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9 Americans Killed In Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Nine U.S. service members in southern Afghanistan perished in a helicopter crash in what is now the deadliest year for coalition and U.S. forces since the battle against the Taliban started nearly nine years ago.

The crash occurred in the Chopan district of Zabul province, one of the several turbulent southern regions where coalition and Afghan troops have been battling the tenacious militant group for years.

"There are no reports of enemy fire at the time the air craft went down," NATO's International Security Assistance Force told CNN. ISAF is investigating the incident.

Two other service members, along with an Afghan National Army soldier and an American civilian, sustained injuries in the crash. They were taken to a NATO medical facility.

ISAF did not release the nationalities of Tuesday's crash victims, but a Western defense source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, revealed the nationalities of the nine.

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