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Tripp Zanetis. (Courtesy of the FDNY)

A litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York was one of seven soldiers killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq on March 15.

Christopher Tripp Zanetis, known to friends and colleagues by his middle name, perished when a HH-60 Pave Hawk carrying him and six other airmen crashed along the Iraq-Syria border after hitting a power line. U.S. military officials said that Iraqi security forces quickly reached the crash site.

The accident, which military officials said was not a result of enemy fire during a combat mission, occurred near the western Iraqi town of Al-Qa’im, where U.S. forces operate a logistics center and resupply base, according to news reports. Al-Qa’im, part of Iraq’s restive Anbar province, was the last ISIS stronghold in the country until pro-government forces backed by the U.S. pushed out the extremist group late last year. The border region reportedly remains an active transit point for ISIS fighters fleeing Syria.

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