U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Carlos Jimenez

One coalition service member killed, several injured, in Iraq helicopter crash

August 20, 2018 - 10:29 am

An American service member was killed and several injured when their aircraft crashed in Iraq late Sunday night, officials said. 

The service member was on a “partnered” counterterrorism mission, Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR)—the American-led counter-ISIS coalition—said in a news release Monday morning. 

The aircraft, which OIR declined to identify, went down at approximately 1:00 am local Iraq time. 

All personnel were recovered by coalition forces and three were evacuated for further treatment, the statement said. The incident is under investigation. 

10 troops were aboard the aircraft, according to Newsweek, which reported that the aircraft was an MH-60 Black Hawk operated by the elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), also known as the “Night Stalkers,” citing anonymous sources. 

Officials with OIR, which involves more than 30 countries, gave no indication as to the nationality of the service, but added the deceased’s name “will be released by the pertinent national authorities.” 

On Monday, Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning confirmed that the killed service member was American, he added there is no indication that the downed aircraft was a result of enemy fire. 

This incident marks the second helicopter crash in Iraq this year. In March, a U.S. Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk went down after it struck power lines in western Anbar province, killing seven U.S. troops

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