U.S. service member dies by ISIS explosive in Mosul

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US Army officers serving in Iraq participate in the authority transfer ceremony on Jan. 19, 2017

ARA News

A U.S. service member died from wounds sustained in an explosive device blast outside of Mosul city, in northwestern Iraq, on Saturday.

“Further information [on the incident] will be released as appropriate. It is CJTF-OIR policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities,” the US-led coalition said.

Mosul is Iraq’s second most populous city. It fell to ISIS in June 2014.

However, ISIS is now slowly being pushed back after Iraqi and Kurdish forces launched on 17 October, 2016, an operation to take Mosul.

The major offensive is being supported by the US-led coalition.

The Mosul assault involves a 100,000-strong ground force of Iraqi government troops, members of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Shia paramilitary Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).

The first U.S. coalition soldier was killed by an Islamic State (ISIS) explosive during the fourth day of the Mosul offensive in October.

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