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U.S. Loses First Soldier in Anti-ISIS Fight during Rescue Mission

Fox News [1] reported:

Pentagon officials are “saddened” by the first American death in the ground fight against ISIS in Iraq, press secretary Peter Cook told reporters Thursday.

The U.S. Army Special Operator was killed in a rescue mission that freed as many as 70 ISIS hostages, defense officials said.

A senior U.S. defense official said the service member was shot in a gunfight. The Pentagon said he died after receiving medical care, and no other Americans were hurt.

The Arab hostages were freed from an ISIS prison in northern Iraq near Hawijah. “People were chained to walls,” one well-placed military source told Fox News.