor at large of Foreign Policy magazine, has written that President Obama was reluctant to recommit to the Afghan war with a surge in troopsfrom the beginning, but that he did it anyways because he “could not afford to look weak” or “come under political attack from the right.” So, thousands of coalition soldiers and tens of thousands of Afghans have been killed because Obama was afraid to be called a wimp.
Source: Pajhwok & Agencies