BAGHDAD, Iraq – U.S. troops killed or captured a “small number” of fighters along the Iraqi-Syrian border after a U.S. helicopter was attacked from the ground, the U.S. military said Wednesday.
The helicopter received ground fire around midnight Tuesday in Qaim, about 6 miles from Syria’s border, forcing it to make an emergency landing, a military spokesman said.
U.S. troops on the ground reported the incident and returned fire. They secured a landing site with the aid of armored vehicles.
No coalition injuries were reported but “a small number of opposing forces were killed or captured,” the spokesman said.
The spokesman did not elaborate on the attackers. U.S. officials have long complained of foreign fighters slipping into Iraq along the Syrian frontier.
The area along the border is under the control of the 3rd Armored Cavalary as well as the 82nd Airborne Division.