United States service member dies in Iraq

It is likely that the serviceman died after a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) left by Daesh militants.

"Their bodies were dumped on the road leading to the positions of Iraqi security forces" in Mosul, federal police officer Sabhan Ali said.

A USA service member died from wounds suffered during the detonation of an explosive device Saturday outside of Mosul, Iraq, according to a statement from the US-led coalition.

The Pentagon declined to provide further details at this time, according to Military Times.

Since the beginning of the US campaign against IS in Iraq, the number of USA troops in the country has steadily grown.

Iraqi forces estimate the number of Islamic State fighters who remain in Mosul at 200 to 300, mostly foreigners, down from almost 6,000 when the offensive started.

The unidentified servicemember succumbed to wounds inflicted by an explosive device.

Operation Inherent Resolve is the USA -led operation to push the ISIS out of Syria and Iraq. Activists and monitoring groups put the number much higher, saying coalition strikes have killed more than 3,000 civilians in Iraq and Syria since then, according to Airwars.

Saturday's death, if caused by hostile fire, would be the fifth us combat death in Iraq since the start of the campaign against the Islamic State there in 2014, and the first during the Trump administration.

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  • Jon Douglas