Navy Sailor killed by ISIS in Iraq has been identifed

(Aug. 16, 2016) – Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) Three place a wreath in front of a memorial dedicated in honor of four fallen Sailors during a remembrance ceremony for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Sean Carson held at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. Carson, a Bronze Star with Valor and Purple Heart Medal recipient, died in the line of duty August 16, 2012 while serving in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stacy M. Atkins Ricks/Released)

A U.S. military member assisting Iraqi forces in their push to retake was killed by a roadside bomb Thursday, marking the first American combat casualty in the campaign to oust the Islamic State group from its last major stronghold in northern Iraq.

U.S. officials said the Chief Petty Officer Jason C. Finan, 34, of Anaheim, California was wounded near the town of Bashiqa, north of .

Finan was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Three.

He was operating as an explosive disposal specialist in support of Peshmerga fighters who are part of an effort to recapture that began Monday.

“The entire Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) family offers our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family and loved ones of the Sailor we lost,” said Rear Adm. Brian Brakke, commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command/NECC Pacific.

He was the fourth U.S. combat death in Iraq since the U.S. began military operations against the Islamic State with airstrikes in August 2014.

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