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22 US soldiers injured in Syria helicopter accident

The MH-17 helicopter took a "hard landing" shortly after take off, but hostile fire was not involved, Pentagon officials said.
A US Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter takes off at sunset while transporting American troops out of a remote combat outpost known as RLZ near the Turkish border in northeastern Syria, May 25, 2021.

Twenty-two US troops were injured in a helicopter “mishap” in northeast Syria on Sunday, the Pentagon’s Middle East headquarters revealed on Tuesday.

The military evacuated 15 of the injured soldiers to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany for treatment as of Tuesday evening, with one scheduled to be brought back to the United States for further care, according to a US military official. All of those injured were in stable condition and seven were scheduled to return to regular duty, the official said.

The helicopter took a hard landing during takeoff due to a problem with one of its rotors, Pentagon deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh told reporters on Tuesday afternoon.

CENTCOM officials said no “enemy fire” was reported to have been involved, but the incident remains under investigation.

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