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US Military: Helicopter Forced to Land After Coming Under Fire in Baghdad


The U.S. military in Iraq says a U.S. helicopter made a precautionary landing in Baghdad after coming under fire Tuesday.

The military says the Apache helicopter came under attack in eastern Baghdad. It says the two crew members were safely evacuated and given a routine medical evaluation. The incident is under investigation.

The U.S. military also says coalition forces detained nine suspected al-Qaida in Iraq terrorists during operations since Monday across Iraq.

In other violence Tuesday, a roadside bomb killed an Iraqi soldier in western Baghdad.

On Monday, international aid organization Oxfam said a major humanitarian crisis is looming in Iraq, with some eight million people in need of emergency aid.

Oxfam said malnutrition and drinking water shortages are worse now than before the 2003 invasion. It recommends Iraq's government double direct aid to widows and children to $200 per month and improve the distribution of food rations.

Separately, the U.S. military Tuesday announced the death of a Marine, who died in combat in al-Anbar province on Monday.

Also on Monday, a quarterly audit by the U.S. office that monitors reconstruction spending in Iraq says progress is being hampered by terrorist activity, high levels of corruption, and political instability.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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