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ISIS Attack Kills U.S. Navy SEAL Near Irbil, Iraq

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A U.S. Navy SEAL was killed in an ISIS attack in northern Iraq, officials said Tuesday. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said the U.S. serviceman was advising and assisting Kurdish Peshmerga forces north of Mosul when ISIS fighters attacked. 'This sad news is a reminder of the dangers our men and women in uniform face every day in the ongoing fight to destroy ISIL,' Cook said in a statement, using another acronym for ISIS. 'Our coalition will honor this sacrifice by dealing ISIL a lasting defeat. U.S. military officials told NBC News earlier that the American was killed by direct fire about 2 to 3 miles behind the Peshmerga's forward line after ISIS fighters breached the position and conducted a large-scale attack with truck bombs and small arms.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.

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