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Rallies halt shipment of NATO supplies

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistan halted NATO supply shipments to Afghanistan on Saturday after thousands of protesters rallied on the main road to the border to demand that Washington stop firing missiles against militants sheltering inside the country.

Much of the nonlethal supplies for foreign troops in landlocked Afghanistan come through Pakistan after arriving at the port in the southern city of Karachi. Militants often attack the convoys, and last September, Pakistan closed the border for 20 days to protest a NATO helicopter strike inside its borders.

The demonstration was held by the political party of Imran Khan, a former captain of Pakistan's cricket team. He has called for peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban and has long opposed the drone strikes in the border region. Last year, there were more than 100 such attacks, the most yet.

"We will continue our campaign until America stops killing our innocent people," he told around 3,000 protesters on the outskirts of Peshawar, around 35 miles from the Afghan border.



NATO service member killed in copter crash

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A helicopter from the NATO-led coalition crashed Saturday in a mountainous area of eastern Afghanistan where fighting has intensified, killing one foreign service member, NATO said.

The Taliban claimed insurgents shot down the helicopter with a rocket. Spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said that other coalition helicopters flew to the crash site and fired weapons to destroy the wreckage. However, NATO did not confirm the helicopter was shot down.

"As coalition rescue forces arrived at the crash site, they immediately came under enemy fire," NATO said in a statement.

It said coalition forces returned fire while working to evacuate the two crew members. One died at the scene in Alasay district of eastern Kapisa province, NATO said.