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Iraqi General Killed In Arizona Plane Crash

The body of an Iraqi general killed when his military fighter jet crashed into the Arizona desert during a night training mission has been found near the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. officials said June 26.

Search crews recovered the body of Brigadier General Rasid Mohammed Sadiq Hasan from the crash site. Hasan was alone in the Iraqi military-owned F-16 Fighting Falcon when it went down June 24, sparking a large grass fire.

The U.S. Air Force is investigating the cause of the accident.

Hasan was part of a Tucson-based training program for pilots from nine nations that is run by the Arizona Air National Guard.

"Our hearts are with Geneneral Hasan's family, friends and countrymen," Colonel Phil Purcell of the Guard said.

Iraqi pilots trained by the Air Force will be the first to use F-16s belonging to Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State militant group.

Based on reporting by Reuters and