According to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, a helicopter of the Iraqi Air Force has been shot down during battles to the north of Baiji city.
On January 4, the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group declared that it destroyed a helicopter of the Iraqi Air Force during battles to the north of Baiji city. According to terrorists, the helicopter was shot down in the area of the Makhoul ridge; all four people on its board were killed.
Official Iraqi media did not report about the incident, but, according to social networks, an unnamed representative of the country’s military authorities has confirmed the loss of the helicopter. Photos of the lost helicopter and members of its crew were also published online. Judging by the photos, the Mi-35M was shot down near the Makhoul mountains.
A few days ago, terrorists cut off the road from Baghdad to Mosul (a section between Baiji and Shirkat) near the Makhoul ridge. Over the past two days, the Iraqi Army recaptured three checkpoints on the road and one small village, however, Iraqi troops still have not managed to open traffic on Mosul – fightings in the area of the road are ongoing.