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#321 BansheeOne

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Posted 27 January 2020 - 1341 PM

Afghan plane crash: US jet comes down in Taliban territory

27 January 2020

The US military has confirmed one of its planes crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday.

Officials told the media there were no indications it had been brought down by enemy activity.

The aircraft crashed in Deh Yak district, Ghazni province, an area with a strong Taliban presence.

Afghan authorities initially said it belonged to state-owned airline Ariana, but the company issued a denial, saying all its planes were accounted for.

The Pentagon has not released further details and it is unclear how many people were on board.

Taliban social media accounts have posted unverified footage showing a burnt-out plane with US Air Force markings.

The video shows a Bombardier E-11A - the type of jet used by the US Air Force for electronic surveillance over Afghanistan.

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https://www.bbc.com/...d-asia-51264744
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#322 bojan

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Posted 27 January 2020 - 1538 PM

We will see in few days how situation develops, was it an accident or a shutdown.


Edited by bojan, 27 January 2020 - 1540 PM.

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#323 glenn239

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Posted 27 January 2020 - 1551 PM

Let's hope accident, because if it was a shootdown, then somebody may have recently started to upgrade Taliban AA missile capability unless the plane was flying low enough for AAA.  And not too hard to come up with a short list for who might have supplied the Taliban with better AA missiles recently.


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#324 BansheeOne

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Posted 28 January 2020 - 1354 PM

Official: Remains of 2 US troops recovered from Afghan site

Lolita Baldor and Robert Burns, The Associated Press


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WASHINGTON (AP) A U.S. defense official says the United States has recovered the remains of two American service members killed in the crash of an Air Force plane in Afghanistan.

They were the only two people aboard the Air Force E-11A electronic surveillance aircraft when it went down on Monday in Ghazni province, the official said, speaking Tuesday on the condition of anonymity ahead of an official announcement of the recovery. The identities of the two have not been publicly announced, pending notification of their relatives.

The official said the American recovery team met no Taliban resistance in reaching the crash site and said there is no indication that the plane was downed by hostile action.

The Taliban hold much of Ghazni province. Monday's plane crash there is not expected to derail U.S.-Taliban peace talks if the crash investigation determines, as expected, that it was not the result of hostile action.


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Edited by BansheeOne, 28 January 2020 - 1356 PM.

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#325 Burncycle360

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Posted 08 February 2020 - 1630 PM

Attack on US and Afghan troops in Afghanistan,  initial posts suggest 5-6 US fatalities, details still pending.  Newer article doesn't mention number

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — American and Afghan military personnel were fired on while conducting an operation in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, the U.S. military said Saturday.
 

Several U.S. personnel were either injured or killed, but the exact number and other details were not provided, said a U.S. official who agreed to discuss the incident only on condition of anonymity.
 

A U.S. military spokesman, Col. Sonny Leggett, said in a statement that both Afghan and U.S. personnel were “engaged by direct firing.”
 

“We are assessing the situation,” Leggett said, without providing any information on possible casualties or other details.


The Taliban and the Islamic State group affiliate both operate in eastern Nangarhar province. The incident comes as Washington seeks to find an end to Afghanistan’s 18-year war, America’s longest.

Washington’s peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has been meeting with Taliban representatives in the Middle Eastern state of Qatar in recent weeks. He’s seeking an agreement to reduce hostilities to get a peace deal signed that would start negotiations among Afghans on both sides of the conflict.
 

In his State of the Union Address on Tuesday, President Donald Trump referenced the peace talks, saying U.S. soldiers were not meant to serve as “law enforcement agencies” for other nations.

“In Afghanistan, the determination and valor of our war fighters has allowed us to make tremendous progress, and peace talks are now underway, ” he said.


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