US soldier killed in Iraq: Pentagon
BAGHDAD (AP) — A U.S. service member in Iraq was killed Saturday by an explosive device outside Mosul, according to a statement released by the Pentagon.
The Pentagon said the service member died from wounds sustained in an "explosive device blast," stating further information would be released as appropriate.
Saturday's incident marks the second American military fatality since the start of the Mosul operation against the Islamic State group more than six months ago. In October, just days after the operation to retake Mosul was formally launched, Navy chief petty officer Jason C. Finan, 34, of Anaheim, California died of wounds sustained in a roadside bomb attack north of Mosul.
Finan was part of a team of advisers assisting Iraq's Kurdish fighters known as the Peshmerga.