U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday, May 3 that an American service member was killed in Iraq, marking the third U.S. combat death in the country since June 2014 during the campaign against ISIS.
Speaking from Germany, Carter called the incident a “combat death,” adding that the individual was killed by enemy fire.
A U.S. military official added that the American was killed by “direct fire” while performing his duty as an adviser to Kurdish Peshmerga troops.
Pentagon spokesman, Peter Cook, said, “The casualty occurred during and ISIL attack on a Peshmerga position approximately three to five kilometers behind the forward line of troops.”
According to a report from CBS News, the serviceman was killed in a battle north of Mosul, an area which saw intense fighting Tuesday as ISIS militants tried to fight their way north from their stronghold.
The ISIS attack was repelled by 23 airstrikes executed by F-15, F-16, A-10 jets and drones that were called to support the coalition and Kurdish forces.
There were no other U.S. casualties reported during the battle. It is unclear how many Peshmerga casualties resulted from the incident.
In a statement, the Pentagon said that the serviceman will be identified after next of kin are informed. Two U.S. officials say he was a Navy SEAL, according to ABC News.
h/t ABCNews, Newbeat
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