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Iraq TV: Aid Helicopter Crashes in North

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Courtesy: cbsnews.com, Reuters Courtesy: cbsnews.com, Reuters
Iraq's military spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi has told state television that an Iraqi helicopter delivering aid to displaced Yazidis on Sinjar mountain has crashed.
 
Tens of thousands from the minority Yazidi sect have fled their homes after invading militants from the Islamic State group gave them an ultimatum to convert to Islam or be killed.
 
The displaced have been stranded on the Sinjar mountain range near the Syrian border with little food and water.
 
The Iraqi military as well as the U.S. and its allies have been flying supplies to help the people.
 
Al-Moussawi said Tuesday it was a Russian-made helicopter but gave no details on casualties.

Meanwhile, U.S. military officials say an armed American drone has attacked and destroyed a mortar position of Islamic militants in northern Iraq.

The U.S. Central Command issued a brief statement saying the Tuesday morning attack targeted a mortar position that was firing on members of the Kurdish militia who were defending civilians attempting to evacuate the Sinjar area.
 
No other details were provided.   (AP)
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