U.S. service member killed, others injured in helicopter crash in Iraq

US-led international coalition forces.

Baghdad ( A U.S. soldier was killed, while others were injured in a helicopter crash in Iraq, the U.S.-led Coalition in Iraq announced on Monday.

In remarks, the coalition said a service member was killed, while others were injured as their helicopter crashed while being on a counter-terrorism mission in Iraq late on Sunday.

According to the Coalition, there is no evidence that the crash was caused by hostile fire, saying that investigations were conducted.
On Sunday, the coalition was U.S. forces will remain in Iraq, so long as there is a need for that, which is contrary to the U.S. promises to withdraw from Iraq after Islamic State was defeated.

Security expert, Safaa al-Aasam told Almaalomah website on Sunday that Washington seeks increasing the number of military bases up to 12 bases, from nine bases, and that it takes advantage of the security situation at the border region between Iraq and Syria to keep its combat forces.

In December, Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.

However, Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country. The group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

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