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US drone crashes into Iraqi party offices: military

15 Iraqi soldiers killed in accidental blasts: ministry
Fifteen Iraqi soldiers were killed accidentally during what were meant to be controlled explosions in a town outside the northern city of Mosul on Friday, a defence ministry official said. Among the dead was one army officer, while one soldier was also seriously wounded, said the official, who declined to be identified because he was not authorised to speak to the media. The accident occurred on the outskirts of Baashiqa, around 30 kilometres (18 miles) northeast of Mosul. A military source told AFP the soldiers were carrying out routine controlled explosions of roadside bombs which had been collected in the area over the previous week.
by Staff Writers
Baghdad (AFP) Sept 27, 2009
An American aerial surveillance drone crashed into the offices of an Iraqi political party in the northern city of Mosul, the US military said on Sunday.

"We can confirm that an unmanned aerial reconnaissance vehicle crashed" on Saturday, a military statement said, adding that there had been no reported injuries.

It said there was currently no indication that the aircraft, which hit the offices of the Iraqi Islamic Party, had crashed as a result of "enemy action," but added that the incident was under investigation.

American soldiers recovered the drone and were discussing repairs to the building with local officials.

Unmanned drones are used frequently by the US military in the region, Iraq's most violent, mostly in a bid to monitor insurgents planting roadside bombs.

Though the US military has withdrawn from Iraq's cities and towns, it still provides the country's security forces with assistance and training, especially in aerial surveillance and logistics.

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