Pentagon: No survivors in American helicopter crash in Iraq

2018-03-17 07:14
(Teddy Fujimoto via AP, File)

(Teddy Fujimoto via AP, File)

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Baghdad – All seven service members aboard a US helicopter that crashed in Iraq were killed, the Pentagon said on Friday in a written statement.

The aircraft crashed in western Iraq a day earlier, US officials said.

The officials said seven service members were on board. They spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss details of the crash before they were made public.

The crash did not appear to be the result of enemy activity and is under investigation, the Pentagon said.

"This tragedy reminds us of the risks our men and women face every day in service of our nations. We are thinking of the loved ones of these service members today," said US Army Brig. Gen. Jonathan P. Braga, director of operations in the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Combat service and rescue

The helicopter was used by the Air Force for combat search and rescue, and was in transit from one location to another when it went down on Thursday afternoon near the town of Qaim in Anbar Province.

The Pentagon said an accompanying US helicopter immediately reported the crash and a quick-reaction force comprised of Iraqi security forces and Coalition members secured the scene.

The names of those killed will be released after next of kin have been notified, the statement added.

The US-led coalition battling the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have an outpost in Qaim, which is located near the Syrian border. The anti-ISIS campaign accelerated through much of last year, as coalition and Iraqi forces battled to take back a string of cities and towns.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over ISIS in Mosul in July. In the following months, Iraqi forces retook a handful of other ISIS-held towns including Tal Afar in August, Hawija in September and Qaim in October. In November, Iraqi forces retook the last Iraqi town held by ISIS – Rawah, near the border with Syria.

The US-led coalition has continued to work with Iraq and Syrian Democratic Forces to shore up the border region to make sure that foreign fighters and insurgents can't move freely across the region.

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