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The Pentagon on Wednesday night announced the names of the two Apache pilots killed when their helicopter was apparently shot down in Iraq on Saturday.

Killed were Army Capt. Timothy J. Moshier of Albany, N.Y., and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael L. Hartwick of Orrick, Mo. Both were assigned to the 4th Battalion, 4th Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. The two were on a combat air patrol near Yusufiyah when their helicopter went down.

The aftermath of the crash was purportedly captured on a videotape showing men abusing what appeared to be the remains of an American soldier. U.S. officials have played down the tape.

“We have serious doubts about the authenticity of this video, a common tactic we see terrorist groups use to keep the stories they want alive in the media,” Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, a U.S. command spokesman in Iraq, told The Associated Press.

The AP also quoted the head of IntelCenter, a defense contractor that monitors insurgent Web sites, as saying that his “initial review” of the footage seemed “to indicate the downing of a helicopter and the removal of crew and passengers from the craft. On an initial review, it does appear to be what it purports to be.”

“We are outraged that anyone would create and publish such a despicable video for public exposure,” Lt. Col. Jonathan Withington, 4th Infantry Division spokesman, said in a news release earlier this week. “The terrorists continue to demonstrate their immoral disregard for human dignity and life.”


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