MOSUL, IRAQ - The ongoing war against the Islamic State has claimed the life of another American soldier after a Navy Seal was killed this morning by enemy gunfire in Iraq. Fighters with ISIS broke through the front lines guarded by Kurdish Pesh Merga forces, north of Mosul.
The Pentagon has not released the soldier's name, but say he was conducting "advise and assist" duties about three miles behind the front lines. U.S. forces struck back, dropping more than 20 bombs from drones and F15 jets.
Today's death is the third combat casualty since President Obama redeployed forces to Iraq, nearly two years ago, to help combat the rise of ISIS. Last week, the President announced a plan to send 250 more special forces troops to Syria to assist in the fight against ISIS there, but even with a smaller role in combat, Americans are still getting killed.
Their deaths are sobering reminders of the sacrifices made every day by our men and women in uniform and the dangerous burden they carry to keep the rest of us safe.