Sunday, January 08, 2006
CNN: U.S. helicopter crash kills 12 in Iraq
Five U.S. Marines also slain over weekend, military says
The helicopter, which was carrying a crew of four and eight passengers, was flying between bases in the north of the country, according to news releases from the U.S. military.
A search-and-rescue team found the crash site about noon (4 a.m. ET).
The military also announced the deaths of five U.S. Marines in three different Iraqi towns Saturday and Sunday.
Insurgents in Falluja killed three Marines during separate gunbattles Sunday. Falluja is about 35 miles (56 kilometers) west of Baghdad in restive Anbar province.
On Saturday, roadside bombs killed two Marines, one near al-Karma and another near Ferris. Both towns are near Falluja.
Since the war began, 2,198 U.S. service members serving in Iraq have died.
At least 13 people, including six Iraqi police commandos, were wounded when a suicide car bomb exploded Saturday as a police commando patrol was passing by, police said.
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