Navy SEAL killed in combat in Iraq

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BAGHDAD (AP) – An American serviceman killed in Iraq by fire from the Islamic State group has been identified as a Navy SEAL.

A U.S. official says the SEAL was killed during an attack on Iraqi Kurdish positions outside the IS-held city of Mosul on Tuesday morning.

It was the third death of a U.S. service member in Iraq since the U.S.-led coalition launched its campaign against IS militants in the summer of 2014. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called it a “combat death.”

The official identifying the serviceman as a SEAL was speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the incident publicly.

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN and ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press

Associated Press Writer Deb Riechmann contributed to this report.