Wednesday, September 17, 2008

US helicopter crashes in Iraq

CNN reports that a helicopter has crashed in Iraq claiming the lives of 5 US service members. Sameer N. Yacoub (AP) says the death toll is "seven U.S. soldiers" and cites M-NF as the source.

Currently M-NF offers "Five killed in CH-47 hard landing west of BasraMulti-National Corps-Iraq PAO:"

BASRA AIR STATION, Iraq -- Five U.S. Soldiers were killed when a CH-47 Chinook experienced a hard landing at approximately 12:01 a.m. about 100 km west of Basra Thursday.
The Chinook was a part of an aerial convoy flying from Kuwait to Balad.
A Quick Reaction Force was dispatched from Basra. A road convoy in the vicinity was also diverted to the scene.
The names of those killed are pending notification of next of kin.
The incident is under investigation.

And today's snapshot noted the shooting of two soldiers. M-NF has issued this press release on that incident:

U.S. Soldiers killed in shooting incident Multi-National Division -- Center PAO
CAMP VICTORY, Iraq -- The Department of Defense Monday released the names of two Multi-National Division -- Center Soldiers killed Sunday morning in a non-hostile incident.
Staff Sgt. Darris J. Dawson, 24, of Pensacola, Fla., and Sgt. Wesley R. Durbin, 26, of Hurst, Texas were victims of an early morning shooting incident at their patrol base near Iskandariyah, Iraq.
Sergeants Dawson and Durbin were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.
A U.S. Soldier is in custody in connection with the shooting deaths. He is being held in custody pending review by a military magistrate.
The incident continues under investigation.

ICCC lists 4166 as the total number of US service members who have died in the illegal war since the start of the illegal war (which is counting five dying in the crash and not seven).

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