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U.S. Fires At Reuters Reporters After Helicopter Downed

HeadlineJan 05, 2004

In Iraq, four U.S. soldier died Friday. One of them was killed when a US helicopter was shot down near Fallujah. Later at the scene of the crash, the Reuters news agency reported that U.S. troops fired on its own journalists who were trying to cover the crash. Three journalists with Reuters were detained at the scene. On Saturday the Reuters bureau chief in Baghdad told the Associated Press “Our guys are still in detention and we still haven’t been informed of any specific accusation against them.” Several local Iraqi journalists also reported being detained for questioning after they approached the crash site. The U.S. claimed that troops had come under fire from men wearing vests that read Press. The U.S. responded to the attack on the helicopter by bombing parts of southern Baghdad and conducted house-to-house searches in Fallujah. Meanwhile in Samarra, U.S. forces blew up the house of a man Talab Saleh they accused of orchestrating attacks against U.S. troops. The U.S. also reportedly arrested the man’s wife and brother and said they would be jailed until his surrender.

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