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U.S. service member killed in Iraq

03 Octobre 2017

Islamic State militants set ablaze on Saturday three oil wells near an area still under their control west of the oil city Kirkuk, to try to stop the advance of USA -backed Iraqi forces that are driving them out of one of their last positions in Iraq, oil and military officials told Reuters on Monday.

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.

In recent months, Iraqi forces have taken back the important cities of Mosul and Tal Afar.

A roadside bomb in Iraq has killed an American service member and wounded one other, Pentagon officials said Monday.

Iraqi forces, backed by the US-led coalition, began an offensive on September 21 to dislodge Islamic State from Hawija.

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Hawija, north of Baghdad, and a stretch of land along the Syrian border, west of the Iraqi capital, are the last stretches of territory in Iraq still in the hands of Daesh.

The U.S. launched military operations against IS in August 2014.

Since the beginning of the US campaign against IS in Iraq, the number of USA troops in the country has steadily grown.

In July, Iraqi forces, aided by the US -led coalition, liberated Mosul, the country's second-largest city, from ISIS control.

U.S. service member killed in Iraq