Helicopter downed in Iraq; Islamic State claims responsibility

By REUTERS
February 17, 2016 23:18

BAGHDAD - An Iraqi army helicopter crashed on Wednesday due to "hostile fire" west of Baghdad where security forces were fighting Islamic State militants, who claimed responsibility for downing it.

The helicopter crashed in the Fuhailat area, a frontline 15 km (10 miles) southeast of the Islamic state stronghold of Falluja, according to a police officer from the nearby town of Amriyat Falluja.

"Initial reports suggest the helicopter was shot down by anti-aircraft machine gun," lieutenant Hani al-Jumaili said.


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