The U.S. military says two American soldiers were killed when their helicopter crashed in Iraq after coming under fire Thursday night.
A military statement says coalition forces were at the crash scene near Baqubah and investigating the incident. A second helicopter also came under fire, but it landed safely. Earlier Thursday, insurgents killed 15 Iraqis in bombings and shootings.
The Iraqi government says 40-thousand Iraqi security personnel will surround Baghdad next week and search the capital for insurgents. Officials say the troops will set up hundreds of checkpoints inside Baghdad before taking the operation to other
parts of Iraq. U.S. and Iraqi troops are already sweeping the city of Haditha in an operation that has left ten insurgents and a U.S. Marine dead.