Taliban Guide Press to Helicopter Debris, Allege US Use of Banned Weapons
Officials of Afghanistan's ruling militia, the Taliban, on Monday led journalists on a trip to gather footage of the wreckage of a US helicopter they had said had been shot down over Kandahar.
Al Jazeera satellite channel aired pictures Monday of debris said to be from the helicopter.
Landing gear, tires and metallic pieces were displayed by a group of Afghans in mountains north of Kandahar.
One large casing was stamped with the words "Boeing" and "Philadephia, Pennsylvania" underneath.
A Taliban diplomat in Pakistan said Monday that the wreckage of the US army helicopter had been found in Afghan mountains, the Afghan Islamic Press news agency reported.
In Washington, US officials on Sunday dismissed Taliban claims that 20 to 25 US servicemen were killed in the downing of the aircraft.
Meanwhile, the Taliban claimed that the US was using chemical and biological weapons in its war to "smoke out” suspected terrorists who allegedly planned the airborne suicide attacks on Washington and New York last month – Albawaba.com
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