US copter crashes as at least 15 dead
A Sea Knight helicopter went down northwest of Baghdad on Wednesday, the military said, the fifth helicopter lost in Iraq in just over two weeks. According to the AP, the CH-46 helicopter went down about 20 miles northwest of the capital, U.S. military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said.
"A quick reaction force is on site and the investigation is going on as we speak," he said. "It would probably be inappropriate for me to talk about whether or not there are or are not casualties."
Witnesses said the helicopter had been shot down in a field in the Sheik Amir area northwest of Baghdad. The reports came five days after a U.S. Army helicopter crashed in a hail of gunfire north of Baghdad, police and witnesses said.
At least 15 people died in attacks nationwide on Wednesday, including two employees of the government-funded Iraqi Media Network in Baghdad and a female government official who was shot dead while she was riding to work with her husband in the northern city of Mosul.