Deadly Weekend for U.S. Troops in Iraq

January 08 17:07 2006 Print This Article

BAGHDAD, January 8 – It has been a sad weekend indeed for the U.S. military troops in Iraq. In total 17 U.S. citizens were killed this weekend while already a dozen died during the week in one of the bloodiest periods since the National Assembly elections.

Twelve U.S. soldiers are believed to have been on board of a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed around Saturday midnight. The crash site is just a few miles shy of Tal Afar, which used to be an insurgent stronghold near the Syrian border. The helicopter was part of a team providing communication between bases when other means failed.

In separate incidents three U.S. Marines died while engaged in enemy combat, likely small-arms fire. This all happened in Fallujah, just 40 miles from Baghdad. Two other U.S. Marines died in two separate roadside bombings on Saturday.

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