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US Service Member Killed By Roadside IED In Iraq As ISIS Campaign Casualties Rise
A U.S. service member was killed in Iraq when an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle, the Department of Defense announced on Oct. 1, the 13th American combat death in Operation Inherent Resolve, the three-year-old campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and the 8th fatality in 2017 alone.
While the Pentagon declined to provide specifics regarding the incident, spokesman Eric Pahon confirmed to Stars and Stripes that another service member was injured during the attack.
The attack was the latest known fatality for coalition forces following the death of a French non-commissioned officer from the elite 13th Parachute Dragoons Regiment, who was killed on Sept. 23 while advising regional partners as part of OIR, the BBC reports. It was whether he died in Iraq or Syria.
The last casualties for U.S. forces under OIR came in August when two service members were killed and five more were injured during combat operations in northern Iraq. The Department of Defense said at the time that initial reports suggested the incident “was not due to enemy contact.”
This most recent death of a U.S. service member comes amid the steady uptick in operational tempo among U.S.-led forces in Iraq and Syria since President Donald Trump took office in January. Since expelling ISIS fighters from their so-called caliphates de facto capital in Mosul in July, bombing sorties against militant forces have reached their highest levels since the start of the campaign in 2014.
On Oct. 1, OIR spokesman Col. Ryan S. Dillon stated on Twitter that the U.S.-led coalition was conducting 40 airstrikes a week in support of Iraqi Security Forces in their offensive against ISIS forces in the city of Hawija; according to Reuters, the militants torched three oil wells in the city, west of oil depot and remaining ISIS stronghold Kirkuk, to stymie advancing coalition forces.
In 2016, 17 American service members were killed in Iraq, up from 6 in 2015 and in 2014, according to iCasualties.
All of the military’s forks, knives and spoons will come from the last all-American flatware maker, according to the defense budget
WASHINGTON – A $738 billion defense bill agreed to by House and Senate negotiators Monday night contains a provision that will boost a small Upstate New York company that serves as America's last flatware maker, according to Rep. Anthony Brindisi.
The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2020 includes Brindisi's amendment requiring the military to buy American-made eating utensils for its installations around the world.
Sherrill Manufacturing in Oneida County is the only U.S. manufacturer that makes and sources 100 percent of its flatware domestically.
KABUL (Reuters) - Suicide bombers struck the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least one person and injuring scores in a major attack that could scupper plans to revive peace talks between the United States and the Taliban.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which struck the Bagram air base north of Kabul.
"First, a heavy-duty Mazda vehicle struck the wall of the American base," said Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman. "Later several mujahideen equipped with light and heavy weapons were able to attack the American occupiers."
The White House doctor still under investigation for doling out pills like a ‘candy man’ is now running for Congress
Ronny Jackson, the former White House physician and retired Navy rear admiral who had a short run as the nominee for the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2018, now plans to run for a seat in Congress.
The Navy has posthumously awarded aviator and aircrewman wings to three sailors killed in last week's shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
"The selfless acts of heroism displayed by these young Sailors the morning of Dec. 6 are nothing short of incredible," Chief of Naval Air Training Rear Adm. Daniel Dwyer said in a statement.