Iraqi group claims downing US helicopter
An Iraqi insurgent group claimed on Saturday to have downed a US helicopter south of Baghdad, according to an Internet statement.india Updated: Apr 02, 2006 02:59 IST
An Iraqi insurgent group claimed on Saturday to have downed a US helicopter south of Baghdad, according to an Internet statement.
"The lions of Islam in the Maath bin Jabal brigade of Al-Rashideen Army managed to down a helicopter of the US occupation forces in the Yussifiyah area south of Baghdad," said the statement, whose authenticity could not be confirmed.
The US military said earlier that a US helicopter crashed southwest of Baghdad while conducting a combat air patrol. The fate of the crew was not known.
In a statement posted on the Internet last Sunday, the Al-Rashideen Army recommended US President George W Bush to take a vacation at his ranch in Texas and reflect on how he is "losing the war" in Iraq.