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BAGHDAD, Iraq - A U.S. helicopter crashed in a desert sandstorm in the early morning darkness Wednesday, killing the 30 Marines and one Navy sailor aboard. Six other troops died in insurgent ambushes in the deadliest day for Americans since the Iraq (news - web sites) war began nearly two years ago.
Originally posted by drfunk
Though this incident wasn't related to an attack, it just goes to show how many lives are being paid in a country that had no capability to attack America and now yound men and women of the armed forces are stuck there with no end in sight. Tis' truly sad that Bush and Cheney are willing to throw away these people's lives.
_Insurgents launched mortars at a military base near Iskandariyah, killing one Marine and wounding five.
_U.S. soldiers stepped up operations ahead of Sunday's elections, moving to forward positions around Baghdad until the end of balloting and tightening security at their main bases.
_The al-Qaida affiliate led by Jordanian terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi posted a videotape on the Internet showing the murder of a candidate from the party of interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi.
_Iraqi newspapers published for the first time the names of some 7,000 National Assembly candidates, many of whose identities had previously been kept secret to protect them from assassination.
_Three Iraqi civilians were killed when a car bomb exploded in Samarra.
_A roadside bomb missed a U.S. convoy in Mahmoudiya, but killed three Iraqis and injured seven others.
_A suicide car bomb in Baqouba killed an Iraqi soldier and injured five civilians and two Iraqi police officers.
_A roadside bomb targeting a U.S. convoy killed one Iraqi bystander near Tikrit.
_Insurgents attacked seven polling stations in Kirkuk with mortars and machine guns and opened fire on a police patrol, killing one policeman.
_Armed men blew up a school administration building after first ordering the staff to leave in Samarra. The building was scheduled to be a voting center.
_An Iraqi civilian was killed and another was injured in Samarra when fighting broke out between U.S. troops and armed men.
_Militants fired mortar shells at four schools designated as polling stations in the southern province of Basra.
_U.S. and Iraqi troops clashed with insurgents on Haifa street in Baghdad, witnesses reported.
_A suicide car bomber struck a U.S. military convoy near the northern city of Beiji, witnesses said. No casualties were reported.
_An Iraqi army soldier was killed and seven people were injured when a suicide car bomb exploded near an Iraqi patrol in Diyala province, U.S. officials said.
_In Ramadi, an Iraqi national guard soldier was killed when insurgents attacked a joint U.S.-Iraqi force guarding a voting center at a school, said police Lt. Safa al-Obeidi.
_The body of Talib Minshid, a colonel in the former Iraqi intelligence under Saddam Hussein, was found in Baqouba, two days after he was abducted by armed men.
_A U.S. solider died of a gunshot wound at a base near Tikrit, in what U.S. military command called an accident.
_Australian officials announced that eight Australian soldiers were injured by a car comb on Baghdad's airport road on Wednesday.
_The Czech parliament voted to extend the mission of Czech troops in Iraq until the end of the year, following a request from the Iraqi and British governments.
_A British soldier testified in court that three comrades accused of mistreating civilians had laughed and joked as they forced two Iraqi men to simulate sex acts.
_The interim Iraqi government will deploy an additional 2,500 troops to help guard the weekend elections, bringing the total number of Iraqi and multinational security forces to about 300,000, the Defense Ministry said.
_Defense Minister Hazem Shaalan, who is running for parliament in Sunday's elections, accused neighboring countries of helping to fuel fraud allegations against him, allegations first made last week by Ahmed Chalabi, a rival candidate.
_The scientific head of Iraq's nuclear weapons program, Jafar Dhia Jafar, said his country would have developed atomic weapons in the early 1990s if Saddam Hussein had not invaded Kuwait.
_Britain will send 220 extra troops to Iraq to help compensate for the pullout of 1,400 Dutch troops by March 15, the Ministry of Defense said.