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Let me repeat this is still being investigated. I will update as more facts come in but as it stands the enormity of this tragedy is huge if initial loss reports are confirmed.

 We are aware that the mountainous region makes finding downed aircraft difficult.

NEW: ISAF says it’s looking into the reports
Local police report a NATO helicopter has gone down in Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — A local official reported a NATO helicopter crashed Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, though there was no immediate confirmation from coalition forces.

We rally need to get out of the war business we lose not only casualties from incidens such as this our youth return scarred psychologically.

If the CEO"s like wars so much they can go out and fight them themselves.

More information:

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A NATO helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan, killing six members of the international military force, the U.S.-led coalition said Friday.

Sources in Afghanistan and Washington tell CBS News it was a U.S. Marine CH-53 helicopter that crashed, and a U.S. military official tells the Associated Press that all those killed were Marines, but the coalition has not officially disclosed the nationalities of the victims. Details of such incidents are generally kept private until the families of the dead are notified.

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Comment Preferences

  •  How many more must crash? (4+ / 0-)

    “The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway” ~ Henry Boye~

    by Terranova0 on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 12:14:52 PM PST

  •  It's already early Monday in Afghanistan (4+ / 0-)

    This is supposed to have happened Saturday.

    I feel like in previous incidents like this, it was reported and confirmed pretty quickly.

  •  And for what good will this do for us? (4+ / 0-)

    My signature says it all.

    One war ended. Bring those still in Afghanistan home NOW. The Afghans do not want us there, either.

    by llbear on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 02:17:01 PM PST

  •  Moving toward a distant end game (2+ / 0-)
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    Horace Boothroyd III, kaliope

    in Afghanistan. An excellent article here from Stratfor. Read the entire piece at the link. This is a discussion of Leon Panetta's recent suggestion that the United States could end combat operations in Afghanistan by the end of 2013.

    The issue over time will boil down to this: The United States will want a coalition government in which Taliban elements take Cabinet positions in the current structure of the Karzai regime. The Taliban will want an entirely new government in which elements of the existing power structure (Karzai has promised not to seek a third term when his current one ends in 2014) might have a position but that would be an altogether new regime. In either case, the Taliban assume, as the North Vietnamese assumed a generation ago, that a political settlement followed by a U.S. withdrawal would, after a "decent interval," result in a Taliban-dominated regime.

    Ultimately, the United States could remain in Afghanistan indefinitely and there is nothing the Taliban could do about it. But the United States cannot defeat the Taliban. The Taliban have nowhere to go and no desire to leave. The United States has other issues to attend to and no overriding strategic interest in Afghanistan. From the American point of view, its presence in Afghanistan does not reduce Islamist threats to the homeland but it does absorb military resources.

    What the United States is engaged in now, as it was in 1971, is the complex process of crafting a political path from the current situation to the inevitable end. This isn't easy, since the manner in which the United States withdraws will influence its position in the region as much as its indefinite presence would. This is why the administration is so eager to pursue the current initiative and prepared to release prisoners as a gesture. It is also why the Taliban will accept a coalition government for a while, and why Pakistan will make and likely honor guarantees.

    Too many lost lives, destruction and misery and too much money poured into this endeavor. Why has it taken so long to understand this?

    “Humankind can not bear very much reality.” - T.S. Eliot

    by truong son traveler on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 05:35:45 PM PST

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