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American killed in Iraq after ISIS broke through Peshmerga lines

An American service member was killed in Iraq as a result of enemy fire about thirty kilometers north of Mosul, Pentagon officials confirmed

Barbara Starr and Jeremy Diamond for CNN report: The service member was a Navy SEAL, a U.S. defense official told CNN, though the SEAL's rank is still unclear. The Pentagon will provide additional information on the service member's identity after next of kind have been notified.

The person was an adviser to Kurdish Peshmerga forces that are fighting ISIS and was killed during an ISIS assault "on a Peshmerga position approximately three to five kilometers behind the forward line of troops," Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said in a statement.

As reported by a U.S. official, the U.S. forces have responded with an F15s and drones which dropped more than 20 bombs. Defense Secretary Ash Carter stated that the death shows "it's a serious fight that we have to wage in Iraq."

"This sad news is a reminder of the dangers our men and women in uniform face every day in the ongoing fight to destroy ISIL and end the threat the group poses to the United States and the rest of the world. Our coalition will honor this sacrifice by dealing ISIL a lasting defeat."

“The death is the third U.S. combat casualty since the U.S. redeployed forces to Iraq in the summer of 2014 to adviser local forces and conduct special operations against ISIS.

Marine Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin was killed in March in a rocket attack on a U.S. base in northern Iraq. And an October 2015 rescue mission in northern Iraq had previously claimed the first American casualty, U.S. Army Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler,” conclude Starr and Diamond.

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA.

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