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Camp Fallujah, Iraq -- A U.S. Marine Corps transport helicopter crashed Jan. 26, at approximately 1:20 a.m. near Ar Rutbah while conducting security and stabilization operations.
Personnel from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing were transporting personnel from the 1st Marine Division when the crash occurred.
A search and rescue team is currently at the site and an investigation into the incident is currently underway.
Confirmation of casualties will occur in a separate press release.
The I MEF Media Team will release an update later this morning.
The aircraft, transporting personnel from the 1st Marine Division, came down near Rutbah, close to the border with Jordan, at about 0120 (2220 GMT).
An investigation is under way into the cause of the crash, US military said. No casualty figures have yet been provided.
Meanwhile, US marines have launched a search and rescue operation after a helicopter crashed in western Iraq.
"A US Marine Corps transport helicopter crashed on 26 January at approximately 1.20am (2220 GMT Tuesday) near al-Rutbah while conducting security and stabilisation operations," the military said in a statement on Wednesday.
The marines declined to provide the cause of the crash or to release any casualty figures.
Originally posted by dixon
Hope they get as many out of there quickly.
CBS News National Security Correspondent David Martin reports as many as 30 are dead in the crash of the CH-53E "Super Stallion" helicopter. All aboard were killed. Military officials are not sure yet whether the chopper was shot down or crashed for some other reason
FOUR MARINES KILLED IN ACTION IN AL ANBAR PROVINCE
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq -- Four Marines assigned to the I Marine Expeditionary Force were killed in action today while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in the Al Anbar Province.
The names of the deceased are being withheld pending next of kin notification.
ONE 1ST INFANTRY DIVISION SOLDIER KILLED, TWO WOUNDED IN RPG ATTACK
TIKRIT, Iraq -- One 1st Infantry Division Soldier was killed and two others wounded when anti-Iraqi forces attacked their combat patrol with rocket propelled grenades near Ad Duluiyah on Jan. 26 at about 11:20 a.m. The Soldiers were evacuated to a Multi-National Forces medical facility for treatment. One Soldier is in serious condition; the other is in stable condition. The names of the Soldiers are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Originally posted by cargo
Terrible. Is this the highest casualty rate for a single "event"?
The previous deadliest day for U.S. forces was March 23, 2003, the third day of the war, when 28 U.S. soldiers died mostly in fierce fighting in southern Iraq.
"We are mujahidin in
the province of Ninawa. What they call
elections have no basis in the Islamic religion
and that's why we will hit all election centres"
Fighters in a video purportedly with captured election workers