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12 U.S. Soldiers Die in Helicopter Crash

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2007 – Twelve U.S. soldiers were killed when the Blackhawk helicopter in which they were riding crashed northeast of Baghdad Saturday afternoon, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported today.

Initial reports erroneously claimed that 13 individuals were killed, officials said.

Emergency coalition forces responded and secured the scene following the crash.

The deceased include four crewmembers. The other eight soldiers aboard were passengers in the aircraft. Multinational Corps Iraq officials reported there were no survivors.

The names of the soldiers are being withheld pending notification of family members.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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