The U.S. military says an American drone (pilotless aircraft) has
crashed in northern Iraq, hitting the offices of one of Iraq's largest
A military spokesman, Major Derrick Cheng,
says there is no indication the reconnaissance aircraft was shot down.
He says it is a coincidence it struck the offices of Iraq's biggest
Sunni political party.
No injuries were reported, and the cause of the crash is under investigation.
Saturday, Iraqi security officials said they recaptured two more of the
16 al-Qaida members who escaped from a jail in central Iraq a few days
Police say at least eight of the inmates have now been recaptured. Five were detained on Friday and one on Thursday.
prisoners broke out Wednesday night from a Tikrit jail, after
apparently climbing through a small window in a bathroom. Five of the
escapees had been sentenced to death.
Following the escape,
Iraqi authorities launched a massive search. U.S. military officials
say they provided aerial surveillance and search dogs to assist in the
manhunt in Tikrit and surrounding areas.
After the escape,
provincial authorities fired the head of a local anti-terrorism
department Colonel Mohammed Salih Jbara. Several prison guards were
detained for questioning.
Tikrit, a majority Sunni Muslim city, is the hometown of the late, deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.