Mon, Dec 05, 2005
Soldiers Injured; Seven Helicopters Downed This Year
The US military now reports it was enemy fire that brought
down two CH-47 Chinook helicopters in separate incidents in
Afghanistan Sunday. Five US and one Afghan soldier were injured in
the two downings.
Both helicopters had been involved in combat ops against "enemy
forces," according to the statement released to the BBC. The
Chinook (file photo of type, above) carrying the five US soldiers
made a hard landing after the incident north of Kandahar, while the
Afghan soldier was in a second Chinook that came under fire in
None of the injuries are serious, according to the
The incidents were the sixth and seventh helicopters downed in
Afghanistan this year, either by hostile fire or in accidents. Most
recently, a Chinook was shot down by militants in the eastern Kunar
province. Sixteen military personnel died in the ensuing crash.
A man claiming to speak for the ousted Taliban said Sunday its
supporters had shot down the helicopter in Kandahar.
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