A U.S. helicopter has crashed in southwestern Baghdad during what the Pentagon says was a routine combat air patrol.
It is the first crash of an American helicopter in Iraq since January, when three helicopters crashed in a two-week period, killing more than 16 people. The Defense Department says the fate of the chopper's crew is not known. In an internet posting Saturday, an Iraqi militant group calling itself the al-Rasheed Army claimed responsibility for the downing of the helicopter.
The authenticity of the claim has not been confirmed. Meanwhile, Iraqi police found at least eight bodies, bound and shot in the head or strangled, in different parts of Baghdad.