At least 37 people are dead after insurgents shot down a NATO helicopter in eastern Afghanistan overnight, The New York Times reported. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
The office of the president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, described the troops killed as special forces, though their nationalities were not immediately available. An anonymous Afghan military official told The Times that the majority dead were NATO forces. A NATO spokesman confirmed the crash but declined to provide further information to The Times.
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The attack on the Chinook helicopter occurred in the Tangi valley of the Wardak province. Americans have been carrying out the majority of the operations in the area.
A police official in Wardak province told The Times that the helicopter was shot down toward the end of an attack on a Taliban compound in the area.