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U.S. Soldier Killed, Second Hurt in Attack on Helicopter

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August 30, 2005|From Associated Press

BAGHDAD — One U.S. soldier was killed and another was injured when an Army helicopter made a forced landing under fire Monday in northern Iraq, the U.S. military said.

The attack happened in the city of Tall Afar, 240 miles northwest of Baghdad, the military said. No further details were released.

Residents of Tall Afar, reached by telephone from Mosul, said the helicopter went down about 6:30 p.m. in the southwestern part of the city.

U.S. troops fought insurgents last year in the largely Turkmen city and managed to restore enough control to hand it back to Iraqi authorities. However, the Iraqis lost control, in part because of the city's volatile ethnic mix.

The U.S. bolstered its force around Tall Afar last spring and has been trying to regain control.

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