Iraq TV: Aid helicopter crashes in north

SINAN SALAHEDDIN and SAMEER N. YACOUB
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Iraqis chant pro-government slogans and display placards bearing a picture of embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Al-Maliki is taking his struggle to keep his job to the courts after announcing he will file a legal complaint on Monday against the country's newly elected president. President Barack Obama warned Americans on Saturday that the new campaign to bring security in Iraq requires military and political changes and "is going to be a long-term project." (AP Photo/ Hadi Mizban)

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's military spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi has told state television that an Iraqi helicopter delivering aid to displaced Yazidis on Sinjar mountain has crashed.

Tens of thousands from the minority Yazidi sect have fled their homes after invading militants from the Islamic State group gave them an ultimatum to convert to Islam or be killed.

The displaced have been stranded on the Sinjar mountain range near the Syrian border with little food and water.

The Iraqi military as well as the U.S. and its allies have been flying supplies to help the people.

Al-Moussawi said Tuesday it was a Russian-made helicopter but gave no details on casualties.