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US military plane crashes in Afghanistan

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"A U.S. Bombardier E-11A crashed today in Ghazni province, Afghanistan. While the cause of crash is under investigation, there are no indications the crash was caused by enemy fire. We will provide additional information as it becomes available," Col. Sonny Leggett

said in a tweet

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"Taliban claims that additional aircraft have crashed are false," he added.

CNN reported earlier Monday that the US military was investigating reports of a plane crash in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, according to a US official.

The official could not add any further details.

Multiple reports had emerged of a plane crash in the region, which is largely controlled by the Taliban and lies to the southwest of the Afghan capital of Kabul.

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Monday he is "aware of the situation" but would not elaborate with any more details, saying "he has nothing further to report at this time." Esper assured that the Pentagon will update the media when the "matter develops."

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."

It operates as part of the Air Force's Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN), which was developed in direct response to communication shortfalls during Operation Red Wings, a joint US military mission in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, in 2005, according to

a press release published by the service in 2018.

"Due to Afghanistan's mountainous terrain and lack of existing communication infrastructure, serious communication challenges prevented the four-man SEAL patrol from effectively establishing contact with their combat operations center, leaving them vulnerable to the attacks that claimed the lives of 19 special operations forces service members," it said.

Between 12,000 and 13,000 US troops are currently serving in Afghanistan as part of a US-led NATO mission to train, assist and advise Afghan forces.

There have been more than 2,400 deaths of US service members since the start of America's longest war in 2001. Last year was the deadliest in five years for the US in Afghanistan, with 23 service members killed during operations in the country in 2019.

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Afghan plane crash: Mystery over crash in Taliban territory - BBC News - YouTube

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Afghan plane crash: US jet comes down in Taliban territory

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The US military has confirmed one of its planes crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday.

Col Sonny Leggett said: "While the cause of crash is under investigation, there are no indications the crash was caused by enemy fire."

The aircraft crashed in Deh Yak district, Ghazni province, an area with a strong Taliban presence.

It is unclear how many people were on board.

Col Leggett denied Taliban claims that additional aircraft had crashed.

Taliban social media accounts have posted unverified footage showing a burnt-out plane with US Air Force markings.

The video shows a Bombardier E-11A - the type of jet used by the US Air Force for electronic surveillance over Afghanistan.

Afghan authorities had initially said the crash plane belonged to state-owned airline Ariana, but the company quickly said all its planes were accounted for.

While helicopters have proven vulnerable and accident-prone in Afghanistan, the loss of a US fixed-wing aircraft is relatively rare.

But the Taliban are not believed to have the sorts of anti-aircraft missiles needed to bring down a high-flying aircraft.

The plane involved is an E-11A, one of only four in the whole US Air Force.

Essentially it is an adapted Bombardier executive jet, chosen for its ability to fly at high altitude and with extended range. It is packed with electronics: its job is to enable better communications between air and ground forces, and between different types of aircraft operating in difficult terrain or using incompatible data links.

It is a bit like the wi-fi range extender that you install in a room with a poor signal. The aircraft - along with similar electronics mounted on unmanned systems - have played an important role in the Afghan conflict, where the mountainous landscape is a major problem for modern military communications.

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Afghan plane crash: US jet comes down in Taliban territory

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The US military has confirmed one of its planes crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday.

Col Sonny Leggett said: "While the cause of crash is under investigation, there are no indications the crash was caused by enemy fire."

The aircraft crashed in Deh Yak district, Ghazni province, an area with a strong Taliban presence.

It is unclear how many people were on board.

Col Leggett denied Taliban claims that additional aircraft had crashed.

Taliban social media accounts have posted unverified footage showing a burnt-out plane with US Air Force markings.

The video shows a Bombardier E-11A - the type of jet used by the US Air Force for electronic surveillance over Afghanistan.

Afghan authorities had initially said the crash plane belonged to state-owned airline Ariana, but the company quickly said all its planes were accounted for.

While helicopters have proven vulnerable and accident-prone in Afghanistan, the loss of a US fixed-wing aircraft is relatively rare.

But the Taliban are not believed to have the sorts of anti-aircraft missiles needed to bring down a high-flying aircraft.

The plane involved is an E-11A, one of only four in the whole US Air Force.

Essentially it is an adapted Bombardier executive jet, chosen for its ability to fly at high altitude and with extended range. It is packed with electronics: its job is to enable better communications between air and ground forces, and between different types of aircraft operating in difficult terrain or using incompatible data links.

It is a bit like the wi-fi range extender that you install in a room with a poor signal. The aircraft - along with similar electronics mounted on unmanned systems - have played an important role in the Afghan conflict, where the mountainous landscape is a major problem for modern military communications.

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Leff: “It has been an honor to serve on this beloved island” | Law

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After four years at the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on the Island, Douglas Leff will be transferred to the agency's headquarters in Washington, the official confirmed to  EL VOCERO .

"Yes, confirmed, there is a group of very talented executives who would like to replace me and there will be a good transition," Leff said in written statements. It is unknown who will be his substitute.

Leff said he doesn't know the precise date he will start working in Washington, but that it would be between the end of February and the beginning of March.

"I will be the deputy director in charge of the Inspection Division, which is located in the Edgar Hoover building," he explained.

“It has been an honor to serve on this beloved island. I want to inform all Puerto Ricans that at any time they visit Washington, they can call me and I will arrange a tour of the new museum within the FBI headquarters, ”he added.

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Leff was appointed director of the FBI in Puerto Rico on December 16, 2015, replacing Carlos Cases.

Throughout his career, the outgoing FBI chief has specialized in organized crime, money laundering, terrorist financing and asset forfeiture investigations.

In 2007 he was promoted to supervisory positions on organized crime in New York. Between 2003 and 2009 he served as a special assistant to the United States attorney in the eastern district of New York. During that time, Leff helped fight organized crime, drug trafficking, internet fraud and terrorist financing.

In 2009 he was promoted to head of the Unit for Confiscation of Assets and Money Laundering of the Financial Crimes section of the FBI headquarters in Washington and three years later he became a special agent in the Financial Crimes Branch in New York.

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5 controversies that followed the now former director of the FBI in PR

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The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Puerto Rico, Douglas Leff, was promoted and will be abandoning his position on the island.

In the course of his work on the island, Leff starred in several news that kept him in the public eye of the country.

Here are five memorable moments in Leff's career in Puerto Rico:

1. The “free pon” that I have offered to the corrupt in Puerto Rico politics

After the federal investigation that led to the arrests of Isoel Sánchez, Chrystal Robles Baez and Ángel Figueroa linked to a scheme of “ghost employees” in the Capitol. Leff urged corrupt politicians to cooperate with their investigation "or receive free pon for federal jail."

2. “Busy summer” although investigations continue

Although he fulfilled his promise that he would have a "busy summer" in which several corrupt officials of the Government of Puerto Rico would be arrested, the investigations initiated by Leff are still ongoing and have not translated into sentences at the time. However, in the case of the “phantom employees” of the Capitol, the three defendants pleaded guilty to the scheme.

3. Shut up on corruption cases

Just when he promised the busy summer, Leff went from multiple public appearances to sepulchral silence, vowing not to issue more public statements about irregular acts in the Government at the time.

4. Evasive about his relationship with Rosa Emilia Rodríguez

After the controversies unleashed by the scenario of "terror" in the workplace of the Federal Prosecutor's Office of Puerto Rico, and questioned about his relationship with the then head of federal prosecutors, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez, Leff evaded offering details.

"Actually the most important relationship is between our agents and the assistant prosecutors ... Often I personally see trials in the prosecution and the skills of the prosecutors in that office are magnificent. My opinion personally is not reported," he said at the time. Leff.

5. Allana municipal tower of San Juan but have not made arrests

During his business, Leff and his agents raided the Municipal Tower of San Juan for an alleged pattern of favoritism in the purchasing area of ​​the municipality to benefit specific suppliers and argues that the city administration retaliated against the plaintiff during the administration of Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto.

Leff called on anyone who knows about destruction and / or falsification of documents to contact the FBI after claiming that part of the information or equipment they came to look for in the search "or were destroyed or moved to another facility in the municipality"

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