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.
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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