The Osprey crashed in a military training www.louisvuitonbagshop.com area southwest of Agadir, Morocco, after taking off from aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, said Capt. Kevin Schultz, a Marine spokesman at the Pentagon in Washington.
Schultz said the Osprey, which takes off and lands like a helicopter and flies like an airplane, was participating in a U.S.-Moroccan military exercise known as "African Lion."
The 10-day exercise was set to end April 17 louis vuitton men bags and involves 1,000 U.S. Marines and 200 soldiers, sailors and airmen. They were working with some 900 Moroccan soldiers.
According to the U.S. Marine website, the exercise involved "everything from combined arms fire and maneuver ranges, aerial refueling and deliveries of supplies, to command post and non-lethal weapons training."
The main unit involved in the exercise is the 14th best in ear headphones Marines, a reserve artillery regiment based in Fort Worth, Texas, but also includes members of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit based in Camp Lejeune, North Caroline.
The goal of the exercise is to train the two countries' forces to work together.
Further information about the crash was being withheld until the next of kin of the killed and injured Marines were notified, said Rodney Ford, spokesman of the U.S. Embassy in Rabat.
"We are taking a lot of preventative measures," Wardak said, adding that the attacks were "very tragic." "We are doing much better vetting in our recruiting centers, requiring two individuals as guarantors for every applicant and are doing full background checks on all of our soldiers."
Afghanistan's military is raising the security level snapbacks within the units, restricting mobile phone usage for soldiers and instituting new drug test requirements, Wardak also said. Some 150,000 Afghan soldiers have already undergone enhanced background checks, Wardak said.
"That is just a short number of the measures we are taking," he said.
Green-on-blue killings have risen to the forefront of American and Afghan officials' concerns after a spate of incidents this year suggested that they may be on the rise or part of a concerted effort by the Taliban to disrupt America's withdrawal plan. The Americans' exit louis vuitton men bags ultimately hinges on preparing Afghan forces to take over national security.
In February, two American officers attached to the Afghan Interior Ministry were shot point-blank while at work inside the ministry compound, prompting NATO nations to pull out their forces from all Afghan government facilities.
A new visual project by the New America Foundation tracking incidents of green-on-blue violence has identified 34 separate incidents in which 81 NATO troops were killed by the Afghan army or police.
Fifty-two of those killed in this fashion since 2007 have been gucci bags Americans, according to U.S. officials; this tally includes 10 incidents this year. The vast majority of green-on-blue attacks have occurred in the past two years.
"This pattern of attacks raises a fundamental problem for the plans of the United States and other NATO countries to draw down their forces over the next two years," wrote New America's Peter Bergen in an introduction to his group's visual project.
In a speech late last month at the Brookings Institution, Marine Corps General John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, acknowledged that the attacks had gucci handbags caused "an erosion of trust" between American and Afghan forces.