Afghan official: fighting near chopper crash area

A Chinook helicopter crashed in Afghanistan killing 30 Americans including 22 NAVY SEAL members, and as Elizabeth Palmer reports, early indications are the Taliban is to blame.
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KABUL, Afghanistan -- An Afghan official says there is fighting in the area where the Taliban shot down a U.S. Army Chinook helicopter, killing 38 people, including 30 American troops.

Wardak provincial spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said Sunday that a joint operation was taking place in the Tangi Joy Zarin area of Sayd Abad district where the large transport helicopter went down late Saturday. He says there were reports of Taliban casualties overnight, but had no additional information.

Afghan chopper crash kills 22 SEALs; 37 in all

NATO says it has begun an operation to recover the remains of the helicopter.

The deaths marked the deadliest single loss for American forces in the decade-old war.

The U.S.-led coalition has provided no further details.