NATO officials say that six of their soldiers were killed today in southern Afghanistan when a helicopter was downed in Helmand. The soldiers were later revealed to be US Marines. There was no indication of any of enemies in the area and the cause of the crash was unknown, NATO said.
A Taliban spokesman claimed credit, saying they had shot down the helicopter. US officials deny that this is the case.
It is the second NATO helicopter lost this week; another was downed in Helmand Province. The Taliban claimed credit for that one as well, though NATO declined to confirm this and Afghan officials speculated it was “technical problems.”
The US Marine Corps says that he six were members of the Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, based out of Hawaii.
13 thoughts on “Helicopter Downed in Afghanistan, Six US Marines Killed”
Another six bite the dust
"nother six bite the dust
'nother chopper down, 'nother chopper down
'nother six bite the dust.
The hajis are gonna get you too
And you'll bite the dust.
The reason for helicopter downings is always blamed on weather, mechanical or some other lie..never is it admitted that it was shot down unless many witness's actually see the event..This lie goes all the way back to the vietnam war..
The " no enemy in the area" story is laughable and yet repeated over and over again…
Just out: All KIA were 6 US marines.
Maybe some effective shoulder-fired AA weapons finally found their way to Afghanistan…possibly blowback from the Empire's war against Libya or their covert war against Iran or their war on Africa or their war on one of the other multitudes of victims over the years.
Whenever an emperial airship goes down a spokesperson is always quick to claim that it went down due to anything but enemy fire. I wonder if it makes the families of the dead feel better to know their loved one died because of mechanical failure.
In the initual stages of the Cold War, the US supplied Soviet SA-7 Igla shoulder fired anti-aircraft systems obtained from battlefield pickups during the Arab-Israeli War, and later supplied them with FIM-92 Stinger systems. The SA-7s were unreliable due to expired batteries but the Stingers scored an enviable success rate against Soviet aircraft. Isn't it reasonable, therefore to expect that the Taliban would have residual inventory to deploy against the US/ISAF/NATO aircraft that are bombing and killing scores of Afghans around the country?
yes indeed the Afghans have learned and are enjoying their newly taught skills, they say thanks NATO
Those 6 signed up voluntarily. They took the risk. Now they're paying the consequences. Let that be a reminder to other young men who are tempted to succomb to the lure of "adventure", or "fighting for your country", and other such nonsense.
When do people wake up and decide not to be pawns and cannon fodder for corrupt, lying, thieving, murdering politicians?
Oh, well…sh*t does happen.
We never got a lot of television coverage of shot-up helicopters at the beginning of the Vietnam adventure, either- but they were being shot out of the sky every day.
Kind of sad that America isn't even allowed to see footage of the war as it is, instead of the sanitized Dancing With The Stars version we get spoon-fed to us. War is indeed hell, and it's not very romantic or pretty.
Some good news at last, more of the same please
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