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USA military helicopter crashes in western Iraq

16 March 2018

Officials said: "We are aware of reports of an incident involving a Coalition aircraft in the vicinity of Al Qaim, Iraq March 15, 2018".

The officials cautioned that these are early reports and that the Pave Hawk was carrying seven personnel, but was not on a combat mission. All were US Air Force airmen, ABC News confirmed.

Early indications were that there was no enemy fire involved, officials told NBC News.

A military helicopter with U.S. service members aboard crashed in Iraq late Thursday, U.S. Central Command and military officials said, and rescue teams were responding to the scene.

The coalition said further details will be released after an investigation determines the cause of the incident.

The incident occurs as the United States is shifting personnel and resources out of Iraq and into Afghanistan, as the war against ISIS in Iraq has wound down in recent months.

There are approximately 5,262 U.S. service members in Iraq, according to the Pentagon.

USA military helicopter crashes in western Iraq