Overuse, maintenance problems strain Afghan army helicopter fleet

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IN—A deadly mix of hard use and poor maintenance has taken a heavy toll in recent months on Afghanistan's ageing fleet of Soviet-era helicopters, one of the mainstays of its air support while U.S. Black Hawk helicopters enter service over coming years.

Afghan army spokesman says death toll from mosque explosion at army base in volatile eastern province has risen to 27. KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan army spokesman says death toll from mosque explosion at army base in volatile eastern province has risen to 27.