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US service member killed in noncombat incident in northern Iraq

Light armored vehicles with Task Force 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 8, traverse the rocky terrain of the Sinjar Mountains on a constant basis while deployed to Ninewa province, Iraq. The battalion was one of the first LAR battalions to enter Iraq and will be the last LAR battalion to leave. (Sgt. Eric C. Schwartz/U.S. Marine Corps)
April 21, 2019

An American service member died Saturday in a noncombat incident in northern Iraq, the military said.

The identity of the service member, who died in Nineveh province, would not be released until after next of kin were notified, Operation Inherent Resolve said in a brief statement that gave no further information about the circumstances of the death.

U.S. troops are continuing to serve in Iraq as part of a coalition to train, advise and assist local forces in the fight against an Islamic State insurgency, after helping bring an end to the terrorist group’s physical “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria.

Last month, President Donald Trump announced that U.S.-backed forces in Syria had retaken the last of the ISIS-held territory.

Still, the terrorist group has continued to carry out violent attacks in both Iraq and Syria and remains a threat.

Inherent Resolve said in a statement earlier this month that the group maintains an underground network of cells and that the U.S.-led coalition is continuing to provide Iraqi security forces the training needed to defeat those cells.

Saturday’s death is the first 2019 fatality of an American service member in Iraq.

Two U.S. soldiers supporting the Inherent Resolve operation were killed in a noncombat vehicle accident in Kuwait in March.

In January, two American service members, a Defense Department civilian and a DOD contractor were killed in a bombing at a restaurant in the Syrian town of Manbij.


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