ERBIL, Iraq, April 6 Two Iraqi army pilots were
killed on Thursday when their helicopter was shot down over the
city of Mosul by Islamic State, according to a military
The helicopter was providing air support to Federal Police
forces battling Islamic State fighters on the western side of
Mosul, the statement said.
It is the first aircraft downed by Islamic State over Mosul
since the start of the U.S.-backed offensive on the northern
Iraqi city, in October.
Mosul is Islamic State's last major city stronghold in Iraq.
The hardline group seized the city nearly three years ago,
declaring from one of its old mosques a "caliphate" that also
spans parts of Syria.
(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Hugh Lawson)