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Iraq Qaeda group posts video of US copter downing

An al-Qaeda-backed group on Friday released an Internet video of what it said was the shooting down of a U.S. helicopter in Iraq this week, which killed seven military personnel. But a senior U.S. military officer said initial reports suggested mechanical failure was to blame for the helicopter crash, the sixth in Iraq in the past three weeks. The video, posted on a Web site used by insurgents, showed an apparent missile hitting the helicopter. The footage also showed the aircraft pulling away while trailing smoke before being engulfed in flames and crashing behind distant trees. Full Story

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