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Pilot Killed, Another Injured in Kuwait Apache Crash

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2005 – A U.S. Army AH-64 Apache pilot was killed and a second was injured in a training accident that occurred northwest of Kuwait City, Kuwait, today, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

The injured soldier was medically evacuated to a U.S. military hospital and is in stable condition, officials said. The accident is under investigation.

In Iraq, a local civilian provided information about a suspected improvised explosive device to Iraqi soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Battalion of the Iraqi Intervention Force working with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force near Fallujah, Jan. 20. Upon investigation, soldiers found a 155 mm round with a wiring device attached. The civilian also turned over plastic explosive.

Soldiers from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Striker Brigade Combat Team), and Iraqi security forces were fired upon from a mosque in northern Iraq today. Iraqi intervention forces and soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, were patrolling in eastern Mosul when their convoy came under attack by insurgents firing from the Al Sabrine Mosque. The Iraqi forces conducted a cordon-and-search operation, detained a suspected insurgent, and found and confiscated weapons.

Two battalions from the Iraqi army's 7th Brigade, Iraqi Intervention Force, working with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force near Fallujah on Jan. 20, found mines and rockets while on a security patrol.

Soldiers from the Iraqi army's 16th Battalion conducted six security patrols and three listening, observation and civilian sensing patrols and found six mines and two 40 mm rockets. Soldiers from the 17th Battalion conducted one early morning patrol and four day patrols and found 40 rockets. The weapons were turned over to explosive ordnance personnel for destruction.

(Compiled from U.S. Central Command and Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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