U.S. helicopter crashes in Afghanistan, four feared dead

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A U.S. military helicopter went down in poor weather in Afghanistan the military said, in a crash that officials believed may have killed all four people onboard.

A U.S. defence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Black Hawk helicopter crashed in the Regional Command-Southwest area, which includes the traditional Taliban stronghold of Helmand province. Poor weather appeared to have been the cause of the crash.

Another official said all four people aboard the helicopter were feared dead, Reuters reports.

Almost 3,000 foreign soldiers have died in Afghanistan since the West’s war against the Taliban and other militants began in 2001. Despite a resilient insurgency, the United States, like its NATO allies, plans to withdraw most of its combat troops from the country by the end of 2014.