Shoja Mohammad, a member of the Al-Anbar Revolution Youth Council, told Al-Jazeera TV: “We have very precise and credible information that the Iranian regime’s helicopters are flying with pilots from this regime and Nouri Maliki is paying for the expenses with Iraqi people’s money.”

He added: “A helicopter was shot down in Al Anbar. Its pilot had Iranian identity and soon the voice and video of this person will be published to prove to the world that the battle in Anbar has been planned by covert hands and continues with blatant interference of the Iranian regime.”