6 US troops die in helicopter crash in Afghanistan

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ZABUL, AFGHANISTAN – A deadly day for the U.S. in Afghanistan as six military personnel died in a helicopter crash in Zabul Province.

A Defense Department  official says engine failure, not the Taliban, brought down the helicopter. Apparently one person survived.

The crash is the deadliest single incident for American troops in Afghanistan since August of last year when another helicopter crashed, killing seven Americans and four Afghans.

And this latest crash brings to 129 the number of American troops who died this year as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, with the vast majority lost in Afghanistan.

At least 300 American service members died each year while supporting the Afghanistan war from 2009 to 2012.

Truly, the cost of freedom.

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