Monday, December 19, 2011

Taliban Claim Downing US Military Chopper

Taliban claim downing US chopper

Mon Dec 19, 2011 3:22PM GMT

Taliban militants say they have brought down a US chopper in Afghanistan

Taliban militants claim that they have shot down a US-led chopper operated by NATO in war-torn Afghanistan's troubled south.

According to a spokesman for the militants, the US helicopter was brought down in Zabul Province when it was trying to rescue crew members of another helicopter that had crashed nearby.

The militants also say that a number of US soldiers have also been killed in the incidents.

The report has not yet been confirmed by Afghan or US officials.

The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 under the pretext of eradicating the Taliban militant group, but its failure has forced Washington to turn to negotiation with militants.

NATO has acknowledged the growing power of militants in Afghanistan despite the presence of nearly 150,000 US-led forces in the country.

The rising death toll of US-led foreign forces in Afghanistan has also prompted growing opposition to the Afghan war in NATO member states and other countries that have contributed troops to the military occupation.

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