16 Sep '18, 12am

Taliban claims to shoot down Afghan military helicopter

The Taliban claimed it shot down an Afghan military helicopter in the western province of Farah yesterday. Afghan officials denied the helicopter was shot – and instead claimed it crashed due to a mechanical failure. Regardless, the Afghan military was unable to secure the crash site and recover the five soldiers on-board for at least 10 hours after the helicopter went down. Afghan officials confirmed that the helicopter crashed at about 9 p.m. local time on Sept. 14 in the district of Khaki Safid in Farah, according to TOLONews . A spokesman for the governor of Farah province said that the helicopter “crashed due to a technical issue, not due to Taliban fire,” Reuters reported . A segment of the Taliban video of crash site. Note how casually Taliban fighters are walking around the scene at least 10 hours after the crash. Afghan military couldn’t or wouldn’t secure the cra...

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