ISIS kills US service member in Iraq: Pentagon

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take part in a training session by coalition forces in a training camp in Erbil, on March 9, 2016.
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take part in a training session by coalition forces in a training camp in Erbil, on March 9, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Washington (AFP) - The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group killed a US service member in Iraq on Tuesday (May 3), the Pentagon said.

The fatality occurred during an ISIS attack on a Peshmerga position north of Mosul, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement.

The US-led anti-ISIS coalition had said earlier that a service member had died but did not specify a nationality.

"He was killed by direct fire," a defence official told AFP.

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter, who is travelling in Germany, had said earlier that the service member was advising and assisting Peshmerga forces.

Cook said the attack took place about 3km to 5km behind the forward line of troops, adding that the service member was advising and assisting Peshmerga forces.

"As Secretary Carter noted today in Germany, 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 and end the threat the group poses to the United States and the rest of the world," Cook said, using an alternate acronym for the ISIS group.

"Our coalition will honour this sacrifice by dealing ISIL a lasting defeat."