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ECH1969 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 07:08 AM
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U.S. military helicopter crashes in Afghanistan
KABUL, April 6 (Reuters) - A U.S. military helicopter crashed in Afghanistan on Wednesday but there was no immediate word on casualties or on how many people were on board, a provincial governor said.

The helicopter went down in Ghazni province, southwest of the capital, Kabul, during a heavy dust storm, said the province's governor, Assadullah Khalid.

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SP291697.htm
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MSNBC is not reporting at least 5 US dead.
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 07:15 AM
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1. MSRNC says 5 dead....
just saw on IMUS... :(
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ClintonTyree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 07:18 AM
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2. Probably "non-combat" related....
:eyes: Try telling that to the families and friends of those 5 soldiers. They're ALL combat related since we wouldn't BE in that part of the world except for bush's stupidity.
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DeaconBlues Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 07:31 AM
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3. Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghan Helicopter Crash
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=578&nci...


KABUL (Reuters) - At least two U.S. military servicemen were killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday when a U.S. military helicopter crashed, a provincial governor said.

The helicopter went down in Ghazni province, 80 miles southwest of the capital, Kabul, during a heavy dust storm, said the province's governor, Assadullah Khalid...(more)


Looks like America's other forgotten war rages on. Rest in peace, soldiers.
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 09:14 AM
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7. Not forgotten by me
I have a loved one there. While the rest of American doesn't keep track of the deaths there, everyone is a knife in my stomach until I find out for sure.
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sharonking21 Donating Member (552 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 11:43 AM
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17. Me neither
I don't have anyone there among my close friends and family, but I have been sending packages and letters through AnySoldier.com. I guess they don't release where the helicopter was flying from?
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Danocrat Donating Member (485 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 07:40 AM
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4. CNN just reported:
"Rumor that nine people killed but that cannot be confirmed." Talk about covering your own ass as well as BushCo's.
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Kokonoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 08:11 AM
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5. At least nine, possible 13
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meganmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 08:42 AM
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6. Centcom release link - 9 confirmed:
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 10:23 AM
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9. If Centcom sez nine the the fudge factor of 8% is automatically applied.
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 10:17 AM
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8. It would be a handy way to cover up Abu Grahib deaths.
Not that I am implying anything. It is just interesting that this tragic accident occurred a few days after the very fortunate 40 wounded, 0 deaths attack. This may well be too difficult to implement in practice, though. I don't know how it would be done - just move people around on paper, I suppose. It couldn't happen in a democracy, of course.
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 10:24 AM
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10. Arthur Anderson & Ken Lay were good at that game.
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cliss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 10:44 AM
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12. Same here, Dal.
I've been wondering about the Abu Ghraib flare-up over the weekend. I was so surprised that there were no casualties. Have been following every thread to see what happened. Nothing.

You're right. This would certainly make a good cover. Notice how they clearly blame the weather "sandstorm".

I wonder.

Like my neighbor once said, "Dead men tell no tales".
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realFedUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 10:29 AM
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11. oh yeah.....Afghanistan
:eyes:
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 11:35 AM
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13. CENTCOM: 16 DEAD IN HELICOPTER CRASH; (American troops)
Meanwhile, back at The Forgotten War...

16 DEAD IN HELICOPTER CRASH

KABUL, Afghanistan Sixteen people have now been confirmed dead in the crash of a Coalition CH-47 transport helicopter near Ghazni on Wednesday afternoon.

Eighteen people, including crew members and passengers, were listed on the flight manifest; two remain unaccounted for. Recovery operations have ended for the night due to darkness and weather conditions.

http://www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty_Report.asp?...
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 11:37 AM
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14. CNN the Cartoon News Network is calling them ....
"coalition troops"! They are shameless.
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Cocoa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 11:39 AM
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15. that must have happened in the dangerous part of Afghanistan
Laura Bush said it's mostly pretty safe. No, make that very safe...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-490...

``Afghanistan is safe. There are certainly parts of it that aren't right now. But, in general, I think it is a very safe place to travel.''
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LionInWinter Donating Member (344 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 11:41 AM
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16. CNN is reporting 16 killed with 2 still missing.
http://us.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/04/06/afghan.crash...

"CNN) -- Sixteen people were killed Wednesday when a coalition helicopter traveling in "severe weather" crashed in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said.

Eighteen people, including crew and passengers, were listed on the flight manifest. Two people remain unaccounted for."

Damned shoulder-fired "severe weather".

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Nite Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 11:44 AM
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18. Here's the CBS link
http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/home/main100.shtml


A U.S. military helicopter crashed in bad weather in southeast Afghanistan, killing 16 people, including four American crew members, the military said. It's the deadliest military crash since the U.S.-led offensive began in 2001. More...


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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 12:25 PM
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19. Reuters: U.S. Chopper Crashes in Afghanistan, at Least 16 Dead
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&s...

KABUL (Reuters) - A U.S. military helicopter crashed during a dust storm in Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least 16 people on board, the military said in a statement.

A U.S. spokeswoman said the CH-47 Chinook helicopter came down in Ghazni province, 80 miles southwest of the capital, Kabul, while on a routine mission.

"Eighteen people, including crew members and passengers, were listed on the flight manifest; two remain unaccounted for," the U.S. military said in a statement on the deadliest air accident since Washington first deployed troops to the country in 2001.

...very short newsblurb...

more misery for everyone :cry:
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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 07:57 PM
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20. update: 18 American soldiers killed in desert helicopter crash
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/20...

At least 18 American soldiers died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan yesterday, the biggest single loss of US life since Operation Enduring Freedom began in autumn 2001.

The army Chinook came down in bad weather in featureless desert near the south-eastern city of Ghazni.

Afghan officials said the bodies were all in US military uniform. The army said last night that 18 people, including crew members and passengers, were listed on the flight manifest and that two remained unaccounted for.

Lieutenant Cindy Moore said that the Chinook was on a routine flight from the troubled south-east of the country to the main US airbase at Bagram, north of Kabul.

A second Chinook on the mission arrived unscathed.

...more...
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Griffy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 10:06 PM
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21. Notice how this news is on the air... Accidents get coverage...
to make it look like most "deaths" are non combat.. after all.. isn't the "mission accomplished"? Freedoms on the table and families are on the march.. no wait.. crap... are still saving them?

See the propaganda.. like people that think Schiavo was in a coma.. I wonder who told them such lies...
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lebkuchen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-05 08:46 AM
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22. It's army, out of Germany
Giebelstadt.

America has already forgotten, but over in Germany, the wait for the manifest is just beginning...
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