Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, the chief American military spokesman in Iraq confirmed that 4 helicopters lost recently in Iraq did not crash but were brought down by enemy fire…
This is the first time that the US military has publicly
acknowledged that the four US helicopters were lost to enemy fire and
not to crashes as announced earlier.
He said that “it
does appear they were all the result of some kind of anti-Iraqi ground
fire that did bring those helicopters down.”
Tomorrow’s Stars and Stripes has an article on downed helicopters in Iraq. It included this bit of info…
According to the latest numbers from the Brookings Institution’s Iraq index,
more than 52 American military helicopters have been lost since May 2003, with
about half of those shot down by enemy fire.
The precise numbers from Brookings Institute Iraq Index (p.22)…
Of the 53 helicopters downed in Iraq since May
2003, at least 27 were downed by enemy fire.
I didn’t realize it was that many.