Saturday, January 20, 2007

U.S. helicopter down in Iraq, all 13 aboard dead

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A U.S. Blackhawk helicopter came down northeast of Baghdad on Saturday afternoon, killing all 13 soldiers aboard in one of the deadliest single incidents for U.S. forces in four years of war in Iraq.

Residents near Baquba, in violent Diyala province, said they saw a helicopter in flames in the air but a military spokeswoman said it was not clear whether the aircraft was shot down.

A total of 16 U.S. troop deaths were reported on Saturday, the bloodiest day in Iraq for U.S. forces since President George W. Bush announced an increase in troop numbers that has run into resistance from opposition Democrats now controlling Congress.

Read the rest here ... pray for the victims and their families and for those of us who are trying very hard to get on with the work in front of us while we wait to hear from our soldiers in harm's way.


Ann said...


Hiram said...

Our prayers are with you in this anxious time.

Lisa Fox said...

Oh, Susan. Words fail, even for this Verbosan. My heart and prayers are with you and your son.

Chip Webb said...


My wife and I are praying for you, and for your son.

Peace of Christ,

Suzer said...

My partner and I are praying for your son, you and your family. I hardly have sufficient words for such a prayer.

Caminante said...

Lots of prayers coming your way from Vermont. Lee

Ann said...

Good news that Jamie is okay - it is all so sad.