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Iraqi Military Helicopter Crash Kills Nine

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