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Chinook helicopters 'sitting ducks'


Thirty American servicemen, seven Afghan soldiers and an interpreter were killed when a Chinook helicopter was shot down on Saturday, in what has been America's biggest single-day loss in the ten year war in Afghanistan.

Tim Ripley of Jane's Defence Weekly describes the "inherently vulnerable" helicopters that are often attacked during raids against the Taliban.

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