World

Soldier killed by explosive device is third US combat death this week in Iraq and Afghanistan

Army Rangers died as a result of small arms fire while engaged in dismounted operations

 

A U.S. military service member was killed by an explosive device outside Mosul, Iraq, today, according to U.S. Central Command.

Further information about the service member who died from wounds sustained in the blast will be released as appropriate.

This is the third American combat death this week in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Two U.S. service members were killed late Thursday and a third was wounded when they came under attack during a raid against Islamic State fighters in southern Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, a Department of Defense official confirmed to Fox News.

The soldiers were battling ISIS-K in partnership with Afghan defense forces in the same area where the “Mother Of All Bombs” was dropped earlier this month.

In keeping with U.S. military policy, the name of the solider killed Saturday will not be released until 24 hours after next-of-kin notification.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin, Hollie McKay, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.