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Two Dead In U.S. Helicopter Crash In Iraq

The American helicopter crashed north of Baghdad (RFE/RL) 16 January 2006 -- A U.S. helicopter crashed north of Baghdad today, killing its two-member crew.

The U.S. military says they are still investigating the cause of the crash of the AH-64 Apache -- the third by a U.S. helicopter in 10 days.

Reuters quoted witnesses as saying it was hit by a rocket near the town of Mishada, which the military called an area "known for terrorist activity."

Three insurgent groups, including the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Mujahideen Council, issued separate claims. The authenticity of the statements could not be verified.

Meanwhile, Iraq's election commission annulled results from 227 ballot boxes due to fraud during the 15 December parliamentary vote. But it said this would have little effect on results already announced.

According to Reuters, the Shi'ite alliance will have about three-fifths of the parliament seats. Sunni and Kurdish parties will have about a fifth each.

Officials said the final results would be published on 20 January.

(Reuters, AP, AFP)

Coalition Images Of The Voting

Coalition Images Of The Voting

The Multinational Force in Iraq on December 15, 2005, released official images of the voting in the legislative elections. To view a slideshow of their photographs, click on the image.

To see RFE/RL's special webpage about the election, click here.