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Afghan Women, Children Killed In NATO Chopper Crash: Photos

March 16, 2012


Afghan women and children killed in NATO chopper crash (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

The wreckage of a Turkish helicopter is seen after it crashed in to a residential neighborhood of Kabul on March 16, 2012 (AFP Photo)

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Four Afghan civilians and 12 Turkish soldiers were killed in a crash involving a NATO-operated Turkish chopper. The vehicle came down on a house and burst into flames in the Bagrami district, close to the capital Kabul.

The helicopter was operated by the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force), acknowledged the spokesman for the US-led NATO force in Kabul.

The Turkish General Staff confirmed that twelve of their military personnel on board the helicopter “have been martyred.”

An Afghan police officer said the civilians residing in the destroyed house apparently fell prey to a catastrophic technical failure.

“We are investigating the cause of the crash but there were no reports of insurgent activity in the area,” said interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.

Reuters / Mohammad Ismail
Reuters / Mohammad Ismail

Turkey’s contingent in Afghanistan does not take part in military operations. The task of the over 1,800 Turkish officers and soldiers serving in the country is limited to patrolling, mostly around the capital Kabul.

The incident is believed to have been the deadliest one for Turkey’s mission in Afghanistan during the decade-long military campaign, the Turkish military announced.

Due to the non-combatant origin of the Turkish mission in Afghanistan, Turkish public opinion has never been overly critical of the country’s involvement in Operation Enduring.

However, an event of this nature could quickly sour public opinion.

Reuters / Mohammad Ismail
Reuters / Mohammad Ismail

The crash occurred at a time when tempers are running high in Afghanistan following several high-profile scandals. Troubles began between the occupation American forces and the local population after the accidental burning of Korans at the Bagram prison.

Reuters / Mohammad Ismail
Reuters / Mohammad Ismail

But the tensions might have reached their breaking point following the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians by at least on rogue US soldier.

Foreign troops arrive at the site of a NATO helicopter crash in a house in Kabul March 16, 2012 (Reuters / Mohammad Ismail)
Foreign troops arrive at the site of a NATO helicopter crash in a house in Kabul March 16, 2012 (Reuters / Mohammad Ismail)

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  1. March 16, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    As always, WAR used as a POLITICAL solution by HARD HEADED people mentally deformed by military training to operate as sociopathic, psychopathic, dual-natured, bipolar, dehumanised, clockwork soldiers, ALWAYS produces BAD FRUIT that traumatises nations for GENERATIONS, and Murders innocent civilians and soldiers in equal number.
    The WAR in Afghanistan and Iraq will produce NOTHING but an EXPLOSION in arms manufacturing and with it a small swathe of the ‘professional’ soldier/political class being given new posts in hundreds of agencies to dish out pseudo political solutions in the form of great speeches and bold objectives, mean palliative after care and trillions of taxpayers money into projects that in 30 years will disappear under sand dunes without trace.
    The military mind is a tough, no nonsese, rational response to the threat of vast fortunes being lost in the marketplace of currency dealing and commodities and interest on loans. Fortunes held by a minority of greedy little horse ticks. Yet, ironically, vast fortunes are thrown away in the use of hackneyed and cockeyed military strategy which PRODUCE NOTHING – no extra value, no increase in distribution of wealth, no benefit to the poor, no comfort to the vanquished or the victor since both have to share the same living space centuries after, harbouring grudges, remembering the trauma of irreplaceable lost love ones.
    Join my forum on Facebook ‘Forum for the Criminalisation of Weapons Manufacturers’.

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