World Bulletin / News Desk
A senior army commander was killed on Tuesday in a helicopter crash in the western city of Ramadi, the Iraqi Defense Ministry said.
In a statement, the ministry said that the helicopter carrying Gen. Hassan Karim Khudeir crashed due to a "technical mishap".
According to the statement, all crew members and Khudeir's associate were killed in the crash.
Since last December, the Iraqi army has waged a major offensive in the Sunni-majority Anbar province with the stated aim of flushing militants – who Baghdad claims are linked to Al-Qaeda – out of the key cities of Ramadi and Fallujah.
Many local Sunni tribes opposed to Iraq's Shiite-dominated government, meanwhile, have continued to voice anger over the operation's mounting civilian death toll.Last Mod: 16 Nisan 2014, 10:01