A total of 14 Americans were killed have been killed after three helicopters crashed in Afghanistan. This has been the deadliest day of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan in more than four years. News of the deaths came as President Obama prepared for the sixth conference to discuss the future of the war with his national security team.
There were 10 Americans killed in the first crash along with seven other troops and three drug enforcement agents. There were also eleven soldiers, one civilian and 14 Afghans inured during the attack. In another incident, two American helicopters holding soldiers collided with each other killing four, and injuring two. It was the heaviest single-day loss of life since June 28, 2005, when 16 U.S. troops on a special forces helicopter died while they were shot down buy insurgents. These events also marked the first ever D.E.A. officer deaths since the project began in 2005.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yusuf Ahmedi claimed Taliban fighters shot down a helicopter in the northwest, but it was impossible to verify the claim and it was unclear if he was referring to the same incident. The Obama administration is currently in debating as to whether they should send 10,000 additional troops to try and keep a hold over a November 7th runoff election between President Hamid Karzai and challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, after it was determined that the August election was based on fraudulent votes.
(Via The Huffington Post)