They Continue To “Bring It On”

AnotherUS helicopter is shot down in Iraq.

The U.S. military sent a quick-reaction force to the site of a downed helicopter about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad on Wednesday, the U.S. military said.

The downed chopper is a CH-46 Sea Knight, and the cause of the crash is unknown, said U.S. military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell. He did not provide further details.

Two witnesses told Reuters they saw a twin-rotor Chinook transport helicopter crash amid gunfire from the ground Wednesday.

The Chinook and Sea Knight are similar twin-rotor helicopters, and according to Boeing, which manufactures the choppers, the Chinook was designed for the Army while the Sea Knight was produced for the Navy.

Four U.S. helicopters — three military and one civilian — were shot down in Iraq between January 20 and Friday, raising concerns that insurgents are becoming more proficient at downing the aircraft. Sixteen U.S. troops were killed in the three military chopper crashes.

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  1. Every time I hear of another helio down I am reminded of the stinger missiles we provided to the Taliban in Afghanistan. The ability to bring down Soviet helios is considered to be the turning point in that war. It may very well be the abandon all hope point in this one as well.

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