Seven American soldiers were killed on Thursday when their transport helicopter crashed in southern Iraq, the deadliest such incident in the country for over a year, the US military said. It was a CH-47 Chinook that went down. These are old helicopters that have been put under a lot of stress over the last five years. It is actually a testament to our men and women in the military who keep those helicopters up in the air.
Enemy activity is not suspected, but I do suspect that this may be a case of equipment fatigue.
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