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Airstrike Kills Taliban Fighters Involved in Helicopter Crash

Air Force photo: Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane

A NATO airstrike killed Taliban insurgents involved in the weekend crash of the helicopter carrying 30 U.S. soldiers and 8 Afghan soldiers, said the commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan Wednesday.

AFPS reports Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen said the action continued the original mission against an enemy network in Wardak province.

Coalition forces ordered a precision airstrike with F-16 jets near midnight on Aug. 8. The strike killed Taliban leader Mullah Mohibullah and the insurgent who fired the rocket-propelled grenade associated with the fatal helicopter crash.

“This does not ease our loss,” Allen said during a briefing in Afghan capital Kabul. “But we must and we will continue to relentlessly pursue the enemy.”

Allen also told reporters the coalition dos not know yet if enemy fire was the sole reason for the helicopter crash. The Pentagon announced its investigation into the crash Tuesday.

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