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British helicopter goes down in Southern Afghanistan, 5 dead

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Technical problems appear to have caused the crash of a British helicopter carrying International Security Assistance Force Soldiers near Kandahar City, Friday.

Five service members died in the crash, although the nationalities of the deceased have not been released, they are believed to be from the U.K.

The crash is still under investigation by the British Ministry of Defense and NATO.

The Taliban is known for stepping forward to take immediate credit for any downed aircraft in Afghanistan. At this point, the Taliban has not released any statements regarding this crash. It is unknown if there was insurgent activity in the area at this time.

There have been fewer troop losses in Afghanistan in recent weeks as foreign troops are packing up and heading home.

The United States plans to have all combat forces out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014. Speculation continues as to the number of U.S. troops that will remain behind as advisors to the Afghan Army and Afghan Security Forces.

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