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A coalition helicopter was struck by ground fire and four Iraqi army soldiers were killed during an attack Sunday on an Iraqi combat outpost in Mosul.

No one was injured in the attack on the helicopter, according to a release issued by Multi-National Division-North.

Iraqi soldiers destroyed two vehicles rigged with explosives during the attack. They also treated the injured, reinforced security and returned fire. Apart from the four Iraqi soldiers who were killed, four were wounded.

Two coalition helicopters that were nearby responded to the attack. Insurgent fire struck one of the aircraft, an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, causing mechanical problems that forced it to land.

The pilots were rescued by a second helicopter, returned to base and flew back to the scene in another helicopter to continue the fight. The downed aircraft was recovered by another aircrew.

Two insurgents who drove vehicles and others were killed in the attack.


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