U.S. Service Member Killed In Ied Explosion Near Mosul
A U.S. service member was killed by an explosion of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on Saturday (April 29) near Mosul in northern Iraq, the Pentagon said.
The service member died from wounds sustained by “an explosive device blast” outside of Mosul, according to a statement from the Pentagon.
This is the second U.S. military fatality since the start of the offensive to free Mosul from the Islamic State (ISIS) began on October 17 last year.
Chief Petty Officer Jason Finan, 34, from Anaheim California died due to a roadside bomb blast north of Mosul in October.
The United States military presence in Syria suffered its first casualty during its anti-ISIS fight in the country on November 24, when a U.S. service member died of wounds from an improvised explosive device.
A U.S. contingent of Special Operations forces has been deployed in north Syria since October last year in an attempt to bolster the anti-ISIS coalition of Kurdish and Arab fighters in the region, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
The service member was killed near the town of Ayn Issa, 55 kilometers from the ISIS Syrian stronghold of Raqqa.