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Eighteen Die in Second Worst Day for U.S. in Iraq

Eighteen Americans died in guerrilla attacks in Iraq on Sunday, including 15 soldiers killed when a helicopter was downed in the deadliest single strike on U.S. forces since they invaded to oust Saddam Hussein. It was the second deadliest day overall for Americans in Iraq since the war started on March 20, after 28 soldiers were killed in various attacks on March 23. A total of 252 U.S. soldiers have died from hostile fire since the invasion. On Sunday, one U.S. soldier was killed in a bomb attack in Baghdad and two American civilian contractors died in a roadside mine blast in the town of Fallujah, a fiercely anti-U.S. center 30 miles west of the capital. The crippled Chinook helicopter carrying troops on their way for a rest break came down in farmland at 9 a.m. (1 a.m. EST) near the village of Baisa, south of Falluja. Another 21 soldiers aboard the Chinook were injured. Full Story

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