US ser­vice mem­ber killed by road­side bomb in north­ern Iraq

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

A U.S. mil­i­tary mem­ber was killed by a road­side bomb Thurs­day in con­nec­tion with the Iraqi ef­fort to re­take the key city of Mo­sul, mark­ing the first Amer­i­can com­bat ca­su­alty in the long-planned push against the Is­lamic State group.

U.S. of­fi­cials said the Amer­i­can was in a ve­hi­cle north of Mo­sul when he was hit. He later died of his wounds. His iden­tity was be­ing with­held pend­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tion of his fam­ily. Pen­tagon of­fi­cials had ac­knowl­edged at the out­set of the Iraqi-led of­fen­sive that U.S. spe­cial op­er­a­tions troops ad­vis­ing Iraqi se­cu­rity forces and Kur­dish mili­tia fight­ers could be in­jured or killed.

Road­side bombs and other em­place­ments of im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices pose a par­tic­u­lar dan­ger to ad­vanc­ing Iraqi forces and the U.S. ad­vis­ers who are with them. The Is­lamic State group, which has oc­cu­pied Mo­sul for more than two years, has pre­pared ex­ten­sive de­fenses in and around the city.

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