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Black Hawk Shot Down Near Baghdad; 3 Reported Injured

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2004 – A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter was shot down by anti-Iraqi forces northeast of Baghdad at about 4:30 p.m. Iraq time today.

Four servicemembers from the multinational forces were on board the aircraft at the time, officials reported. Three of them were wounded, but no details on the extent of their injuries were available.

Insurgents attacked a U.S. patrol today in Baghdad, killing one U.S. solider and wounding two other Americans and one Iraqi interpreter. The wounded were taken to a military medical treatment facility. No report was available on their condition. And a U.S. soldier was killed by enemy small-arms fire Nov. 11 in Mosul.

In other Iraq news, portions of an Iraqi National Guard battalion found a large weapons cache in western Baghdad today and detained three clerics and 23 suspected anti-government fighters.

The operation yielded 13 AK-47 rifles, 1,000 AK-47 rounds, one machine gun, 10 machine-gun rounds, four rocket-propelled-grenade launchers, and eight RPG boosters.

Two U.S. Task Force Baghdad soldiers assisting in the Iraqi National Guard's search and seizure operation were wounded by sniper fire. They were taken to a military medical facility for treatment.

"What insurgents must understand is illegal weapons will not be tolerated anywhere inside the city (of Baghdad)," noted U.S. Army Lt. Col. James Hutton, chief spokesman for the 1st Cavalry Division. The weapons that the Iraqi National Guard had confiscated "are the types often used to attack innocent Iraqi civilians," he said.

Nearly 2,500 new Iraqi police recently graduated from training facilities in Jordan and Iraq.

About 1,440 new police officers graduated from the Jordan International Police Training Center in Amman; 809 officers graduated from the Baghdad Public Safety Academy; and 249 new police officers graduated from the Iraqi Sulamaniyah training facility. About 79 female police officers graduated from the Baghdad academy.

Initial Iraqi Police Service training teaches recruits the fundamentals of basic police work and the philosophy and concepts of law enforcement in a free society. All graduates are slated to deploy for immediate duty throughout Iraq, officials said.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq news releases.)

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