Pakistan to Hand Over Stealth Chopper Tail

...which means China won't get to see it
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2011 7:37 AM CDT
Pakistan to Hand Over Stealth Chopper Tail
In this May 2, 2011 file photo, taken by a local resident, shows the wreckage of a helicopter next to the wall of the compound where Osama bin Laden was shot and killed.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Zubair, File)

(Newser) – It looks like China won't get its coveted peek at the super-secret helicopter that crashed outside of Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound. John Kerry got Pakistan to agree to hand over the tail section to the US during yesterday's meeting with Pakistani officials. Kerry told reporters "we'll take possession of that in a coordinated operation that will take place with them" today, reports CNN.

The Wall Street Journal notes that Kerry said the move was one of several steps the two countries have decided to take in an effort to mend relations; he didn't disclose the other steps. US officials had feared the tail section, which wasn't destroyed when US special forces blew up the downed copter, would end up in Chinese hands. (Read more Abbottabad stories.)

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