Monday, 08 August 2011 14:34
KABUL - Thirty International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members, one civilian interpreter and seven Afghan commandos were killed when a coalition CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed in Afghanistan on Saturday, said a statement released by NATO.
All of the ISAF service members on board were from the U.S. The incident represents the highest number of U.S. forces killed during a single event since the war on terror began in Afghanistan in late 2001, the statement said.
"No words describe the sorrow we feel in the wake of this tragic loss," said U.S. General John R. Allen, the Commander of the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who are now waiting for their loved ones to return home. We will do everything in our power to support them in this time of need."
"We also mourn the loss of our heroic Afghan partners who fight with us shoulder to shoulder, every day," he added.
An investigation is underway to determine the exact cause of the crash. Additional details will be provided as they become available. (PNA/Xinhua)
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