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World Two U.S. service members in Afghanistan are killed in a helicopter crash

05:15  21 november  2019
05:15  21 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Two U . S . service members were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Wednesday. There are still 13,000 U . S . troops in Afghanistan , most of them involved in a mission to train, advise and assist Afghan security forces in their fight against the Taliban and the ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan .

KABUL (Reuters) - Two United States service members were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the U . S . military said in a statement. The crash comes a day after the Taliban swapped two Western hostages for three of its commanders held by the Afghan government

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Two American service members were killed on Wednesday when their helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan while supporting combat operations, according to the U.S. military.

The military said the fatalities brought to 19 the number of U.S. combat deaths in Afghanistan this year, adding that the crash is under investigation.

The Taliban said the helicopter was shot down as Afghan and U.S. forces were preparing to launch an attack in the area, according to a statement from Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman. The statement identified the helicopter as a Chinook, but Fawad Aman, the Afghan Defense Ministry deputy spokesman, said it was a smaller combat helicopter.

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Two United States service members were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the U . S . military said in a statement. "The cause of the crash is under investigation, however preliminary reports do not indicate it was caused by enemy fire," the statement said.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two U . S . service members were killed on Wednesday when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan , the U . S . military said without The statement said the cause of the crash is under investigation but that preliminary reports do not indicate it was caused by enemy fire.

A lawmaker from Logar province said the crash occurred near an American outpost in the province. The helicopter “hit a mountainous area, and we understand that it occurred five kilometres away from a U.S. base,” Mohammed Asif said.

Nineteen service members have been killed this year by hostile forces, surpassing the total of 13 who were killed in 2018. About 2,400 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001. A U.S. Special Forces soldier was killed by small-arms fire in eastern Afghanistan on Sept. 16. Earlier that month, a suicide bombing in Kabul killed another service member, and the attack prompted President Trump to break off talks with the Taliban.

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Two United States service members were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the U . S . military said in a statement. The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for downing the helicopter , which it said crashed in Logar province south of the capital Kabul.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, however preliminary reports do not indicate it was caused by enemy fire. It added further that in accordance with U . S . Department of Defense policy, the names of the service members killed in action are being withheld until 24 hours after notification

On Tuesday, an American and an Australian were freed from Taliban custody, and the Afghan government released three high-profile militants linked to the Taliban.

Over the past year, the United States reduced its troop strength unilaterally, cutting 2,000 troops and bringing the total number of American troops in Afghanistan down to about 13,000.

In a draft of the peace deal between the United States and the Taliban, U.S. troop levels were set to decline to 8,600, down from 100,000 in 2011.

If talks do restart in the wake of the prisoner exchange, it is unclear whether the two sides will return to the agreement reached in September.

While the role of the U.S. military in Afghanistan has been described by the Afghan government as mentoring or training, security forces still rely heavily on American support to carry out operations, according to a Pentagon study released in June.

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Two U . S . service members were killed on Wednesday when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan , the U . S . military said without providing more details. The statement said the cause of the crash is under investigation but that preliminary reports do not indicate it was caused by enemy fire.

Two American service members were killed in a helicopter crash Wednesday in Afghanistan , the U . S . military said without providing further details. 16 and Wednesday' s crash comes amid signs the U . S ., Taliban and Afghan government are trying to restart peace talks after President Donald Trump

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