According to the Islamic State media outlet Amaq News, ISIS fighters blew up an Iraqi helicopter around noon today, near the town of Al-Khalidiyah in the Anbar governorate.
This town is located west of Fallujah, a major Islamic State stronghold.
The Amaq News claim cannot be independently verified by Al-Masdar News.
However, ISIS has showcased it possesses lethal MANPAD’s in the Fallujah area in a video published three days ago.
This missile anti-aircraft weaponry is able to bring down helicopters and low flying airplanes.
Nevertheless, ISIS forces have been losing ground around Fallujah since Monday, when the Iraqi Prime Minister announced a major offensive would begin ultimately aimed at the capture of the city.