"This was a new lesson from the resistance"
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Sun Nov 2 07:31:50 MST 2003
LA Times, Nov. 2, 2003
Chopper Shot Down in Iraq, Killing 13 GIs
By TINI TRAN, Associated Press Writer
FALLUJAH, Iraq A U.S. Chinook helicopter carrying troops en route home
for leave was struck by a missile Sunday and crashed west of Baghdad,
killing 13 soldiers and wounding more than 20, the U.S. command and
It was the deadliest day for American troops in the six-month-old
occupation of Iraq, and the second-deadliest since the U.S. invasion in
March that ousted Saddam Hussein.
The Chinook shootdown was a major new blow in an Iraq insurgency that
escalated in recent days -- a "tough week," in the words of the U.S.
occupation chief. Other U.S. soldiers were reported killed Sunday in ground
attacks here and elsewhere in central Iraq.
The attacks came amid threats attributed to Saddam's party of a wave of
violence against the U.S. occupation, though there was still no sign of the
rumored "Day of Resistance" allegedly planned for Saturday in Baghdad.
The aircraft was hit at about 9 a.m. and crashed amid cornfields near the
village of Hasi, about 40 miles southwest of Baghdad and just south of
Fallujah, a center of Sunni Muslim resistance to the U.S. occupation. The
U.S. military command said a search was under way for more survivors.
At the scene, villagers proudly showed off blackened pieces of wreckage to
Others celebrated word of the helicopter downing, as well as a fresh attack
on U.S. soldiers in Fallujah itself, where witnesses said an explosion
struck one vehicle in a U.S. Army convoy at about 9 a.m. Sunday. They
claimed four soldiers died, but U.S. military sources said they couldn't
confirm the report.
"This was a new lesson from the resistance, a lesson to the greedy
aggressors," one Fallujah resident, who wouldn't give his name, said of the
helicopter downing. "They'll never be safe until they get out of our
country," he said of the Americans.
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