A helicopter crash in Wardak province, Afghanistan this morning killed 31 special forces soldiers and 7 members of the Afghan National Army. Most likely the worst single loss of life for the US in the whole decade of the Afghan war. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for shooting down the Chinook. Read the news stories at Reuters and the Guardian. (AP photograph of a US Chinook outside of Spin Boldak in 2009.)

A helicopter crash in Wardak province, Afghanistan this morning killed 31 special forces soldiers and 7 members of the Afghan National Army. Most likely the worst single loss of life for the US in the whole decade of the Afghan war. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for shooting down the Chinook. Read the news stories at Reuters and the Guardian. (AP photograph of a US Chinook outside of Spin Boldak in 2009.)

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