Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Another US helicopter down

Five US helicopters have been downed in less than 3 weeks.

This article reports:
But the high number lost in such a short time had raised questions about whether militants had changed tactics or were using more sophisticated weapons.
Here again we are left with an impression that US military is flatfooted in intelligence. So in the dark that militants have upgraded their weapons capabilities to the degree that they can down US helicopters, and we can only guess that they might have changed tactics?

Into this we are being compelled to send more young American boys and girls.

US confirms helicopter downed in Iraq

By Reuters, Wed Feb 7 2007 12:41 PM GMT

The U.S. military confirmed on Wednesday that a transport helicopter had come down near Baghdad but declined comment on any casualties.

“We have a CH-46 that is down,” U.S. military spokesman Major-General William Caldwell told reporters, referring to the twin-rotor Sea Knight, the Marine version of the Chinook, which can carry up to 55 passengers and two crew.

Local reports suggested that the helicopter had either crashed or made an emergency landing.

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