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The Associated Press. A U.S. Marine tries to take cover, perched on a container, trying to shelter from the dust as a Chinook helicopter arrives to pick up supplies at Forward Operating Base Edi in the Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan on June 9. Afghan President Hamid Karzai said 30 U.S. special forces and seven Afghan soldiers were killed when a helicopter, similar to the one shown, crashed in eastern Wardak province on Saturday.

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US military copter shot down

Insurgents shot down a U.S. military helicopter during fighting in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans, most of them belonging to the same elite unit as the Navy SEALs who killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, as well as seven Afghan commandos, U.S. officials said Saturday. It what was the deadliest single loss for American forces in the decade-old war against the Taliban.

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