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Coalition drone crashes near Pakistan border

By JOSH SMITH AND ZUBAIR BABAKARKHAIL | STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 18, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan – An unarmed coalition reconnaissance drone crashed Wednesday in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan, Afghan police and international military officials said.

“There were no reports of enemy forces in the area at the time of the incident, nor were there any reports of injuries to civilian personnel or damage to property,” a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force told Stars and Stripes in an email.

The international coalition continues to conduct reconnaissance in support of Afghan forces, as well as for its own ongoing military operations.

ISAF officials would not confirm the type of remotely piloted aircraft that went down but did say it was not armed.

The aircraft, which was operating from the coalition airfield in Jalalabad, went down in the Khas Kunar district of Kunar province, which borders Pakistan.

The crash site was in a remote, unpopulated area controlled by Afghan local police militias, said Kunar provincial Police Chief Abdul Habib Saidkhail.

At the request of American military officials, Saidkhail said, his officers retrieved the wreckage and returned it to ISAF forces.

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