Deathly NATO helicopter crash in Afghanistan

This video from the USA is called Rethink Afghanistan War (Part 3): Cost of War.

From Associated Press:

NATO: Helicopter crash kills 9 service members in Afghanistan

DEB RIECHMANN | 09/21/10 02:32 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan — Nine service members with the international coalition in Afghanistan died Tuesday after their helicopter crashed in the volatile south where troops are ramping up pressure on Taliban insurgents.

One other coalition service member, an Afghan National Army soldier and a U.S. civilian were injured and taken to a military medical center for treatment, NATO said.

Though helicopters more regularly crash because of mechanical issues in Afghanistan, some have been brought down by insurgent fire.

However, NATO said in a statement, “There are no reports of enemy fire in the area.”

The deaths raise to 37 the number of international soldiers killed so far this month in Afghanistan, including at least 29 U.S. troops. …

Tuesday’s crash occurred in northwestern Zabul province, according to a NATO official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose the location of the crash. Mohammad Jan Rasoolyar, a spokesman for the provincial governor in Zabul, said the helicopter went down in Daychopan district.

It was the deadliest helicopter crash in Afghanistan in years.

A Chinook crashed in February 2007 in Zabul, killing eight U.S. personnel.

NATO source tells CBS all 9 troops killed in Afghan copter crash were Americans: here.

British troops withdrew from the blood-spattered streets of Sangin yesterday after a four-year deployment that has cost the lives of an unknown number of ordinary Afghans and over 100 soldiers: here.

3 thoughts on “Deathly NATO helicopter crash in Afghanistan

  1. Helicopter crash makes 2010 worst year of Afghan war


    KABUL, Sep 21 ( – A helicopter crash killed nine troops from the NATO-led force in Afghanistan’s south on Tuesday, making 2010 the deadliest year of the war for foreign troops just as attention turns to plans to start withdrawing them.

    Violence is at its worst across Afghanistan since the Taliban were ousted by US-backed Afghan forces in 2001, with military and civilian casualties at record levels.

    The crash came soon after one of the deadliest days of the year on Saturday, when the Taliban launched scores of attacks across the country in a bid to disrupt a parliamentary election.

    The election was being closely watched in Washington ahead of US President Barack Obama’s planned war strategy review in December, which will likely examine the pace and scale of US troop withdrawals after nine years of war.

    Obama’s Democrats also face difficult mid-term Congressional elections in November amid sagging public support for the war and record troop casualties in Afghanistan will likely only make their task harder.

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

    US 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 US 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 Last year, the previous deadliest of the war, 521 foreign troops were killed.

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


    Violence in recent months has soared to its highest levels since the Taliban were toppled by US-backed Afghan forces in late 2001.

    The Taliban have spread the insurgency out of their heartland in the south and east into once relatively peaceful areas in the north and west.

    At the same time, foreign troops have been increasing the reach and scale of operations to seek out the Taliban, especially in Helmand and Kandahar provinces in the south, and US commanders have warned of more tough times ahead.

    There are almost 150,000 foreign troops fighting a growing Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan, supporting about 300,000 Afghan security forces. Obama ordered in an extra 30,000 troops late last year, the last units of which arrived this month.

    Saturday’s flawed election, in which widespread fraud and violence were reported, has only underscored the challenges facing US and other NATO nations as they decide how long they will keep troops in Afghanistan.

    Afghanistan’s endemic corruption has long been a point of friction between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Western allies. Transparency Internation ranks Afghanistan as one of the world’s two most corrupt countries, ahead only of Somalia.

    Washington believes graft weakens the central government and its ability to build up institutions like the Afghan security forces, which in turn determines when troops will leave. Obama has pledged to start drawing down US forces from July 2011.

    Dutch troops ended their mission in August and several European and other nations are under growing public pressure to bring their troops home.

    Germany, the third-largest ISAF contributor with 4,400 soldiers, aims to start a pullout next year. Denmark hopes to withdraw many of its 700 troops by 2015 and Canada will pull out its nearly 3,000-strong force next year.

    Aircraft crashes are not infrequent in Afghanistan. In October 2009, two helicopter crashes killed 11 US soldiers and three US civilians.


  2. ‘Pakistan will always support the Taliban,’ reveals newly disclosed US govt document

    2010-09-21 14:20:00

    Some newly disclosed US government documents, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and recently posted on the website of the George Washington University National Security, have shed more light not only on early Taliban offers, but also on the role of Pakistan before and after the attacks.

    According to one of the recently released State Department documents, a Pakistani official told the US that “Pakistan ‘will always support the Taliban’,” reports.

    This “policy cannot change, he continued; it would prompt rebellion across the Northwest Frontier Provinces, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, and indeed on both sides of the Pashtun-dominated Pak-Afghan border.”

    US’ talks with the Taliban, prior to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, were also revealed in a document, including talks with regard to the repeated Taliban offers to hand over Osama bin Laden to America.

    The U.S. was urged to “find a way to compromise with the Taliban”, and possible “ways that the U.S. and the Taliban might use to break the impasse” were suggested, including “the possibility of a trial in a third (Muslim) country”, “U.S. assurances that bin Laden would not face the death penalty”, and “a U.S. outline of what the Taliban would gain from extradition of bin Laden,” but the “State Department officials refused to soften their demand that bin Laden face trial in the U.S. justice system.”

    A newly released document dated August 30, 2001 shows that Pakistan was continuing to urge the US “to maintain open channels to the Taliban.” Pakistani officials denied that their support for the Taliban included military assistance; and when asked, “why Pakistan supports the Taliban”, an official replied, “We don’t support but inter-act with the Taliban.”

    Pressed further on why Pakistan continued “to give the Taliban international diplomatic support and to press the United States’ government (USG) to engage with the Taliban,” the Pakistani officials “reiterated that the Taliban are the effective rulers of at least 90 percent of Afghanistan, that they enjoy significant popular support because they ended the banditry and anarchy that once bedevilled the country, and that the instant success of the opium poppy production ban underscored … the reality and effectiveness of Taliban authority.” (ANI)


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