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Taliban claim hitting US ’copter

The Taliban claimed on Monday that their fighters hit a US helicopter with anti-aircraft rockets in the eastern Nuristan province and killed a pro-government commander and his four men in Kandahar. There was no independent confirmation of the Taliban claims. The US military and Afghan government invariably reject Taliban claims. Speaking from an undisclosed location, the new Taliban spokesman, Salimullah Khan Mujahid, told The News that the US military helicopter caught fire after being hit by rockets shortly before noon. However, he said he was unaware if there were any casualties once the chopper caught fire. He said US jet-fighters and helicopter gunships bombed the area after the incident. Full Story

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