US confirms Afghanistan jet crash; no evidence of Taliban shoot-down Jan 28, 2020 0 79 12345 DPAKabul/WashingtonThe US has confirmed a military plane crashed in Afghanistan on Monday, but rejected claims by the Taliban that the insurgent forces downed the jet.“A US 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,” Colonel Sonny Leggett, a spokesman, said in a statement.“Taliban claims that additional aircraft have crashed are false,” he added.The Taliban had claimed their forces shot down a US spy plane, leading to the death of a number of intelligence officers. There was no information from the US side on the crew, with the military authorities pledging to provide further information when it was available.Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said all crew members on board were killed. The crash area is controlled by the Taliban.US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said he was “aware of the situation” but had “nothing further to report at this time.” Taliban forces have in the past claimed to have successfully shot down Afghan or US helicopters or drones, but those claims are not always verified. RELATED ARTICLES Real number of Wuhan coronavirus cases is 25,000, says HK expert Jan 28, 2020 0 1500 Global alarm grows as China’s capital Beijing reports first virus death, raising toll to 82 Jan 28, 2020 0 441 Bolton book revelations roil Trump impeachment trial Jan 28, 2020 0 297 Billie Eilish dominates the Grammys as music world mourns Kobe AFP Los Angeles Pop iconoclast Billie Eilish cleaned up at the Grammys on Sunday, winning five awards, as the music world mourned the loss of LA’s hometown basketball hero Kobe Bryant with a series of emotional tributes. .. WHO corrects China virus global risk level to ‘high’ Geneva: The World Health Organization on Monday admitted an error in its assessment of the global risk of a deadly virus in China, saying it was “high” and not “moderate”. The Geneva-based UN health agency said in a .. Pakistan’s police arrest activist critical of military Islamabad: Police in Pakistan have arrested an activist whose fierce criticism of the military’s alleged connection with Islamist militants brought thousands out to public rallies, in a rare challenge to the army’s .. Nearly 500 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean seek safe ports In the central Mediterranean: Nearly 500 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean by two boats run by aid agencies were looking for safe ports in Malta and Italy, the groups said on Monday. The Ocean Viking, a rescue vessel .. UK unveils new visa scheme for scientists after Brexit afp London Britain on Sunday announced a new fast-track visa scheme for top scientists, researchers and mathematicians as it prepares a new immigration system for life outside the European Union. Prime Minister Boris .. At least 44 dead in Brazil floods, risk of further landslides Buenos Aires: Devastating floods and landslides in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state have killed at least 44 people, the country’s emergency services said on Sunday. Another 19 people were missing and others injured by the .. France asks US to keep up ‘critical’ military support in West Africa Washington: France on Monday asked the United States to keep supporting its operations against Islamist extremists in West Africa, after the New York Times reported that the US is considering pulling out of the region. ..