Iraq militants occupy town

 23 Feb 2014 - 4:54


A military convoy drives during a patrol in Sulaiman Pek

BAGHDAD: Militants shot down a helicopter yesterday and briefly occupied a town.

All four crew members were killed when their helicopter was downed during a reconnaissance flight over the town of Karma in Iraq’s western province of Anbar, where the army is engaged in a standoff with anti-government fighters. Late on Friday, dozens of militants in SUVs drove into the small town of Al Sainiyah, near Baiji, some 180km north of Baghdad, after bombing the local police headquarters, and fought troops for several hours overnight, witnesses said.