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BANG! Got Another One! Five Occupational Helicopters Shot Down This Month

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BANG! Got Another One! Five Occupational Helicopters Shot Down This Month
When will you Zionist Pigs learn? Get the hell out now!

Seven people were killed Wednesday when a Marine helicopter crashed outside Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

Crew members and passengers were on the CH-46 Sea Knight when it went down in Anbar province. The military said the cause of the crash is under investigation.

It was the fifth U.S. helicopter to go down in Iraq in almost three weeks. (Watch smoke and flames spew from the downed chopper Video)

An umbrella insurgent group claimed responsibility for downing the helicopter and "burning it down completely," according to a claim posted on various Islamist Web sites.

CNN was unable to confirm the authenticity of the statement from the group, which includes al Qaeda in Iraq.

The Internet posting says that "the defense air brigade of the Islamic state of Iraq" shot down a Chinook helicopter in the Karma region of Anbar province, near Falluja.

The U.S. military said the chopper was a CH-46 Sea Knight, not a Chinook.

"And hundreds of people, at least, watched it burn and their voices shouted, 'God is great,' thanking God," the Web posting says.

"And we say to the enemy of God that these are the proofs of God's conquest that he bestowed upon us so all thanks and praises are due to Him."

The posting is signed by "the Ministry of Information/Islamic State in Iraq."

U.S. military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said a quick-reaction force went to the site of the downed helicopter, 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of the capital. Though the cause of the crash was not immediately known, military officials said they believe there is enemy action in the area.

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

Four other U.S. helicopters -- three military and one civilian -- were shot down in Iraq between January 20 and last Friday, raising concerns that insurgents are becoming more proficient at downing the aircraft. (Map)

Sixteen U.S. troops died in the three military helicopter crashes, and five employees of the Blackwater private security company were killed when their helicopter came under heavy fire January 23 in eastern Baghdad.

The Senate Armed Services Committee raised the issue during a hearing Tuesday on the military budget.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut independent, asked Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, if the helicopter attacks mean "that enemy forces have achieved some higher level of capability with shoulder-fired missiles."

Pace responded that it was his understanding the choppers were shot down with small arms, not missiles.

He said each incident is investigated.

"At this point and time, I do not know whether or not it is the law of averages that caught up with us or if there's been a change in tactics, techniques and procedures on the part of the enemy, which is what the investigation will do," Pace said. (Watch why the U.S. may need to rethink how it protects helicopters in Iraq Video)
Iraqis targeted

Gunmen and bombers targeted government employees, Iraqi forces and civilians in attacks in Baghdad on Wednesday, authorities said.

[link to www.cnn.com]

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Re: BANG! Got Another One! Five Occupational Helicopters Shot Down This Month
Resistance will not end from now until the day the last US occupational forces leave Iraq and they will be shot in the back!

Long before you kill them all your will to kill and your ability will be gone.

Iraqs fight is existential therefore they cannot lose without being annihilated.