Afghan National Civil Order Police check passengers at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Maidan Shahr, Wardak province, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 10, 2013. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, infuriated by villager reports of forced detentions and mass arrests, gave U.S. Special Forces two weeks to vacate Wardak province, located barely 30 kilometers (24 miles) from the Afghan capital of Kabul. The deadline for their withdrawal expired midnight Sunday, March 10, 2013. (AP /Anja Niedringhaus)
Five American service members were killed in southern Afghanistan on Monday.
There was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the incident.
Five U.S. service members were killed when a helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan, a U.S. official said early Tuesday.
The chopper went down Monday in the Daman district of southern Kandahar during a rain storm, said Jawid Faisal, a government spokesman for the province.
There was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the incident, according to a statement by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
The U.S. official, who did not want to be identified, did not offer additional information about the victims.
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