U.S. service member killed in Iraq, fourth death since 2014

A U.S. Army M109A6 Paladin conducts a fire mission at Qayyarah West, Iraq, in support of the Iraqi security forces’ push toward Mosul, Oct. 17, 2016. The support provided by the Paladin teams denies the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant safe havens while providing the ISF with vital artillery capabilities during their advance. The United States stands with a Coalition of more than 60 international partners to assist and support the Iraqi security forces to degrade and defeat ISIL. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Christopher Brecht)

A U.S. service member was killed by a bomb blast in northern Iraq on Thursday as U.S. troops expanded their support to local forces battling the Islamic State.

In a statement, Operation Inherent Resolve officials said the death resulted from an improvised explosive device but provided no further details.

While the incident took place in Northern Iraq, the official did not have the exact location or whether the service member was part of a US military advisory team taking part in the battle for Mosul.

It is the fourth U.S. combat casualty since renewed military operations began in 2014, and the first since a major offensive to reclaim the city of Mosul began earlier this week.

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