Skip to comments.Al-Qaida Claims Downing Of U.S. Helicopter
Posted on 11/03/2005 5:55:17 PM PST by prairiebreeze
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed Thursday it shot down a U.S. attack helicopter that crashed, killing two Marines, and a U.S. general said witnesses saw the aircraft take ground fire and break up in the air.
The AH-1W Super Cobra crashed Wednesday near Ramadi during daylong fighting in the insurgent stronghold 70 miles west of Baghdad. In addition to the two crewmen, an American lieutenant died when a bomb exploded as he was rushing to the crash site.
Another U.S. soldier died Thursday in a roadside bombing northeast of Baghdad, the military said.
In its statement, al-Qaida in Iraq, led by Jordanian terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, said that its military wing "downed a Super Cobra attack helicopter in Ramadi with a Strella rocket, thanks be to God."
The authenticity of the statement could not be determined. It appeared on an Islamic Web site and bore the nickname of the group's spokesman, Abu Maysara al-Iraqi. The U.S. military said the cause of the crash had not been determined.
However, Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch told reporters Thursday that witnesses "believe they saw a munition fired at the helicopter and saw the helicopter break in pieces in midair and then crash."
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God has a special place reserved just for you, Z-man. In Hell.
And it sounds like it's time to turn Ramadi into Little Falluja.
al Qaeda has been reduced to patting themselves on the back when they shoot down a helicopter.
"In its statement, al-Qaida in Iraq, led by Jordanian terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, said that its military wing "downed a Super Cobra attack helicopter in Ramadi with a Strella rocket, thanks be to God." "
Yeah, don't forget to remind GOD of this when you die : )
Negative, there are no Al-Qaeda in Iraq.
Amen to that, may they rest in peace and make us worthy of their sacrifice.
And may God bless and bring comfort to their families.
They will not be forgotten... heroes to the end, no matter what brought their mission to an early end.
My daughter was at the site in Ramadi to remove the body of the Lieutenant who died. She and her group were originally waiting for the LT. and his crew to secure the site of the downed chopper so her crew could go in.
I spoke to her on line earlier today. She was distraught but hanging tough.
Newly imported via Syria or Iran I bet.
Oh, my. I'm so sorry she was put through that, please give her our utmost gratitude and support when you speak with her again.
Thank you prairiebreeze. I will relay your message.
Didn't take it that way... You are right though, a helicopter going down with 2 souls aboard makes more headlines than a IED taking out a 6 man patrol.
Way past time!
That brings a tear to my eye (well, more than one!)... hope Jen makes it home safe and soon.
An understandably proud momma. Tell her thanks from me as well, and pass a salute.
I agree; (but go easy on the use of Zman)
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