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Chinook brought down by small arms fire

Taliban insurgents were responsible for the downing of a Canadian Chinook helicopter in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, the Canadian military confirmed Saturday.

The helicopter was brought down by small arms fire from insurgents, the military said at a briefing at the Kandahar base.

The small arms fire "caused a fire in the fuel line below the helicopter, forcing it come down," said the CBC's Cameron MacIntosh, who attended the briefing.

"When it landed, it burst into flames and the helicopter basically burned to the ground," he said.

Investigators went through the wreckage and found evidence that the chopper had been hit by small arms fire.

A senior military officer described it as "an extremely lucky shot," MacIntosh said.

The chopper made what military officials called a "hard landing" two days ago in Kandahar province's Panjwaii District, a volatile area under the

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Added: Aug-7-2010 Occurred On: Aug-7-2010
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  • This is always going to be a problem when approaching and departing a hot LZ. Not a whole hell of a lot you can do about it besides hope you have really good door gunners and luck on your side.

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  • This is a load of bull#$%^, there have been too many high incidents of "lucky shots". People kindly remember that these are military helicopters designed to strict specifications and especially the ability to take small arms fire.

    If the talis have gotten thier hands on MANPADs then its game over for NATO in afghanistan just as it was for the soviets when the Stinger SAMs were introduced.

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  • A senior military officer described it as "an extremely lucky shot,"

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  • Respect to the crew

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  • you guys are both full of shit.

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  • Good !! Very Good !!!

    Its a lesson .... Get out of this criminal war !! You dont have the right to stay there. If you help the USA you are another criminal too.... or probably your nation wish to do the same crimes as them

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    • true let the taliban cave men take over afghanistan and pakistan, they are good people just following theire peacefull religious beliefs and absolutely not planing to anihilate our asses with terrorist strikes. moron.

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    • What a Ass-Clown !! If any war was criminal it was us invading Iraq just to over throw Saddam's sadistic regime because we thought it'd be best for the world. ( And personally I think it was. ) Invading Afghanistan is a war of necessity. No country can or will be allowed to harbor terrorist and allow them to plot, plan and or implement attacks on my nation or even that of another nation.

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    • I agree, its a criminal war.... thats why we ARE geting out.

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    • Aleluia !!! Canada still have people of good heart !

      Continue with this ideal of staying out of criminal wars... Never fall on USA lies and lets hope together for the peace on the world.

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    • iraq was, as for afgan well i have no idea why canada was there but hey at least we said no to iraq right.

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  • Well,there goes the Canadian air force.Now what?

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