ISIS claims responsibility for downed Iraqi helicopter

An Iraqi military helicopter prepares to attack Islamic State extremists, as Iraqi Security forces enter downtown Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015.

An Iraqi military helicopter prepares to attack Islamic State extremists, as Iraqi Security forces enter downtown Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015.


An Iraqi army helicopter crashed on Wednesday due to “hostile fire” west of Baghdad where security forces were fighting ISIS militants, who claimed responsibility for downing it.

The helicopter crashed in the Fuhailat area, a frontline 15 km (10 miles) southeast of the militant group’s 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.

ISIS said in a message circulated by its supporters on Twitter that it had downed the aircraft.

One member of the armed forces died and two crew members were seriously wounded, according to the officer and a source at Amiriyat Fallujah hospital.

The incident comes a day after another army helicopter crashed in southern Iraq due to a technical fault, killing nine.


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