November 3, 2003 at 3:57 AM CST - Updated June 24 at 5:18 PM
Sunday's death toll is the most since March 23rd. The day private Jessica Lynch and other troops were ambushed.
American officials have warned for months that missiles, like the one used in Sundays attack, are readily available in Iraq. The attack on the chinook helicopter happened in Fallujuah. 21 other soldiers were injured. The helicopter was carrying troops preparing to leave for some much needed rest and relaxation when it was brought down by a shoulder-fired missile.