07 Aug '11, 3am

38 dead as Afghan Taliban down US chopper

PULI ALAM, Afghanistan: Thirty US troops including special forces died when the Taliban shot down their helicopter, officials said, in the biggest single loss for foreign troops in the decade-long war. Seven Afghan special forces and an interpreter were also among the dead late Friday when a rocket fired by Taliban rebels hit their Chinook as it began to take off after a firefight in Wardak province, southwest of the capital Kabul. The crash followed a night raid that a witness said targeted a Taliban commander's home -- a key strategy by US-led forces as they seek to end the war, but one repeatedly criticised by the Afghan president for causing civilian deaths. US President Barack Obama paid tribute to those who died and said the incident was a reminder of the "extraordinary sacrifices" made by the men and women of the military and their families. Defence Secretary Leon P...

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