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U.S. Army Confirms Helicopter Brought Down By Enemy Fire in Iraq

Baghdad, 2 January 2004 (RFE/RL) -- The U.S. Army has confirmed that a U.S. military helicopter was shot down today west of Baghdad, killing one soldier and wounding another.

Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt said local U.S. military commanders "are fairly convinced" that the helicopter was brought down by enemy fire.

A military statement said the helicopter went down near the town of Al-Fallujah. The statement said the site of the incident was secured. The area around Al-Fallujah has seen several attacks on U.S. helicopters in recent months.

In other developments, the U.S. military said it arrested an Iraqi suspected of smuggling foreign fighters into Iraq from Syria.