UPDATE: This story was updated on March 16 after officials announced that all aboard the helicopter were killed.
Seven U.S. troops were killed on Thursday when their Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in western Iraq, U.S. officials said.
It was not immediately clear on Friday which military branches the troops onboard were from. The names of the troops killed have not been released pending next of kin notification, according to the task force in charge of U.S. military operations in Iraq and Syria.
“All personnel aboard were killed in the crash,” said Brig. Gen. Jonathan P. Braga, director of operations, Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve. "This tragedy reminds us of the risks our men and women face every day in service of our nations. We are thinking of the loved ones of these service members today."
There were no indications that the helicopter was downed by enemy fire, the task force said in a Friday news release. A quick reaction force of Iraqi and coalition troops secured the crash site.
A non-profit charity for the families of rescue airmen who are killed and wounded is standing by to provide help to the families of the fallen troops, said Carmina Aguirre, director of operations for That Others May Live Foundation, which offers scholarships to the children of fallen rescue airmen.
The crash happened a day after a Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet went down off Florida, killing two aviators. The Defense Department has not yet released the names of those killed.
An Oregon Air National Guard F-15C Eagle that made an emergency landing on Wednesday ditched its entire arsenal of live air-to-air missiles before touching down at Portland International Airport, The War Zone reports.
President Donald Trump announced in December that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has since made a strong push to keep a small residual force along the Turkish border along with troops from European allies.
The former Navy SEAL among a group of eight men arrested earlier this week in Port-au-Prince on weapons charges says he was providing security work "for people who are directly connected to the current President" of Haiti.
"We were being used as pawns in a public fight between him and the current Prime Minister of Haiti," said Chris Osman, 44, in a post on Instagram Friday. "We were not released we were in fact rescued."
It's a photo for the ages: a Marine NCO, a Greek god in his dress blues, catches the eye of a lovely young woman as her boyfriend urges her on in distress. It's the photographic ancestor of the much-loved "distracted boyfriend" stock photo meme, made even sweeter by the fact that this is clearly a sailor about to lose his girl to a Devil Dog.
Well, this photo and the Marine in it, which hopscotched around Marine Corps Facebook and Instagram pages before skyrocketing to the front page of Reddit on Thursday, are very real.
The photo shows then-Staff Sgt. Louis A. Capozzoli — and he is absolutely not on his way to steal your girl.