US serviceman dies in Iraq helicopter crash

US serviceman dies in Iraq helicopter crash
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A U.S. serviceman was killed in a helicopter crash Sunday night in Iraq, the Pentagon confirmed Monday.

The helicopter crashed around 10 p.m. following a raid against an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) target, though there are no indications that it was brought down by enemy fire, Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning told reporters.


Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the military campaign against ISIS, said in a statement that three other troops were evacuated for medical treatment. It is not known if they are also American.

“All personnel were recovered by Coalition forces immediately following the incident,” according to a statement from OIR.

Manning declined to comment further on the crash pending next-of-kin notification.

OIR also released a statement Monday morning on Twitter offering “heartfelt condolence to the family” of the deceased.

“While the incident was not a result of enemy fire, it further demonstrates the sacrifices of [coalition] service members and the danger they face everyday,” according to the statement.

Eleven U.S. troops have died in Iraq and Syria so far this year, including eight in helicopter crashes.

In March, an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in western Iraq. All seven on board were killed.