Troops in helicopter crash were after Taliban leader

story by: Kimberly Dozier and Patrick Quinn-AP
photo courtesy of:
Anja Niedringhaus
The 30 U.S. troops and eight Afghans who died in a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan were on a mission targeting a Taliban leader when an insurgent with a rocket-propelled grenade reportedly fired on the chopper and shot it down, U.S.-led coalition said Monday.
The Chinook helicopter was transporting the troops to an ongoing battle early Saturday between coalition forces and insurgents in eastern Wardak province, NATO said in a statement.
It was deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in the decade-long war.
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