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US to ‘stay the course’ after Afghan chopper crash

The United States on Saturday vowed to “stay the course” in Afghanistan after 30 US soldiers were killed there when, according to local officials, the Taliban shot down their helicopter. The pledge from US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta — and a salute from President Barack Obama — came after the…

US helicopter crash in Afghanistan kills 38 troops

Thirty-one US special forces died in Afghanistan when the Taliban shot down their helicopter, officials said Saturday, the deadliest incident for foreign troops in the decade-long war. The Americans were killed alongside seven Afghan soldiers during an anti-Taliban operation late Friday when a rocket fired by the insurgents struck their…