The military has confirmed that at least one member of the U.S.-led coalition is dead after an American military helicopter crashed in Iraq on Sunday. A number of others are injured.
Officials say the helicopter was conducting what they call a partnered counterterrorism mission. It was reportedly returning from a small-scale raid when it went down – and there are no indications so far that enemy fire was involved.
“The aircraft was conducting a partnered counterterrorism mission against [the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] in support of Operation Inherent Resolve,” Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Robert Manning III says in a statement. “This most-recent event is a solemn reminder of the inherent danger of our business, and the risk that our personnel are put in daily around the world.” The incident remains under investigation.