&to=http:// english.pravda.ru/world/20/91/365/14707_coldwar.html' target=_blank>NATO helicopter gunships found the shattered wreckage of a missing Afghan airliner on a frigid mountain east of the capital Saturday, and officials said they believed none of the 104 people aboard could have survived the crash.
Six Americans were believed to have been on board, the U.S. Embassy in &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/war/2001/11/14/20929.html' target=_blank>Kabul said, double the number previously reported.
Afghan police struggled through deep snow to within sight of the scattered debris, but reported no sign of life beyond scavenging animals and birds and were forced back by darkness and plummeting temperatures, says ABC News.
"So far we don't think there are any survivors," interior ministry spokesman Lutfullah Mashal said. "The plane is completely destroyed."
The wreckage was found in mountains 20km east of Kabul at around 0930 GMT during a search operation by Afghan police, army and peacekeeping troops from the International Security Assistance Force (&to=http:// english.pravda.ru/world/2002/07/18/32750.html' target=_blank>ISAF), he said.
Representatives of the Israeli Defence Ministry responded to recent reports about the possible delivery of S-300 SAM systems from Russia to Syria. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would destroy those systems
Russia is to start supplying S-300 air defence systems to Syria in the near future. The shipments will be conducted free of charge