A US helicopter has crashed in northern Iraq, killing all passengers and crew, the US military has said. Twelve people are believed to have been aboard the UH-60 Blackhawk when it came down just before midnight on Saturday. The US military said its records showed the aircraft was carrying four crew and eight passengers. The cause of the crash - which happened some seven miles (12km) east of the town of Talafar, near the Syrian border - remains under investigation.
The Blackhawk was part of a two-helicopter team moving between the bases when communications were lost, a US military statement said. An immediate search and rescue operation was launched and the aircraft was found at about noon on Sunday.
In Falluja, 65km west of Baghdad, three marines were killed by small arms attacks on Sunday. On Saturday, two marines were killed by roadside bombs in separate incidents, the military said, one near Karmah, 80km west of Baghdad, and another near Ferris, about 60km north of Baghdad.
In other violence on Sunday, a fighter was killed when clashes broke out between attackers and Iraqi police, Major Musa Abd al-Karim said. Armed men also opened fire on a vehicle in Baghdad, killing the driver, police Captain Qasim Hussain said.
And employees at Falluja general hospital said they were going on a three-day strike in protest over the killing of a doctor shot by armed men on Friday, said Dr Abdullah Hussain, the hospital director.