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U.S. military helicopter crash in Iraq

President Trump offers his condolences to service members killed in helicopter crash in Iraq


Updated March 16, 2018 06:48 PM EDT

President Donald Trump is offered thoughts and prayers for the families of service members that were killed in a military helicopter crash in Iraq.

Trump said on Twitter that he is thinking of the "brave troops." He says "their sacrifice in service to our country will never be forgotten."

U.S. officials said the aircraft crashed in western Iraq Thursday. The Pentagon said Friday that all seven service members on board were killed.

The crash did not appear to be the result of enemy activity and is under investigation, the Pentagon said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also tweeted out his condolences to the families of two service members who were also a part of the New York Fire Department.

De Balsio said in a series of tweets, that New York City was mourning the deaths of "FDNY Lieutenant Christopher J. Raguso and FDNY Fire Marshal Christopher T. “Tripp” Zanetis."

He continued on to say that they were, "truly two of New York City’s bravest – running into danger to protect and defend others, both in our city and in combat overseas."

"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to their families, loved ones, and fellow service members and FDNY members," de Blasio said.

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Pentagon says all seven service members aboard a U.S. helicopter that crashed in Iraq were killed.

The Pentagon says in a statement Friday that the crash does not appear to be the result of enemy activity and is under investigation.

The U.S. military helicopter crashed in western Iraq, U.S. officials said Thursday.

The helicopter is used by the Air Force for combat search and rescue, and was in transit from one location to another when it went down Thursday afternoon near the town of Qaim in Anbar Province.

The Pentagon said an accompanying U.S. helicopter immediately reported the crash and a quick-reaction force comprised of Iraqi security forces and Coalition members secured the scene.

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