A U.S. Black Hawk helicopter, operating as a medevac, has crashed in western Iraq, a U.S. military official said.
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The number of casualties wasn’t immediately released. The flight manifest listed seven service members on board, the official said.
“A U.S. military aircraft has crashed in western Iraq with U.S. service members aboard. Rescue teams are responding to the scene of the downed aircraft at this time,” the U.S.-led military coalition said in a statement. “Further details will be released when available. An investigation will be initiated to determine the cause of the incident.”
Military investigators are looking into the cause of the crash, which occurred around 10 p.m. local time Thursday in Iraq near the Iraqi town of al Qaim, not far from the Syrian border, the official said.
Al Qaim has long been a hotbed for insurgent activity, raising fears that insurgents caused the crash. But there was no initial evidence of that, U.S. military officials said.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether President Donald Trump had been notified of the crash. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was returning from a trip to the Middle East at the time of the crash.
Roughly 4,000 U.S. forces are in Iraq. Even though Islamic State has been defeated in country, the U.S. troops are there to help local officials rebuild and to train forces to make sure the terror group doesn’t return, U.S. military officials have said.
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