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Officials: New Tactics for U.S. Helicopters in Iraq

U.S. military helicopter pilots in Iraq have begun changing flight patterns and using other evasive tactics to reduce the chances of being shot down by missiles and other weapons fired by guerrillas, defense officials said on Friday. “You can be certain that pilots are now taking different approaches to their tactics, techniques and procedures,” one of the officials, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters. The official said that could include varying routes and schedules and sometimes flying very low and fast to throw off the aim of would-be attackers. They spoke in response to questions after a U.S. Black Hawk military helicopter crashed in Iraq on Friday, killing all six on board. Soldiers at a U.S. Army base near the crash site said it was probably downed by a rocket-propelled grenade. Full Story

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