March 12 - Helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan kills five American members of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
The Pentagon confirms that five U.S. military personnel were killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan Monday. Helicopter crashes are not uncommon in Afghanistan and the Taliban and others often claim to have shot them down. Brigadier General Gunter Katz of ISAF says an investigation is underway. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SPOKESMAN FOR INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE FORCE (ISAF), BRIGADIER GENERAL GUNTER KATZ, SAYING: "Early reporting indicates that the crash is not related to any enemy activities." U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel left Afghanistan earlier on Monday. His visit was marred by a suicide bomb attack near where he was holding a meeting, and differences with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who accused the United States of colluding with the Taliban.