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Fast Facts: Deadliest Days for GIs

A list of major attacks and accidents involving U.S. military personnel outside the United States:

— Jan. 26, 2005: A CH-53 Sea Stallion (search) transport helicopter crashed in a desert sandstorm in western Iraq, killing the 30 Marines and one Navy sailor aboard.

— March 23, 2003: 28 American troops killed, including 11 in ambush of 507th Maintenance Company convoy in Nasiriyah in which Army Pvt. Jessica Lynch (search) and six others were captured.

— Nov. 15, 2003: Two Black Hawk helicopters crashed in Mosul, Iraq, killing 17 soldiers. The military said the helicopters collided during a likely rocket-propelled grenade attack.

— Dec. 21, 2004: A bomb attack at a mess tent in a base near Mosul kills 22 people including 14 U.S. soldiers.

— Oct. 12, 2000: A small explosives-laden boat blew a hole in destroyer USS Cole (search) in the Yemeni port of Aden, killing 17 sailors.

— June 25, 1996: A truck bomb exploded in a military housing area near Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, killing 19 Americans.

— March 23, 1994: An F-16 fighter jet and C-130 transport collided while landing at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina, killing 23 paratroopers.

— Oct. 3, 1993: Somalis shot down a pair of Black Hawk assault helicopters in Mogadishu, Somalia, killing 18 U.S. servicemen.

— April 19, 1989: During a training exercise in the Caribbean, an explosion ripped through one of the USS Iowa's gun turrets, killing 47 sailors.

— May 17, 1987: Two Iraqi missiles were fired at the U.S.S. Stark in the Persian Gulf, killing 37 American crewmen in what Iraq later said was a case of mistaken identity.

— Dec. 12, 1985: An Arrow Air charter plane crashed after takeoff from Gander, Newfoundland, killing 248 American soldiers and eight crew members.

— Oct. 23, 1983: A bomber rammed a pickup truck packed with explosives into U.S. Marine headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 241 U.S. servicemen.