The Iraqi military says one of its helicopters has crashed south of the capital, Baghdad, killing all nine crew members.
Army spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasool said the Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters crashed on February 16 due to a "technical problem."
He said two pilots and seven army officers were killed in the incident.
Police said officers accompanied an army patrol to the crash site in a desert area some 60 kilometers northeast of Kut Province to retrieve the bodies.
Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters