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US - Mar 16, 2012 - 21:32

Last modified: 16 Mar 2012 18:32

Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), General John Allen has released a statement expressing his condolences over the crash of a NATO helicopter in Kabul province today.

Twelve Turkish ISAF service members and two civilians died in the crash.

“My deepest sympathies go out to the families of these ISAF service members and the Afghan civilians who died as a result of this unfortunate incident,” Allen said.

“Turkey has been a steadfast ally and stalwart member of the NATO ISAF coalition from the beginning,” he said.

“These service members put their lives on the line each day they donned the Turkish uniform in order to help build a better life for another proud and noble nation, and I pay tribute to their service. I am honored to have led them in a mission for which their families can be incredibly proud.”