US Navy officer killed by ISIS in IRaq
The U.S. service member killed near Irbil, Iraq, by ISIS gunfire was a Navy SEAL, Navy Times learned. The Associated Press later identified the casualty as Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) 1st Class Charlie Keating IV.
Keating died around 9:33 a.m. local time from a gunshot wound, according to two defense officials.
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said “it is a combat death” at a Tuesday press conference.
Keating is the third American serviceman to die in combat in Iraq since the U.S.-led coalition launched its campaign against the Islamic State in the summer of 2014, according to military officials.
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