The Taliban claims to have shot down a NATO helicopter, killing 31 US special forces troops and seven Afghans.
It is the worst single loss of life for the United States since they entered Afghanistan nearly a decade ago. Nato has only confirmed “there was enemy activity” in Wardak province, west of the capital Kabul. But Afghan officials and eyewitnesses say insurgents were behind the attack.
It is believed the helicopter was a Chinook, commonly used by coalition forces in Afghanistan to ferry troops in and out of combat.