Taliban down US chopper in Afghanistan

A Taliban militant aims his sophisticated gun at an unseen target. (file photo)

Taliban militants claim their fighters have downed a helicopter belonging to the US-led forces in the western Herat Province of Afghanistan.

Local Afghan officials said on Sunday the chopper has gone down in Shindad district of Western Herat province while it was carrying out a military operation across the troubled region.

The US-led western military alliance has yet to comment on the claim.

The militants have previously shot down a number of U-S-led forcesâ„¢ helicopters across Afghanistan, as part of their operations against foreign troops.

Taliban have also claimed that a number of US-led soldiers had been killed in those incidents.

There has been no letup in the Taliban attacks on US-led foreign troops across Afghanistan with US-led troops and Afghan forces falling prey to Taliban attacks on an almost daily basis.

Taliban militants have recently increased violence against US-led forces in Afghanistan, known as the Taliban spring offensive, targeting NATO helicopters and drones.

The rising death toll of US-led foreign forces in Afghanistan has prompted growing opposition to the Afghan war in NATO member states and other countries that have contributed troops to the military occupation.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity remains across the country.


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Republished from: Press TV