Iraqi helicopter shot down on anti-militant op: army
KIRKUK (AFP) - Gunmen shot down an Iraqi helicopter on Wednesday killing four security forces members during a military operation against militants in the desert, army officers said.
The dead were two crew members and two soldiers who were on board when the helicopter was shot down in a desert area west of Baiji, a town north of the Iraqi capital.
Iraqi helicopters are periodically hit by gunfire during operations, including one last month in which a helicopter pilot was wounded.
Violence has reached a level unseen since 2008, and there are fears Iraq is slipping back toward the intense Sunni-Shiite bloodshed that peaked in 2006-2007 and killed tens of thousands.