A Blackhawk medivac helicopter, clearly marked with a red cross signifying its medical mission, crashed Thursday after a witness said it was hit by a rocket, killing all nine U.S. soldiers aboard.
And then there is this:
New information has emerged about a mortar attack on a U.S. supply base outside Baghdad that claimed the life of one American soldier and left 30 others wounded. A senior Pentagon official has revealed U.S. forces quickly determined the site where Iraqi attackers fired mortars into a coalition logistics base west of Baghdad late Wednesday.
But this official, speaking on condition of anonymity, says commanders declined to order so-called counter-battery fire that could have disrupted the attack and possibly killed the assailants.
The official tells VOA this is because the mortars were fired from a heavily-populated area where any American counter-attack could have caused civilian casualties.
Say it with me here..."We are not the bad guys..."