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  Iraq helicopter crash kills six
Updated 07 November 2003, 13.32
A Blackhawk helicopter
Six soldiers were killed after a US helicopter was forced down in Iraq, near Saddam Hussein's hometown, Tikrit.

Major Josslyn Aberle, a spokesperson for the US military, told reporters: "We don't know if it was mechanical failure or hostile fire."

In a separate attack on a group of military vehicles near Mosul in the far north of the country, another US soldier was killed, and six wounded.

US troops have secured the crash site, which is close to the Tigris River.


The attack happened only a few hours after a memorial service for 15 troops killed in an attack on a US Chinook helicopter on Sunday.

140 US troops have been killed in Iraq since the war officially came to an end on 1 May.

The US have blamed soldiers loyal to Saddam and terrorists linked to al-Qaeda for the attacks.

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