August 9, 2011

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The downing of a US helicopter by Afghan insurgents amounts to a “one-off” incident that will not alter US strategy or the course of the war, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday.

“I would caution people against reading too much into a single combat incident,” Colonel Dave Lapan told reporters.

“At this point, it’s a one-off incident.”

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In the most deadly incident of the war for US and NATO forces, 30 American troops were killed Friday when their Chinook helicopter came under attack southwest of the capital Kabul. Seven Afghan commandos and an interpreter also died.

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