IRAQ: U.S. serviceman killed in combat, Defense Secretary says

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STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — An American serviceman has been killed near Irbil, Iraq.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who’s in Germany consulting with European allies, says it’s “a combat death.” Another U.S. military official says the American was killed by “direct fire” after Islamic State forces penetrated the front line of Kurdish Peshmerga troops.

The official says the U.S. soldier was advising Kurdish forces.

“This sad news is a reminder of the dangers our men and women in uniform face every day in the ongoing fight to destroy ISIL,” says Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook in a statement, using another acronym for ISIS. “Our coalition will honor this sacrifice by dealing ISIL a lasting defeat.

The U.S. responded with more than 20 airstrikes, military officials say.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 3 for updates.

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