A USA military helicopter crashed after hitting a power line in Iraq's western Anbar province, killing all seven personnel aboard, the Pentagon said Friday.
Yesterday at about 6:45 p.m. GMT, a U.S. HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in western Iraq.
"All personnel aboard were killed in the crash", Brig. "We are thinking of the loved ones of these service members today", Brigadier General Jonathan Braga said.
"While the investigation is still ongoing, there is absolutely no reason to believe this involved enemy action", said Col. Thomas Veale, a spokesman for the USA -led coalition battling the Islamic State.
The military said there was no immediate indication that the Pave Hawk helicopter was shot down.
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U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, who was traveling back to the U.S. from Bahrain, was briefed on the crash.
USA forces and Iraqi partners have been winding down their operations against the Islamic State, but fighters pushed from urban centers in Iraq have escaped to the desert along the border to hide. The identities of those killed will be released after next of kin are notified.
"Rescue teams are responding to the scene of the downed aircraft at this time", U.S. Central Command said in a statement.
The crash occurred near the border with Syria, near the town of Al Qaim. The anti-IS campaign accelerated through much of a year ago, as coalition and Iraq forces battled to take back a string of cities and towns.
The US military says there are more than 5,000 American soldiers in Iraq as part of the fight against the Islamic State group.