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U.S. Service Member Killed Near Fight For Mosul In Iraq

USA TodayA U.S. service member died Thursday from wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device blast in northern Iraq, the U.S. military said.

The U.S. military did not release details. American advisers are with Iraqi forces in the battle for Mosul, the largest offensive yet against the Islamic State in Iraq. The serviceman was part of the Mosul operation, said a U.S. official who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to discuss the incident publicly.

I’ve been detailing throughout the week the MASSIVE fight to retake Mosul from ISIS terrorists. It’s the coalition, made up of dozens of countries and nearly 100,000 troops, against ISIS, made up of 4 to 5,000 terrorists embedded deeply in Iraq’s second-largest city.

Among those 100,000 troops are 500 U.S. service members aiding the operation in many different ways — advising, strategizing, utilizing technology, and assisting directly. The risks in this battle are ENORMOUS and very real. That reality struck when a U.S. service member was killed by an IED near Mosul earlier this week. We owe it to this service member, and to all those exposed to similar risks across the globe, to take a minute to think about their jobs versus ours. To think about their lives versus ours. To think about the fact that we’re all here because of the millions and millions of heroes over the centuries that have taken on these risks, that have made these sacrifices.

This is the 4th U.S service member killed fighting ISIS.

Not a big religion guy, but god bless these men and women doing the toughest, most dangerous, and most important work in the world. The battle goes on.