IS shoots down Iraq helicopter

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Published: Saturday 13th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Islamic State group militants have shot down a military helicopter near Samarra, killing the two pilots onboard.

A senior official at the Iraqi Defence Ministry said the Sunni militants used a shoulder-fired rocket launcher to shoot down the helicopter on the outskirts of the Shiite holy city.

An army official corroborated the information.

The militants have shot down at least two other Iraqi military helicopters near the city of Beiji in recent months. It was not immediately clear what type of helicopter was shot down.

The Islamic State group holds about a third of Iraq and neighbouring Syria in its self-styled caliphate. US-led airstrikes and Iraqi forces have been battling them for months.

Published: Saturday 13th December 2014 by The News Editor

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