Sep 21, 2010 9:36 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Afghan helicopter crash kills 9 Americans

A helicopter crash killed nine American troops in Afghanistan on Tuesday, NBC News reported.

The incident made 2010 the deadliest year for foreign troops of the war, according to monitoring website The deaths take the toll so far this year to at least 529. Last year, 521 foreign troops were killed.

The Taliban claimed to have shot down the helicopter in Zabul province but NATO said there were no reports of hostile fire.

One member of NATO's International Security Assistance Force, an Afghan soldier and a U.S. civilian were wounded in the crash and were taken to hospital for treatment, ISAF said in a statement.

The incident occurred in northwestern Zabul, according to a NATO official. The official spoke to the AP condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose the location of the crash.



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