Al-Qaeda Is Targeting Helicopters

By Staff Writer | February 23, 2007

An American general in Iraq says Al-Qaeda cells may be behind the recent spike in downed U.S. Helicopters. Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, the number two U.S. commander in Iraq, said two suspects had been captured for their connection to the helicopter attacks. One admitted involvement, according to Odierno. Since Jan. 20, eight U.S. helicopters have been forced or shot down by enemy insurgents. Maj. Gen. James Simmons, the deputy commander of the MultiNational Corps-Iraq, said Army helicopters are shot at an average of 100 times a day. Although enemy fire hits the rotorcraft about 17 percent of the time, the helicopters are able to continue flying. 
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