First American soldier killed in Iraq since official end of combat in 2011

by Missy Ryan, Mustafa Salim and Thomas Gibbons-Neff | The Washington Post  |  published on October 23, 2015


BAGHDAD — American and Kurdish commandos raided an Islamic State prison in Iraq on Thursday, freeing about 70 captives believed to be facing “mass execution” and leaving one U.S. soldier dead, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.

It was the first time a member of the U.S. military had been killed in a combat situation in Iraq since President Obama pulled out all U.S. troops in 2011.

In a pre-dawn operation, soldiers from the Army’s Delta Force, supporting a team of elite Kurdish soldiers , descended on a militant compound in the town of Hawijah, where officials believed that dozens of Kurdish fighters known as peshmerga were being held captive.

  • FIREBRED

    This brave soldier, like the rest of our Armed Forces was a volunteer; then good Ol’Bluelips could technically call it a SUICIDE, lol!

  • donemyhomework

    Not a combat death huh? Too bad for the family. Obama is a total snake.

  • TexRancher

    Obama and his band of political snakes have already ruled that this soldier’s death was NOT a combat death! This denies his survivors the benefits he clearly earned! How low can one get? Obama is pushing that level even lower every day that he’s walking around free! Just like Ft. Hood killings were “work place violence” and not a terrorist act!

    Scum rises to the top especially in politics!

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