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Plane With 5 Aboard Crashes in Iraq

An Iraqi aircraft with four Americans and an Iraqi on board crashed Monday in eastern Diyala province (search) during an operational mission, the military said.

An "Iraqi aircraft" with "four U.S. personnel and one Iraqi on board" crashed sometime before noon, the military said in a statement.

The announcement did not say what type of aircraft was involved or whether the five people on board had died.

U.S.-led coalition forces had secured the area where the crash occurred in Diyala, northwest of Baghdad. The statement added that the crash was reported to a joint communication center in the town of Khanaqin, near the Iranian border.