According to CBS News, US officials said Friday that a military helicopter had crashed in western Iraq with seven service members on board. The officials said there was no immediate indication that the Pave Hawk helicopter was shot down.
The aircraft was being 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 al-Qaim in Anbar Province, where the US has a base.
The US officials said rescuers were responding to the location, but other details were not yet available.
Government officials in Baghdad told CBS News the Iraqi Army 8th division was assisting US forces to secure the crash site.
US Defense Secretary James Mattis, who was traveling back to the US from Bahrain, was briefed on the crash.
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