Afghan military helicopter crash kills all 17 aboard

August 6, 2015 9:19 AM

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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan An Afghan military helicopter crashed on Thursday, killing all 17 on board, officials said, in a blow for a fledgling air force whose resources have been stretched since the withdrawal of most international forces last year.

Afghan troops have been battling a growing insurgency that has killed and wounded thousands of people since the beginning of the year, with the United Nations putting civilian casualties at almost 5,000 in the first half of the year.

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