[R-G] Iraqi insurgents shoot down US chopper
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Fri Jan 2 13:12:18 MST 2004
Iraqi insurgents shoot down US chopper
Friday 02 January 2004, 21:53 Makka Time, 18:53 GMT
Guerrillas have shot down a US military helicopter in central Iraq, killing
one pilot and injuring another, officials and witnesses said.
The OH-58 observation chopper crashed around 12:20 p.m. (09:20 GMT) in
Falluja, west of Baghdad, after it came under resistance fire, the U.S.
Central Command said.
A policeman who witnessed the crash said the aircraft was apparently hit by
"We were in a joint patrol with U.S. troops to remove landmines and I saw a
helicopter hovering in the sky which was hit by a missile," policeman
Mohammad Abdul Aziz said. "It was split into two and went down in flames."
It was the fifth U.S. helicopter shot down by guerrillas in Iraq in recent
months. In November, they brought down three Black Hawk utility helicopters
and a Chinook transporter, killing a total of 39 U.S. soldiers.
The latest death brings to 328 the number of U.S. servicemen killed in
enemy action since coalition forces invaded Iraq in March.
Aljazeera's correspondent in Iraq reports that an Iraqi was killed and
another was wounded on Friday when US forces opened fire randomly at the
car they were travelling in.
The incident took place after a US convoy came under attack from an
improvised explosive device near Ramadi, west of Iraq.
Witnesses told our correspondent that the explosion left causalities among
the US soldiers and set an oil-truck ablaze. As a result, the US forces
sealed off the highway and launched a search operation.
US forces on Friday arrested what they called a "foreigner" accused of
smuggling foreign fighters into Iraq.
The arrest took place in the Ramadi city of Rutba, near the Iraqi-Jordanian
borders. "This afternoon at 12:35 am (09:35 GMT), elements of the 3rd
Armored Cavalry Regiment captured Abu Muhammad... a key facilitator
operating in the al-Anbar province," the US military said in a statement.
"He is believed to be responsible for moving foreign fighters
and large sums of cash throughout the area of operations."
Ten people referred to as "terrorists" by the US military were also
captured in the same area.
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