Service member killed during mission in Iraq, US military says
The U.S. military says a service member has died today during a combat mission with Iraqi security forces in northern Iraq.
The statement by the Combined Joint Task Force as part of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) says the service member died on Saturday in the Ninewah province. OIR is an operational name for the military against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
The service member was advising and accompanying the Iraqi Security Forces on a planned operation when he was killed, according to the release.
US THREATENS TO PULL TROOPS FROM GERMANY IF NO INCREASE IN NATO DEFENSE SPENDING
Iraqi forces launched an anti-ISIS operation north of Baghdad in July, aimed at getting rid of the Islamic State group north of Baghdad and the surrounding areas. Although Iraq declared victory over ISIS in 2017, the group has continued to carry out insurgent tactics across the country.
There have been 84 U.S. military casualties during Operation Inherent Resolve since it began in 2014 and three total deaths involving civilians, according to the Department of Defense.
In comparison, Operation Iraqi Freedom totaled 4,410 military casualties between 2003-2010.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
The U.S. says the name of the service member is being withheld until after next of kin have been notified.