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Deadly Week Continues in Afghanistan With Helicopter Crash, 11 Dead

- Common Dreams staff

A deadly week for Afghanistan continues with the crash of Black Hawk helicopter Thursday in the southern region of the NATO-occupied country resulting in the death of four Afghans and seven U.S. soldiers.

A U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter (Photo: Reuters) "The crash resulted in the deaths of four International Security Assistance Force service members, three United States Forces-Afghanistan service members, three members of the Afghan National Security Forces, and one Afghan civilian interpreter," International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.

Agence France-Presse points out that the "ISAF statement did not use its normal phrasing for a simple helicopter crash, which includes the line that no enemy activity was reported in the area."

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

"We hit the ISAF helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade," said Qari Yousef Ahmadi, Taliban spokesman for the southern region.

Reuters points out that it's been a deadly week in Afghanistan that "included multiple suicide bombings which killed 63 civilians in one day, most of them shoppers in markets."