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U.S. Seeks Clues to Deadly Copter Attack

American troops hunted for anti-aircraft missiles along Iraq’s trucking routes, digging through heaps of manure, mounds of hay or piles of pomegranates Monday. The U.S. Army retrieved the wreckage of a downed transport helicopter and searched for clues about who knocked it from the sky. Attacks continued Monday — a blast near a Shiite Muslim shrine in the southern city of Karbala that witnesses said killed at least one person, and a barrage of three mortar rounds in Baghdad that caused no reported casualties. One clue in Sunday’s helicopter shootdown may lie in Ramadi, west of the crash site, where an anti-U.S. leaflet warned, just two days before the shootdown, that Iraq’s insurgents would strike the Americans with “modern and advanced methods.” The downing of the CH-47 Chinook, one of two carrying dozens of soldiers on their way to Baghdad airport and leave, killed 16 and wounded 20 others. It was the heaviest U.S. death toll in any single action since the invasion of Iraq last March 20. Full Story

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