Insurgents Claim Four Helos Downed In Fighting Near
The US military said Monday that Iraqi insurgents shot down a US
helicopter Sunday during clashes near the village of Yusifiya,
south of Baghdad, killing two soldiers. The area is a stronghold
for Sunni Arab insurgents, who have used the village as a staging
area for suicide attacks in Baghdad.
The military provided no further details about the downing. A US
AH-64 Apache helicopter (file photo of type, above) was shot
down in the same area April 1, also killing the two pilots
The Associated Press reports The Mujahedeen Shura Council -- a
coalition of insurgent groups that includes al-Qaeda in Iraq --
claimed responsibility for the downing, in a statement posted on
The group also claimed that it had shot down four helicopters
Sunday -- although that has not been verified.