I awoke to this in my email this morning as many awoke to it on the news...something I don't make it a habit to watch.......please pray for the families being awakened to the knocks on the door today......
14 US soldiers killed in Iraq helicopter crash
A helicopter has crashed in northern Iraq, killing all 14 US soldiers aboard in the deadliest such crash since January 2005.
The US military said initial indications showed the aircraft experienced a mechanical problem and was not brought down by hostile fire, but the cause of the crash was still under investigation.
The UH-60 Black Hawk was one of two helicopters on a nighttime operation when the crash happened.
"There were no indications of hostile fire," the military said in a statement.
"Two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters were on a night operation when one of the aircraft crashed.
"That helicopter had been carrying four crew members and 10 passengers."
The US military relies heavily on helicopters to avoid the threat of ambushes and roadside bombs - the deadliest weapon in the militants' arsenal. Dozens of choppers have crashed in accidents or been shot down.
The deadliest crash occurred on January 26, 2005 when a CH-53 Sea Stallion transport helicopter went down in a sandstorm in western Iraq, killing 31 US troops.
On January 20, a Black Hawk was apparently shot down in Diyala province northeast of Baghdad, killing 12 soldiers aboard.
The deaths raised to at least 3,721 members of the US military who have died since the Iraq war started in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.