Bill Roggio at The Fourth Rail all but confirms that the crash of a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter about 20 miles northwest of
on Wednesday was definitely the result of a missile hit. All seven crew members and passengers on board were killed. Baghdad
Bill has an update and an Al Qaeda-supplied video of the crash here.
I urge you to watch and listen to the video with jihadist chanting and all. It shows in a horrifyingly direction way how insurgents can make the case that they are able to take on an immensely more powerful enemy and win.Meanwhile, sources tell Bill that insurgent cells may actually be using the SA-15 Gremlin (or Strela 3) missiles against helicopters. This second-generation weapon is better at overcoming countermeasures and has increased range and flight altitude.