Jan 28, 2020 12:49 UTC
  • Taliban repel Afghan forces’ attempt to reach US spy plane crash site

The Taliban say they have repelled an attempt by Afghan government forces to reach the site of a crashed US spy plane in Ghazni province.

According to Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, clashes erupted as the government forces, backed by the US military, tried for the second time to reach the wreckage site in the militants' stronghold.

"Taliban fighters on the ground counted six bodies at the site of the U.S. airplane crash," he said, adding there was uncertainty regarding the total fatality count because the fire had consumed everything.

The American spy plane, a Bombardier E-11A, came down in the central province early Monday.

Following the incident, the Taliban claimed they had shot down.

No US official has dared to visit the site of the crash.

The Taliban said Tuesday they would only allow a rescue team access to recover bodies from the site.

US media broke their partial news blackout on the incident, with some reporting the crash late on Monday.

The aircraft has been identified as Bombardier E-11A belonging to the US Air Force. It is the military variant of the civil Bombardier BD-700 Global Express for use as overhead communications-relay platform in Southwest Asia.

The E-11A is used to link troops in the field to headquarters and has been previously described by Air Force pilots as “WiFi in the sky.”

Meanwhile, Veterans Today website, has quoted Russian intelligence sources as saying that that the notorious Michael D’Andrea, head of US intelligence operations against Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan, and in charge of the CIA assassination programs in the region, was also on that plane.

The criminal D'Andrea is said to have led the US terrorist drone operation that assassinated Lt. General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq.