A US military helicopter, with seven service members onboard, has crashed in the western Iraqi province of Anbar, US officials say.
The aircraft was a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter and it crashed near al-Qaim town near the Syrian border on Thursday, two US officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
One of the officials said fatalities were “likely” and that there were no indications that the helicopter was shot down by hostile forces.
The US Central Command confirmed the news in a statement, saying, “Rescue teams are responding to the scene of the downed aircraft at this time.”
There has been no further details about the crash, but the Central Command said it will launch an investigation into the cause of the incident.
The US has been leading a coalition of its allies in a military campaign against purported Daesh targets in Iraq since 2014. The alliance has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians.