American Fighter Jet Crashes in Iraq

A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashed Friday during a close air support mission for ground forces – a rare loss in Iraq of the workhorse aircraft. Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Robert Gates came to Baghdad on an unannounced visit, and the U.S. military said five soldiers had died. An Air Force announcement, which referred to the 12:27 a.m. crash of the F-16 as an accident, did not say where it occurred or what happened to the pilot, the single crew member. It said the military was investigating the cause of the crash. Full Story

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