While the Trump administration declared victory in the fight against ISIS over the summer, the effort to regain absolute control of final territory is still persisting. Continued efforts in Iraq are underway to prevent enemies from quickly reassembling.
Unfortunately, during the continued effort what is believed to be a mechanical error has taken the lives of seven U.S. soldiers in Iraq.
BREAKING: Multiple dead after U.S. HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashes with 7 passengers on board in western Iraq, officials say. https://t.co/RtnrbkYjM1
— ABC News (@ABC) March 15, 2018
As Associated Press reports, an Air Force helicopter used for combat search and rescue went down unexpectedly Thursday afternoon near the town of Qaim in Anbar Province.
U.S. Central Command released the following statement:
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.
Further details will be released when available.
An investigation will be initiated to determine the cause of the incident.
No personal information concerning those who were killed has been released and will be held until next of kin have been notified.
Per Associated Press:
All seven service members aboard a U.S. helicopter that crashed in Iraq were killed, the Pentagon said Friday in a written statement.
The aircraft crashed in western Iraq a day earlier, U.S. 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.
BREAKING: Pentagon says all seven service members aboard American helicopter that crashed in Iraq were killed.
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 16, 2018
“All personnel aboard were killed in the crash,” said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jonathan P. Braga and director of operations in the fight against ISIS, per Associated Press. “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.”
Braga, who leads the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, also said, “We are grateful to the Iraqi Forces for their imediate assistance in response to this tragic incident. Iraqi Security Forces continue to demostrate their professionalism, capabilities and flexibility as we continue the fight towards a lasting defeat of Daesh.”
— ABC News (@ABC) March 16, 2018
The Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, said in a statement, via ABC News: “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. Further details will be released when available. An investigation will be initiated to determine the cause of the incident.”
As Fox News reports, “The incident marked the second aircraft crash for the military in two days.”
“A U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet jet crashed off the coast of Key West, Florida, on Wednesday, killing both a pilot and a weapons systems officer,” the report reads.
US military aircraft crashes in Iraq, officials say https://t.co/B4g6H5pRls
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 16, 2018