The Iraqi Army lost two helicopters in a matter of days, resulting in the death of 11 crewmembers.

In the first incident on 16 February saw a Mil Mi-17 ‘Hip’ transport helicopter crash near the city of Kut, about 160 km southeast of Baghdad with the loss of all 9 onboard. It has been reported that this was an accident, and not caused by enemy action.

In the second incident on 18 February, a Bell IA-407 light attack helicopter was shot down near Amiriyat Al-Fallujah, about 5 km southeast of Baghdad. […]