Thirty American soldiers, seven Afghan special forces and a civilian interpreter were killed Saturday in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, reported the press service of the NATO International Security Assistance in Afghanistan (ISAF) on Sunday .
“Thirty soldiers of the ISAF, a civilian interpreter and seven Afghan commandos were killed when a CH-47 Chinook crashed in Afghanistan early Saturday,” ISAF said in a statement.
Most Americans perished in the disaster in the province of Wardak (center) belonged to the Navy Seals special forces, including their elite units, the “Team 6″, who led the raid to remove the old head of the terrorist network Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden.
“An investigation is underway to determine the exact cause of the crash,” said the ISAF. According to western media, Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for shooting down the aircraft.
This is the deadliest event for the international coalition since the start of the military operation in Afghanistan there are nearly ten years. According to the specialized site icasualties.org, total losses of the Alliance as part of operations in Afghanistan amounted to 2,600 dead.