US Military Aircraft Crashes in Afghanistan, 10 Killed


Kabul: A US Hercules transport aircraft has crashed at an airport in Afghanistan, news agencies report. The C-130 plane crashed at around midnight local time (19:30 GMT) in Jalalabad airport, Reuters and Agence France-Presse reported.

Reuters said it is not yet known whether there are any casualties among those on board. The C-130 is a military aircraft primarily used to carry troops and heavy cargo. At least 10 people have died in the crash.

Under a deal between the US and Afghanistan, there were 9,800 American troops remaining in Afghanistan for the Resolute Support mission up till the end of September. It was agreed  in March that troop levels would climb down to 5,500 for the remainder of the year and most of 2016.

Officially launched on January 1, 2015, the Resolute Support mission replaced NATO-led ISAF forces after twelve years of operations. The mission, which officially expired on Wednesday, involved a total of 13,223 troops from 40 contributing nations.

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