US military helicopter ‘crashes near Baghdad’


Rumsfeld in Iraq, cartoon by Steve Bell

From the BBC [UPDATE; where the crash was later confirmed, on the same, updated, page]:

Helicopter ‘crashes near Baghdad

The Unites States military in Iraq says it is checking reports that a helicopter has gone down north of the capital, Baghdad.

Police and witnesses reported seeing a helicopter come down near a US air base at Taji, shortly after dawn.

If confirmed, it would be the fourth helicopter lost in two weeks.

Last month, 12 US soldiers died when a Black Hawk military helicopter crashed near Baghdad. The helicopter is believed to have been shot down.

The US military has lost more than 50 military helicopters in Iraq since May 2003.

May 2003 being the time of George W Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech on Iraq …

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