Two US service members killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan

Two U.S. service members were killed in a helicopter crash Wednesday in Afghanistan, according to a statement from U.S. Forces Afghanistan.

“Preliminary reports do not indicate it was caused by enemy fire,” the statement said.

Neither service member was identified, pending family notification.

The cause of the crash in under investigation.

The Taliban claimed to have shot down a Chinook helicopter in the district, in a message on WhatsApp, according to DPA. The Taliban regularly claims responsibility for such helicopter and drone crashes without supporting evidence.

These are the first U.S. military deaths reported in Afghanistan since Sept. 16, when Army Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Griffin, 41, was killed by small-arms fire while engaged in combat operations in central Wardak province. The special forces communications sergeant was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

This story will be updated.


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