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US Service Member Killed In Special Operations Helicopter Crash In Iraq
A U.S. service member fighting as part of the campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria was killed and several others injured when their aircraft crashed in Iraq around 10 p.m. on Sunday, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed.
- “I would like to express our condolences on behalf of the Department of Defense for the death of one U.S. service member and several others injured when their aircraft crashed yesterday in Iraq,” Army Col. Rob Manning told reporters on Monday. “The aircraft was conducting a partnered counter-terrorism mission against ISIS in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. All personnel were recovered by coalition forces immediately following the incident and three were evacuated for further treatment. There are no indications the crash was caused by hostile fire.”
- The incident is under investigation and the name of the fallen service member will be released after next of kin notification, Manning said. Currently, about 5,200 U.S. troops are deployed to Iraq, about 2,000 are in Syria, and roughly 14,000 are serving in Afghanistan, he said.
- “This most recent event is a solemn reminder of the inherent danger of our business and the risks that our personnel are put in daily around the world – from the battlefield to the ships at sea,” Manning said.
- Newsweek reports that the aircraft involved was an MH-60 Black Hawk, with 10 U.S. military personnel from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment on board.
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No information was immediately available about why Mitchell decided to resign. His last day will be Nov. 1 and he will be replaced by Thomas Alexander, who is currently leading the Defense Department's counternarcotics efforts, the defense official told Task & Purpose.
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