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Afghan Insurgent Fire Seen as Causing U.S. Copter Crash

Military officials said Wednesday that it appeared that an American Chinook helicopter that crashed Tuesday in Afghanistan was brought down by hostile fire as it was landing during combat in a mountainous border area. The helicopter, carrying reinforcements, probably was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade, Gen. Peter Pace, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a Congressional hearing. The helicopter was carrying 17 people, including 8 Navy Seal commandos and other Special Operations troops, members of a so-called quick reaction force that had been sent after radio calls from troops on the ground saying they were in combat with insurgents, according to another military official in Washington. Full Story

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