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Helicopter Crashes Afghanistan

August 7, 2011 by USA Post 

Helicopter Crashes AfghanistanHelicopter Crashes Afghanistan, Four NATO soldiers were killed Sunday in two separate insurgent attacks in Afghanistan, the force said, little more than a day after 30 U.S. soldiers died in a helicopter crash.

Two were killed in an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan and two others in a similar attack in the east, the International Security Assistance Force for Security in a statement.

The ISAF did not provide details including the exact location where the troops were killed, and the release of their nationality, following its policy of leaving the announcement to their respective nations.

The new deaths following a helicopter crash that killed 30 soldiers from U.S. Special Operations and seven of their Afghan colleagues in Wardak, a troubled region near the capital Kabul.

The latest deaths bring to 383 the number of foreign soldiers killed so far this year, against 711 for the whole of last year, according to the independent icasualties.org website.

The force said it was investigating the causes of the fatal accident after local officials and the Afghan army said the Taliban knocked him down. The militants have said they shot down the Chinook helicopter in a rocket attack.

Afghanistan is in the hands of a deadly insurgency launched in late 2001 by the remnants of the Taliban, whose regime was ousted in a US-led invasion after the September 11.

There are tens of thousands of Westerners, most U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan to end the insurgency. U.S. has already begun to draw their troops in a process that will see the Afghan security forces to assume all security responsibilities of foreign forces in 2014.

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