Today, Saturday January marks the 3rd deadliest day yet for American troops in Iraq. At least 20 American service members died today in military operations.
13 service members died in a helicopter crash and another 5 troops were slain in an attack by militia fighters in the holy city of Karbala.
Little information is available on a helicopter crash, an Army Black Hawk copter that crashed while flying in normal weather conditions, killing 13 U.S. soldiers.
A statement concerning an attack that killed another 5 other soldiers today said "an illegally armed militia group" attacked the building with grenades, small arms and "indirect fire."
I'm sure that the slain soldier's family members would like to know the story behind the helicopter crash. I wonder what the policy is with family members of the deceased? Are they told the entire story or are they just told that it's top secret information?
The only days that saw more casualties are:
Jan. 26, 2005: 37
Third day of the U.S. invasion: 28