A United States military helicopter crashed after hitting a power line in Iraq, killing all seven personnel aboard, the Pentagon said on Friday.

The crash of the HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter occurred Thursday afternoon near the town of Qaim in the western part of Iraq.

“This tragedy reminds us of the risks our men and women face every day in service of our nations,” Brig. Gen. Jonathan P. Braga, the director of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, said in a statement. “We are thinking of the loved ones of these service members today.”

Names of the service members were being withheld until all families have been informed.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence responded to the tragedy on Twitter on Friday morning.

 

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