ISIS kills US service member in Iraq: Pentagon

2016-05-03 19:29
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Washington - The Islamic State group killed a US service member in Iraq  on Tuesday, the Pentagon said.

The fatality occurred during an ISIS attack on a Peshmerga position north of Mosul, Pentagon spokesperson Peter Cook said in a statement.

The US-led anti-ISIS coalition had said earlier that a service member had died, but did not specify a nationality.

"He was killed by direct fire," a defence official told AFP.

Cook said the attack took place about 3 - 5km behind the forward line of troops, adding that the service member was advising and assisting Peshmerga forces.

"As [US Defence Secretary Ashton] Carter noted today in Germany, 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," Cook said, using an alternate acronym for the ISIS group.

"Our coalition will honour this sacrifice by dealing ISIL a lasting defeat."

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