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Attack Highlights a Constant Threat Faced by Aircraft in Iraq

It is not yet known at what altitude or speed the Chinook hit on Sunday in Iraq was flying, but guerrillas are known to have launched missiles at American planes two or three times a week, and ground fire at helicopters even more often. Until Sunday, when 16 American soldiers were killed and even more were wounded in the downed helicopter, defensive tactics and devices had helped United States aircraft largely escape disaster. But the scope of the threat facing American aircraft in Iraq is staggering. American military commanders say nearly one million tons of weapons and ammunition remain at thousands of sites around the country, but they acknowledge that only about 100 of the most sensitive sites are secured around the clock, and that looters have ransacked many others. Full Story

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