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Air strike kills Taliban responsible for chopper attack

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-08-10

A NATO-led air strike has killed the Taliban fighters responsible for downing a US helicopter that resulted in the deaths of 38 American and coalition troops, a US commander said Wednesday.

REUTERS - An air strike by NATO-led forces in Afghanistan killed Taliban fighters, including a local leader, who were responsible for a weekend helicopter crash that killed 38 troops, the worst single incident in 10 years of war.

“The strike killed Taliban leader Mullah Mohibullah and the insurgent who fired the shot associated with the Aug. 6 downing of the CH-47 helicopter, which resulted in the deaths of 38 Afghan and coalition service members,” the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.

The statement did not say explicitly that the Taliban fighters had shot the helicopter down, although it was the clearest indication yet that was the likely cause.

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan also announced the same news.

“We dealt with them in a kinetic strike,” General John Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, told reporters at the Pentagon.
 

Date created : 2011-08-10

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