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U.S. chopper down in Afghanistan

A U.S. helicopter has crashed in northeastern Afghanistan as the death toll of foreign forces in the volatile country continues to set new records.

The U.S. Air Force chopper went down in the Afghan province of Kunar on Saturday, a Press TV correspondent reported.

The U.S. military's press office in Kunar said the helicopter made an emergency landing in the area due to technical failures.

It added that a number of soldiers have been injured in the incident.

The U.S.-led alliance did not provide further details about the crash and it still remains unclear how many people were aboard the chopper.

Meanwhile, the Taliban claimed they shot the helicopter down by an RPG rocket.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said all forces onboard have been killed.

The Taliban have reportedly shot down several NATO helicopters over the past months in different parts of Afghanistan.

The latest incident comes as July has become the deadliest month for American forces stationed in war-torn Afghanistan since the start of the war in 2001.

(Source: Press TV)

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