NATO Copter Makes Forced Landing In Afghanistan


Salon Staff
December 24, 2011 8:00PM (UTC)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO says one of its helicopters has made a forced landing in southern Afghanistan after taking ground fire.

A statement says crew members were unharmed in Saturday's incident in Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand province. The chopper was later transported to a coalition base. It did not identify the exact type of aircraft or say to which country's military it belonged.

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The coalition relies heavily on helicopters to avoid using roads that are frequently mined by the insurgents.

The Taliban have few dedicated anti-aircraft weapons, but they have destroyed or damaged dozens of planes using automatic rifles and other infantry weapons. In August, the guerrillas shot down a U.S. Chinook transport, killing 30 U.S. special operation troops, a translator and seven Afghan commandos.


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