A U.S. service member has died just outside the northern city of Mosul, Iraq, a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve told Reuters.
The unidentified servicemember succumbed to wounds inflicted by an explosive device. The Pentagon declined to provide further details at this time, according to Military Times.
Iraqi security forces have been locked in a bloody siege to retake the strategically important city for more than six months, with some 500 American troops providing logistical and special operations support.
Saturday's death marks the second American military fatality since the operation began in October 2016 and the fifth combat death in Iraq since the U.S. initiated airstrikes against ISIS in August 2014.
The news follows the deaths of two Army Rangers were killed in a firefight with ISIS forces in the eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.
The Pentagon is investigating the incident for the possibility of 'friendly fire,' an allegation Rangers with knowledge of the battle vehemently reject.
According to the Associated Press, the are now more U.S. combat forces in Iraq than any time since the official U.S. withdrawal from the country in 2011.
Every once in a while, we run across a photo in The Times-Picayune archives that's so striking that it begs a simple question: "What in the name of Momus Alexander Morgus is going on in this New Orleans photograph?" When we do, we've decided, we're going to share it — and to attempt to answer that question.
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
MUSCAT (Reuters) - The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria, provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State, a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday.
Long before Tony Stark took a load of shrapnel to the chest in a distant war zone, science fiction legend Robert Heinlein gave America the most visceral description of powered armor for the warfighter of the future. Forget the spines of extra-lethal weaponry, the heads-up display, and even the augmented strength of an Iron Man suit — the real genius, Heinlein wrote in Starship Troopers, "is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it, like your clothes, like skin."
"Any sort of ship you have to learn to pilot; it takes a long time, a new full set of reflexes, a different and artificial way of thinking," explains Johnny Rico. "Spaceships are for acrobats who are also mathematicians. But a suit, you just wear."
First introduced in 2013, U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) purported to offer this capability as America's first stab at militarized powered armor. And while SOCOM initially promised a veritable Iron Man-style tactical armor by 2018, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose the much-hyped exoskeleton will likely never get off the launch pad.
"The prototype itself is not currently suitable for operation in a close combat environment," SOCOM spokesman Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty told Task & Purpose, adding that JATF-TALOS has no plans for an external demonstration this year. "There is still no intent to field the TALOS Mk 5 combat suit prototype."