NewsNation | March 12, 2013
>>> more tragic news out of afghanistan . an american helicopter crashed near kandahar monday killing all five american service members on board. it made monday the deadliest day so far for u.s. troops in afghanistan . hours earlier, officials say two u.s. special ops forces were gunned down in an insider attack by an afghan policeman in afghanistan . all of this follows chuck hagel 's rocky visit over the weekend. it was marked by president hamid karzai accusing the u.s. of clueding with the taliban. it caused some members to questions where we go from here.
>> how much are taxpayers in this country going to still be on the line for the highways and power grid for karzai who clearly is off the reservation now? we have been their gdp in afghanistan for the last several years. if we're no longer there, you know, i want to make sure that american taxpayers have the full picture of what we may be asked to continue to do to support this guy that clearly doesn't appreciate what we've done.
>> nbc's mike taibbi innings ever joins us now from kabul. what can you tell us regarding the circumstances of this helicopter crash ?
>> there's not a whole lot that's out right now because the investigation is just underway. as you point out, it has been a violent several days in afghanistan . two suicide attacks on saturday. the insider attack that you referred to now, this awful helicopter crash last night. it happened in kandahar province about 280 miles southwest of kabul, raining heavily we were told by people in kandahar when that black hawk went down with a crew of five aboard. all five the pentagon confirm were u.s. service members. we were told by a coalition spokesman that there was no hint of enemy activity at the time of the incident. in fact that part of kandahar province has been one of the relatively safe parts of the country for some time now. and as you said, to the two deaths of those special forces troops and the insider attack. the total of seven deaths on monday made at this time worst single day of the year so far in terms of american losses. that attack as you said was a single gunman, a lone gunman , dressed in an official uniform who opened fire on afghan troops who had just come out of a meeting in wardak province . while all signs point to an accident last night as the cause of those deaths, the investigation is just