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Pentagon says an American is killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq



WASHINGTON – An American soldier died Sunday in a helicopter accident in Iraq following a joint anti-terrorist operation, military officials said.

Several other troops were injured and three evacuated for treatment, said the US-led Baghdad military coalition. In a statement, the coalition said the incident was being investigated and there was "no evidence that the crash was caused by enemy fire."

The Pentagon has insisted that the main task of the approximately 5,000 American troops stationed in Iraq is to advise local soldiers in the dwindling fight against the Islamic State. The death on Sunday, however, shows that American troops are still involved in operations against the militants.

On Monday, Colonel Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, confirmed to reporters the death of an American, but did not announce any further details about the crash. 19659005] A report in Newsweek identified the helicopter as a Special Operations variant of the UH-60 Black Hawk, a workhorse of the US military's helicopter fleet.

The crash comes five months after an air force helicopter penetrated into electrical wires Western Iraq, killing all seven troops on board.

Helene Cooper contributed to the report.


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