US Black Hawk Helicopter Crashes in Western Iraq, Pentagon Says

A US Air Force HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter.       DVIDS

A US HH-60 Black Hawk variant helicopter has crashed in Iraq near the Syrian order.

"All personnel aboard were killed in the crash", said Brig.

Seven people were believed to be on board at the time, and at least some of them were thought to have died, the official said.

According to an updated statement on Friday, March 16, by the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, the crash "does not appear to be a result of enemy activity".

The American military helicopter that crashed in Iraq Thursday hit a power line, USA officials said today, killing all seven airmen on board.

One of the officials said that fatalities were "likely" and so far there were no indications that the helicopter was brought down by hostile fire.

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U.S. Central Command said a probe into the incident is underway.

The U.S. -led coalition in the area for operations against Islamic State insurgents have an outpost near Qaim to secure the border regions with U.S-backed Iraq and Syrian Democratic Forces.

"We are grateful to the Iraqi Security Forces for their immediate assistance in response to this tragic incident", Braga said in the statement.

The names of those aboard the helicopter were not immediately released pending the notification of next of kin.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the ISIS in Mosul in July. The anti-ISIS campaign accelerated through much of a year ago, as coalition and Iraqi forces battled to take back a string of cities and towns. In November, Iraqi forces retook the last Iraqi town held by IS - Rawah, near the border with Syria.

The United States acknowledges that it has about 5,200 troops in Iraq that are part of a coalition fighting ISIS militants.

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