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Insurgents attack medical evacuation helicopter

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A medical evacuation helicopter, marked with the universally recognized Red Cross symbol, came under attack by insurgents May 13 while medical providers attempted to recover a wounded service member in Sangin District, Helmand province.

Insurgents opened fire on the evacuation helicopter as it approached the designated landing area near where the service member had been injured by an improvised explosive device.

A combined Afghan and coalition dismounted patrol conducting clearing operations struck an IED resulting in one coalition soldier wounded. The combined force moved to a nearby area suitable for a helicopter landing, and called for medical evacuation.

"Attacking a medical evacuation helicopter is un-Islamic, inhumane, and a further demonstration of insurgent hypocrisy," said U.S. Marine Corps Col. Scott Alley, ISAF Joint Command Combined Joint Operations Center director.

Article by ISAF Joint Command