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A US Chinook helicopter crashed west of the city of Asadabad during an anti-guerrilla operation in eastern Afghanistan overnight and the status of those aboard was not immediately known, the US military said.
The twin-rotor helicopter was transporting troops into an area in support of US forces, the military said in a statement.
"The cause of the crash and status of survivors is unknown at this time," it said.
The cause of the crash was not known, nor was the fate of the passengers. A Chinook helicopter can carry up to 54 passengers plus a crew of four.
The military said the aircraft had been participating in an anti-guerrilla operation.
A U.S. CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter crashed Tuesday while flying troops into eastern Afghanistan, and the fate of those on board was not immediately known, the military said.
Our boys in the field need that V-22 Osprey...these Chinooks are way too old for combat operations
Originally posted by SportyMB
The V-22 (at this time) is still being "tested" at Pax river Maryland. Yeah, it's much safer than it used to be....but some aspects are still in the expiermental stage.
"Reports indicate between 15 and 20 were aboard," said the official.
There was no immediate indication of the fate of the passengers or the cause of the crash, according to the U.S. military.
Provincial Gov. Asadullah Wafa told The Associated Press that the Taliban hit the aircraft with a rocket. He gave no other details.
KABUL (Reuters) - A U.S. military helicopter that crashed during an anti-guerrilla mission in eastern Afghanistan may have been shot down and the fate of 17 U.S. troops aboard is not immediately known, the U.S. military said on Wednesday.
Initial reports indicated Tuesday's crash in Kunar province, which borders Pakistan, may have been caused by hostile fire in the operation against al Qaeda militants, the military said.
The twin-rotor CH-47 Chinook came down in remote and mountainous terrain west of Kunar's capital Asadabad, U.S. spokeswoman Lieutenant Cindy Moore said.
Kunar Governor Asadullah Wafa said it was hit by a rocket and a spokesman for the Taliban, Abdul Latif Hakimi, claimed the guerrillas shot down the aircraft in the village of Shorak using "a new type of weapon" he did not describe.
"We presume that all were lost," the official, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters when asked if all of those aboard -- including elite U.S. Seals Special Operations troops -- had apparently been killed in the crash.
The official repeated statements by the U.S. military that the CH-47 Chinook helicopter was believed to have been hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in mountainous terrain near the border with Pakistan.
The twin-rotor Chinook crashed in remote and mountainous Kunar province on Tuesday afternoon while bringing troops to reinforce soldiers on the ground carrying out an anti-al Qaeda operation, according to the U.S. military in Afghanistan.
Many of the 17 service members on the MH-47, a variant of the Army's twin-rotor Chinook transport, were believed to be members of various special forces units known as a QRF -- a quick response force -- which moves in under fire to either extract troops on the ground or reinforce them.
The U.S. military said the aircraft had been taking part in "Operation Red Wing," aimed at defeating al Qaeda militants carrying out harassing attacks and gathering intelligence, Reuters reported.
Afghan officials claim the infiltration of rebels from neighboring Pakistan has contributed to the rise in violence and have urged Islamabad to crack down on militants there.
Pakistan vehemently denies there is any official sanctioning of the infiltration.
On Sunday, Afghan intelligence agents stopped a plot by three Pakistanis to assassinate Zalmay Khalilzad, the departing U.S. ambassador.
LAHORE, Pakistan, June 29 (UPI) -- The Pakistani government has freed 45 nationals who spent nine months in detention after they had been repatriated from jails in Afghanistan.
The Pakistani nationals had been caught in Afghanistan in late 2001 while fighting with the Taliban against U.S. forces. They were released Tuesday from the main jail in Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, Radio Australia reported Wednesday.
All of the released prisoners had left their homes to wage jihad against the U.S. forces in neighboring Afghanistan. They were all in their 20s and a majority of them were bearded, Pakistani site The News International reported.
Officials said a further 40 prisoners will be released later this week.
Rescuers have reached the wreckage of a helicopter that crashed under fire in Afghanistan, but the fate of 17 personnel on board remains unknown, the US military said today.
The Taliban, ousted from power by US-led forces in 2001, said they shot down the specially-modified Chinook as it tried to disembark on Tuesday west of Asadabad, a town in the insurgency-plagued eastern province of Kunar.
"Coalition forces have secured the site where a helicopter crashed June 28 and are currently assessing the cause of the crash and the status of the 17 service members who were on board the MH-47 helicopter," a US military statement said.
US military officials in Afghanistan say 13 bodies have been recovered from the site where one of their Chinook helicopters crashed on Tuesday.
Another seven soldiers are unaccounted for, some of them soldiers who were fighting on the ground.
The Taleban say they shot the Chinook down. The US concedes that "hostile fire" may have been the cause.
US forces are searching for soldiers who are still missing in Afghanistan three days after a helicopter was shot down on a mission to support them.
The US military has reason to hope the soldiers have not been killed or captured, the BBC's Andrew North says.
The Taleban say they shot down the aircraft, which was carrying troops to help a reconnaissance unit in the area.
Military officials told our correspondent, who is at the main US base in eastern Afghanistan, they had "several indications" that the troops on the ground were still alive, but they would not say what those indications were.
They also refused to say why the unit had not yet been brought to safety.
One member of a U.S. special operations reconnaissance team missing in Afghanistan since Tuesday has been rescued, a U.S. official speaking on condition of anonymity told CNN.
The team member "evaded the enemy and was successfully rescued by U.S. forces," the official said.
No other details are being released because the search for other missing members of the team continues, the official said.
A military helicopter crashed Tuesday while bringing reinforcements to the team, killing all 16 service members aboard.
The U.S. military believes the chopper was downed by a rocket-propelled grenade.
A second American soldier missing in Afghanistan after a special forces helicopter was shot down last week has been located, a provincial governor said today.
The governor of Kunar province, where a team of US troops went missing last Tuesday, said Afghan forces received information that a wounded American was being treated by villagers in a remote mountainous part of the province.
The soldier was in the same area as that where a US helicopter sent to rescue troops operating there was shot down on Tuesday, killing all 16 US Special Forces soldiers aboard.
US military spokesmen in Kabul have declined to confirm reports quoting unidentified Pentagon officials as saying one missing Special Forces soldier was rescued on Saturday after evading militants for five days.