C-130 Hercules transport plane
JALALABAD, Afghanistan — The Taliban Friday claimed to have shot down a C-130 military transport plane in eastern Afghanistan, with NATO confirming that 11 people including six US soldiers were killed in the crash.
NATO did not confirm the cause of the crash but it comes as Afghan forces -- backed by NATO special forces and US air support -- pushed into the centre of the northern city of Kunduz which was captured by the Taliban on Monday.
"Our mujahideen have shot down a four-engine US aircraft in Jalalabad," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter.
"Based on credible information 15 invading forces and a number of puppet troops were killed."
The Taliban are known to make exaggerated battlefield claims, and NATO has so far not given details on the cause of the crash.
The C-130 crash, which occurred at about midnight local time on Friday, left six US soldiers and five civilian contractors dead
Obama Administration: The Taliban are not our enemies
-Karzai interview with Radio Free Europe 11/26/13
Radio Free Europe: "Do you think that the Afghan security forces are able to deal with the Taliban on their own?"
Karzai: "This is our responsibility. We are all Afghans and we know each other well. Whether we would fight the Taliban or make peace with them -- that is our problem. Last year, during my visit to Washington, in a very important briefing a day before I met U.S. President [Barack Obama], his national security adviser Tom Donilon, and senior White House officials, generals, and intelligence officials, the national security adviser met with me. He told me: "The Taliban are not our enemies and we don't want to fight them." I told him "This is a very good thing and this is what we want."