12 Feared Dead in Iraq Black Hawk Crash
Jan 9, 2:51 AM (ET)
By PATRICK QUINN
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter went down in northern Iraq, killing all 12 Americans believed to be aboard in the deadliest crash in nearly a year, while five U.S. Marines died in weekend attacks, the military said Sunday.
The latest deaths followed an especially bloody week in which about 200 Iraqis and a dozen U.S. troops were killed. Iraqi politicians, meanwhile, claimed headway in forming a stable coalition government following the Dec. 15 elections, whose final results may be released this week.
U.S. military officials said the UH-60 Black Hawk crashed just before midnight Saturday about seven miles east of Tal Afar, a northern city near the Syrian border that has seen heavy fighting with insurgents.
"All (those killed) are believed to be U.S. citizens," military spokesman Lt. Col. Barry Johnson said. He did not say what caused the crash, but bad weather has wracked most of Iraq.