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Over the weekend, a US Army Black Hawk helicopter went down in northern Iraq killing all 12 Americans on board. The military did not say what caused the crash, but confirmed that four of the casualties were crew members. The other eight were identified as American passengers. The crash occurred just before midnight Saturday outside the insurgent stronghold of Tall'Afar, an Iraqi city near the Syrian border.
INSKEEP: According to military authorities, the Black Hawk was flying between bases when communications were lost. A search and rescue operation was launched and the helicopter was discovered yesterday. This crash is described as the deadliest since a CH-53 Sea Stallion crashed in bad weather in western Iraq nearly one year ago. That crash killed 31 American service members.
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