US helicopter down, soldiers die, in Iraq

This video from the USA is about an Iraq Veterans Against the War demonstration in New York City.

From the BBC in Britain:

US helicopter troops die in Iraq

The Chinook CH-47 is manufactured by the Boeing corporation

A US military helicopter has crashed in southern Iraq, killing seven US soldiers, the military has said.

The CH-47 Chinook helicopter made a “hard landing” shortly after midnight on Thursday about 96km (60 miles) west of the city of Basra, it said.

The helicopter was flying from Kuwait in a convoy that was heading to a US military base north of Baghdad. An investigation is under way.

The US currently has around 147,000 troops based in Iraq.

Negotiations over the future status of the US troops are underway between Washington and Baghdad.

A UN mandate covering the presence of foreign troops in Iraq expires at the end of 2008.

The troop negotiations are in the infamous “Green zone” of Baghdad; with the “sovereign” Baghdad government being spied upon by the Bush administration, and having United States guns pointed at its head.

How many more soldiers (and Iraqi civilians) will have to die in this terrible war before the troops at last will go home to the USA?

1 thought on “US helicopter down, soldiers die, in Iraq

  1. AP, Oct 3, 9:01 PM EDT

    US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,177

    As of Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, at least 4,177 members of the U.S. military have died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

    The figure includes eight military civilians killed in action. At least 3,382 military personnel died as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers.

    The AP count is one fewer than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated Friday at 10 a.m. EDT.

    The British military has reported 176 deaths; Italy, 33; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 21; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Denmark, seven; El Salvador, five; Slovakia, four; Latvia and Georgia, three each; Estonia, Netherlands, Thailand and Romania, two each; and Australia, Hungary, Kazakhstan and South Korea, one death each.

    The latest deaths reported by the military:

    – A soldier was killed Thursday by a roadside bomb near Amarah.

    The latest identifications reported by the military:

    – Army Pfc. Christopher A. Bartkiewicz, 25, Dunfermline, Ill.; killed Tuesday in Baghdad by small-arms fire; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany.


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