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NATO: Seven Soldiers Killed in Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan

30 May 2007

NATO says seven of its soldiers were killed when their helicopter crashed late Wednesday in southern Afghanistan.

Officials say the aircraft was a Chinook transport helicopter. There has been no official word on the cause of the crash.

A Taleban spokesman says militants with the extremist group shot the helicopter down. He says nobody on board survived the crash.

The spokesman offered no proof for his claim.

Meanwhile in Washington, a Pentagon spokesman said a seasonal offensive by U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan has set Taleban militants back for some time.

Brigadier General Perry Wiggins said many allied operations have resulted in major losses for the Taleban, including some of its leaders. But he warned the fight is not over.

Last year, officials reported the Taleban suffered many casualties by launching large-scale attacks on U.S. and coalition forces.

Earlier Wednesday, the U.S. military reported coalition and Afghan soldiers killed six Taleban fighters during a raid on a suspected militant hideout in eastern Nangahar province.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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