U.S. soldier killed in combat in Iraq
“It is a combat death, of course. And a very sad loss,” U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said in Stuttgart, Germany, where he was meeting NATO allies.
The U.S. military’s latest casualty in Iraq came “in the neighborhood of Erbil,” the capital of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, according to Carter. CBS News senior national security correspondent David Martin said the battle was north of Mosul, an area that saw intense fighting Tuesday as ISIS militants tried to fight their way north from their stronghold…
Martin reports the troop killed was an American advisor to the Kurdish Peshmerga force. He was working with a Peshmerga unit 2-3 miles behind the front line during a battle with ISIS when some of the militants managed to get far enough into Kurdish territory to kill the American with gun fire.