2 US service members killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash


Kim Hjelmgaard


USA TODAY

Published 5: 16 AM EST Nov 20, 2019

Two American service members were killed in a helicopter crash Wednesday in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said without providing further details.

The crash is under investigation but the military said preliminary reports indicated the incident was not caused by enemy fire, despite a claim from the Taliban that it shot down a helicopter in eastern Logar province, causing fatalities.

The deaths of the service members brings the number of U.S. combat fatalities this year in Afghanistan to 19. Approximately 14,000 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan, and some 2,400 U.S. soldiers have died in the U.S.-led war since 2001.

The U.S. military statement said that in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the names of the service members killed in action would be withheld until 24 hours after notification of their next of kin is complete.

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