The American armed forces suffered in Thursday’s first combat loss during the operation to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from the militants of the terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia). The information was confirmed by the Pentagon, reports TASS.

The US military were killed in the detonation of the military SUV “improvised explosive device”, said the Central command of the armed forces of the United States, in the sphere of operational responsibility which includes primarily the middle East. From the received wounds the soldier died. His name and military rank have not been disclosed.

According to sources in the Pentagon, the victim was one of the American military specialists involved in training the Kurdish militias “Peshmerga”. In total, this kind of training are you engaged in at present about 100 American trainers of the various spetsnaz units. A few hundred military experts, the United States played a supporting role at the bases of support of the offensive in Mosul, which is located relatively far from the front line.

In General in Iraq now stationed about 6.3 thousand US servicemen. About 1.5 thousand are there on a short-term basis and often are rotated, in connection with which the Pentagon says that Iraq is located 4.8 thousand American soldiers. Until now, combat losses in Iraq since the beginning in August 2014 the bombing of manpower IG, were three people.

About the beginning of the operation to regain control over Mosul, which was in the hands of the militants two years, the Prime Minister of Iraq Haidar al-Abadi announced on 17 October.

The U.S. reported the first combat loss during the assault on Mosul 21.10.2016

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