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  Nine killed in Iraq chopper crash
Updated 08 January 2004, 16.37
US Black Hawk helicopter
Nine US troops have been killed after a military helicopter crashed in Iraq.

Their Black Hawk helicopter, which was on a medical mission, came down near Falluja, west of Baghdad, but no-one knows what caused the incident.

There have been several attacks on US forces in the area. One US soldier was killed and 34 injured in a mortar attack on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the US released some Iraqi prisoners, to try to improve relationships between the countries.


Hundreds of people gathered outside Abu Ghraib prison to see if their relatives were being set free.

Paul Bremer, US governor in Iraq, said that the people being released were not linked to anti-US action.

346 US troops have been killed in Iraq since the war officially ended on 1 May.

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