Afghan pres.: Helicopter crash kills 31 US, 7 Afghan troops

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday 31 US soldiers and 7 Afghan troops had been killed in a helicopter crash overnight, one of the worst incidents of its kind in the 10-year-old war in Afghanistan.
The statement from the presidential palace said the helicopter had crashed in central Maidan Wardak province, just to the west of the capital, Kabul. The Taliban claimed to have shot down the troop-carrying helicopter.
The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force confirmed a helicopter had crashed but gave no further details.