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Iraqi military helicopter shot down by Islamic State near Samarra
Iraqi military helicopter shot down by Islamic State near Samarra

An Iraqi military helicopter has been shot down by Islamic State militants near the Sunni-dominated city of Samarra, killing the two pilots. The Sunni extremists also were reported on the verge of taking a western Iraq town from poorly equipped government forces. Iraqi news reports said Saturday that the military helicopter had been shot down near Mutassem, a strategic entry to the Shiite Muslim holy city of Samarra about 80 miles north of the capital. It wasn't immediately clear what type of helicopter was shot down, or exactly when. Iraq’s Alhurra television channel reported that a helicopter was shot down Saturday, as did the Associated Press, but antigovernment activists...

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