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  Two US aircraft shot down over Iraq
Updated 03 April 2003, 12.43
A Black Hawk helicopter has been shot down
Two American aircraft have been shot down over Iraq after being attacked by enemy fire.

They're the first aircraft to be brought down by the Iraqis since the war started.

A Black Hawk helicopter was attacked over southern Iraq, and early reports said that seven out of the 11 people on board may have been killed.

But a different report from the US military said there were only six people on board.

Progress

A British Paratrooper prepares for patrol in southern Iraq
A F/A-18 Hornet plane was also shot down near Karbala, but it's not yet known what happened to the fighter pilot.

US ground forces are continuing to push towards Baghdad. Some troops are just 32 km from the capital.

US military bosses said they'd made significant progress, after destroying two sections of the Iraqi Republican Guards. They're some of Saddam Hussein's best-trained fighters.

But Iraq has dismissed some of America's claimed successes as "lies".

Other main points:

  • A BBC cameraman, Kaveh Golsetan, has been killed in Iraq after stepping on a landmine
  • US Marines say they have gained control of most of the city of Nasiriya
  • Iraqi satellite TV has shown Saddam Hussein holding a meeting, looking relaxed and smiling. There is no sound and it is not clear when the pictures were recorded.



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