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October 26th, 2009
06:00 AM ET

14 Americans dead in copter collisions in Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - Fourteen Americans died in a pair of helicopter crashes in Afghanistan on Monday, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Americans were killed Monday in two helicopter crashes over Afghanistan."]

In the deadlier crash, a helicopter went down in the country's west.

"Seven U.S. service members and three U.S. civilians were killed," an ISAF statement said. "Those injured include 14 Afghan service members, 11 U.S. service members and one U.S. civilian."

Enemy action was not suspected in the crash, the military said.

Four other U.S. service members were killed when two helicopters apparently crashed mid-air in southern Afghanistan. Two other NATO-led service members were injured.

"The incident is currently being investigated, but it is confirmed that hostile fire was not involved," ISAF said in an earlier news release.

Separately, ISAF said a joint international security force killed more than a dozen enemy fighters while searching a compound. The site was thought to harbor insurgents tied to narcotics trafficking in western Afghanistan.

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