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U.S. President Barack Obama holds a conference call from Camp David, Maryland, in this August 6, 2011 photo release. A NATO helicopter crashed during a battle with the Taliban in Afghanistan, killing 31 U.S. soldiers and seven Afghans, the Afghan president said on Saturday, the deadliest single incident for foreign troops in 10 years of war.
Credit: Reuters/Pete Souza/The White House/Handout
Wed Oct 12, 2011 5:02pm EDT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military has completed its investigation of an August helicopter crash in Afghanistan that killed 30 American troops, the deadliest incident for U.S. forces in the decade-long war, a U.S. military official said on Wednesday.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the matter has not yet been made public, declined to disclose the conclusions of the investigation.
The results of the probe are expected to be released later this week, the official said.
The investigation, led by Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Colt, had been expected to determine the cause of the crash and potentially make recommendations about how to better avoid a similar incident in the future.
The U.S. military initially blamed a Taliban-fired rocket-propelled grenade for downing the CH-47 helicopter carrying the U.S. forces but did not rule out other possible causes. Most of the American victims were elite Navy SEALs.
Eight Afghans also were killed in the crash in a remote valley southwest of Kabul.
(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Bill Trott)
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