ISTANBUL – New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. sent a written message to Dr. Fuat Oktay, president of the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) of Turkey, for transferring reporter Alissa Rubin and photographer Adam Ferguson from Zakho, Iraq to Istanbul for treatment after a deadly helicopter crash on August 12, 2014. While the pilot of the Russian-made Mi-17 helicopter, carrying U.S. humanitarian aid to the Yazidi community on Mount Sinjar, lost his life in the accident, an estimated 25 passengers, including Yazidi parliamentarian Vian Dakhil who was subsequently transferred to Istanbul, survived the crash.

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