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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Helicopter Crashes in Colombian Drug War, Kills 20

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - A U.S.-made helicopter on an anti-drugs mission crashed in the Colombian jungle on Thursday, killing all 20 Colombian soldiers aboard, the army said.

The Colombian troops were on a mission to secure crops of coca -- the raw material of cocaine -- before aerial spraying planes destroyed them, it said.

It was the worst accident for Colombian military aviation since another Black Hawk crashed in March 2003, killing 23 troops.

The United States provided Black Hawks to Colombia as part of more than $3 billion in mainly military aid since 2000 aimed at the world's largest cocaine industry.

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