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Pentagon identifies US Army soldier who died in Iraq on Sunday

One of the last few convoys of service members cross over the border into Kuwait from Iraq on Dec 18, 2011. (Staff Sgt. Lynette Hoke/U.S. Air Force)
October 30, 2019

A U.S. Army soldier died on Sunday in a non-combat incident in Iraq.

A statement released by the Pentagon confirmed the death on Wednesday morning and identified the fallen soldier as Sgt. Nathaneil G. Irish, 23, of Billings, Montana.

The soldier died in Camp Taji, Iraq in what the Pentagon has described as a “non-combat related incident” and an investigation is underway.

Irish was a member of the 25th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

Irish had deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

The operation has had 88 U.S. military and DOD civilian casualties since it was established in October 2014, according to a document released Monday by the Pentagon. Of those casualties, 17 were killed in action and 71 were non-hostile.

Camp Taji, where Irish died, is a military base north of Baghdad where U.S. troops and allies train Iraqi forces.

The death comes six months after a Fort Carson-based soldier died in another non-combat incident in Camp Taji.

At that time, Spc. Michael T. Osorio, 20, was the second non-combat death in Iraq in the span of four days.

Osorio was a member of the 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, at Fort Carson, Colorado, a Pentagon statement said.

Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley, 22, died in Nineawa Province, Iraq days earlier from another non-combat incident, a Pentagon statement had announced at the time.

Riley was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.