The U.S. military in Afghanistan says hostile fire appears to have downed the large helicopter that crashed in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday with 17 American troops on board.
A U.S. military spokesman Colonel Jim Yonts says the status of the servicemen remains "unknown."
The Chinook twin-rotor military helicopter went down in remote mountainous terrain west of Kunar province's capital, Asadabad, while transporting troops as part of an ongoing operation against suspected Taleban and al-Qaida terrorists.
The spokesman said the helicopter came under fire as it approached its landing zone, adding U.S. and coalition forces quickly secured the area to block any enemy movement. A purported spokesman for the ousted Taleban regime has claimed responsibility for downing the helicopter. He said the rebels filmed the attack and would release the video to the media.
Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.