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11 Dead in Afghanistan Helicopter Crash

11 Dead in Afghanistan Helicopter Crash

A helicopter crash in Afghanistan has killed 11 people, including seven U.S. soldiers, according to NATO. The Taliban claimed responsibility for shooting the helicopter down, but coalition forces say they are still investigating the incident.

The other casualties in the crash included three Afghan soldiers and a civilian interpreter.

Jamie Graybeal, a spokesperson for the NATO-led military alliance, said the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crashed in the south of the nation. He did not give details about the soldiers’ mission.

Qari Yousef Ahmadi, a spokesperson for the Taliban, said that the helicopter was shot down over Kandahar province on Thursday morning. The coalition did not comment on the Taliban’s claims, and did not indicate what caused the helicopter to crash.

The ongoing war in Afghanistan has killed nearly 2,000 U.S. troops and about 13,000 Afghan civilians in its 11 year run. Begun in response to the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, the war quickly succeeded in ousting the Taliban-led government that had been harboring al-Qaeda. But the war has ground on, as bringing stability to the fractious nation has proven difficult. President Barack Obama and NATO have said they plan to withdraw troops by the end of 2014.

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12:03AM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

How sad. RIP to those 11.

9:00AM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

Michael, if you had bothered to read my entire comment instead of just having a knee-jerk reaction, I stated: Personally, I do not believe the US should have invaded Iraq or Afghanistan. But this article tells of 11 families who are now mourning their dead.

Keyword there: INVADED. Kinda dispels your belief that I bought into any of W's lies. My compassion is for the families and loved ones, both US and Afghani, who have lost fathers/sons/brothers, in this crash.

8:34AM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

Teresa, Teresa, Teresa, What seems to be your problem this time. Care2 was not designed for mere FOOLS, but for people who are still able to think, independently.

It is my responsibility to abandon these murderous fools, is not to say that our hearts are full of hate, nor that of anger. I happen to choose to live in the real world, not one of a phony patriot, it appears that you bought those many lines that GeoBush shoved down your throat for those torturous 8 years of his illegal occupation of the White House.

I would bet that your favorite Bush saying is, "If you are not for the war on Terrorism, you are for the Terrorist."

My personal favorite goes like this, to quote GeoBush, "There are people around the world that would destroy America, strip you of your rights, and so are we, in the US Government.

Or perhaps the answer lies here..."America would be a lot easier to run if it were a dictatorship." GeoBush.


What a patriot. What a American, but wait is that your view of America. You must come to know your shame.

3:00PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

NATO will say it was a technical failure, of course, whatever the truth, which we don't yet know.

In the meantime, how many more people have to die in the USI's corporate, Zionist Imperialist wars? What a tragedy for all concerned. I'm sorry they died. I'm sorry that innocent Afghans are dying on a daily basis.

2:43PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Bravo Sierra, Michael. I am definitely NOT far removed, lol. I pity you that you feel so much anger and hate, in addition to lack of compassion for any family -- Afghan, US, ANY -- who are now mourning the loss of their loved ones. You're a Displaced Person for a site called CARE2.

2:18PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Continued from below:

As for those people, to which I am to show my compassion, they were murderers, with each passing day, you and your Government pay to have them kill. They do not deserve our compassion, they deserve our scorn. Yes, our scorn, for being cowards, for their actions against humanity, for shaming America and those who have long opposed their actions.

"After all, murder is murder, ESPECIALLY when it is conducted in the name of PEACE."

12:17PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Thanks Mike C, Words, nearly, well spoken, but remember, Obummer didn't get us into this war, one, to which we cannot win. The Soviets tried and they, too, failed, we shall fail as well, actually, we are already there, we are too cowardly to admit it or maybe, we have not killed enough.

Teresa, I sounds like you are so far away...could it be that you are currently serving in the Peace Corp. I have NO compassion for any American in uniform, their sole mission statement is to bring suffering and sorrow to a people that had NEVER done any harm to America or its citizens.

If they had invaded your home, your land, I would be the first to say, fight, but this is not the truth. The truth lies in the fact that each and everyone of us shares in the guilt, the guilt of doing nothing but to speak empty words about compassion.

In the end, these American Killers will be forced to flee, just as we fled Vietnam and they will wet themselves with their own blood.

Teresa, What you have witnessed here is a group of people who are attempting to oust an invader, one who chose an illegal route to go to war and later, declared it a righteous and lawful act in the name of Peace.

As for those people, to which I am to show my compassion, they were murderers, with each passing day, you and your Government pay to have them kill. They do not deserve our compassion, they deserve our scorn. Yes, our scorn, for being cowards, for their actions against humanity, for shaming America and those

11:06AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

"I am sorry to see that 4 Afghani's died, maybe now, those sorry, paid killers, those Americans will pickup their dead and return to the US.

After all, murder is murder, especially when it is conducted in the name of PEACE."


That comment is absolutely disgusting in its lack of compassion. Personally, I do not believe the US should have invaded Iraq or Afghanistan. But this article tells of 11 families who are now mourning their dead. You're right..murder is murder. There's no "especially when" attached to it. The Afghanis who were MURDERED in this crash aren't more dead than the Americans. 11 people have been killed. MURDERED, actually. Put away your political views for a short time and try to show compassion to ALL that were murdered.



10:26AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

this is clearly obama's war, another one of his failures. He can't blame Bush as obama has had time to get us out.


9:53AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Americans that complain about Obamacare have they ever applied themselves to the cost of future care needed for the Veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq, their physical and mental trauma - and for what gain by anyone? A Republican President wanted to look tough and condemned so many of his fellow Americans to suffer ... and other countries young people that had by treaties or diplomatic honour to back him.

His party doesn't want Obamacare type care but what are they going to have in place post 2014 to care for the ongoing care over the next 40+ years for these and, someone in another article Comment, gave a figure of 15 - 30 million people that will come into health care with Obama's scheme - that should have availability of healthcare in a civilised society.

And then there are all those roads and bridges and schools that need repair and upgrading once so much money is not siphoned off for war .....

Just what did G.W Bush and his Generals' plan bring? ...Aided by Blair's wish for (in)fame.

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