Taliban claims downed helicopter, 2 US soldiers killed

KABUL, Afghanistan — A helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing two US service members, NATO forces said. The Taliban claimed it shot down the craft, but NATO said it was still investigating.
Hostile fire has not been ruled out in the crash in Helmand province, said Lt. Commander Katie Kendrick, a spokeswoman for the military coalition.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi claimed in a telephone call to The Associated Press that the insurgent group shot the chopper down.