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The Secretary of defense mark Esper has denied reports about the death of the employees of the Central intelligence Agency (CIA) in the crash of a reconnaissance plane of the U.S. air force in Afghanistan. About it tells TASS.
Esper said that the crash killed the Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. air force, Paul Voss and captain Ryan Fanof. The first was 46 years old, the second — 30. “We conducted an operation for removal [of human remains], and investigating the causes of the disaster. Thank Afghan partners for cooperation”, — quotes Agency of his word.
The statement of the Minister at the press conference was a response to the information of the movement “Taliban” (banned in Russia) that the crash killed a senior American intelligence officers.
On 27 January it was reported that in Ghazni crashed airliner Ariana Afghan Airlines flying to new Delhi, but the airline denied this information. Later an anonymous American official said that the aircraft belonged to the US Armed forces — at the crash site identified Bombardier E-11A BACN, which is used as the air communication unit of the mountainous landscape.
The responsibility for what happened took on the Taliban. The U.S. side acknowledged the loss of the aircraft, however the representative of command of U.S. Colonel Sonny Leggett denied the involvement of the Taliban to collapse. According to him, the cause of the accident is being investigated.
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