9 NATO troops killed in Afghan helicopter crash

A crew chief looks out the open back of a U.S. Army Chinook helicopter Sept. 11 over Zhari district, southern Afghanistan. Nine service members with the international coalition in Afghanistan died today after their helicopter crashed in southern Zabul province where troops are ramping up pressure on Taliban insurgents.

KABUL, Afghanistan — A NATO helicopter crashed today in southern Afghanistan, killing nine international troops in a region where forces are ramping up pressure on Taliban insurgents. It was the deadliest chopper crash for the coalition in four years.

A “large number” of Americans were among those who died, according to a senior military official in Washington, who spoke on condition of anonymity because not all relatives had been notified. He said it remained unclear whether troops of other nationalities were among the fatalities.

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