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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, file photo, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters gather near a frontline during fighting with Islamic State militants in Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq. Human Rights Watch is accusing the security forces of Iraq's regional Kurdish government of destroying Arab homes and even some villages in areas retaken from the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

An American soldier died in the fight against ISIS -- a first US casualty in Syria


An American service member in Syria died on Thanksgiving from wounds suffered in a blast from an improvised explosive device, U.S. officials have said.

Another servicemember was killed in Iraq on Nov. 24 by enemy explosive devices.

It is the first confirmed U.S. military fatality inside Syria since the joint military operation began.

No other information about the explosion or the victim was released.

|  2 US Servicemembers killed

One servicemember, embedded with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in northern Syria, died from injuries caused by a blast from an improvised explosive device, military officials said.

The second servicemember, embedded with Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq, was killed when his all-terrain vehicle ran over a bomb north of Mosul, two U.S. officials confirmed to Fox News.

“The entire counter-ISIL Coalition sends our condolences to this hero’s family, friends, and teammates,” Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, commander of the joint operation, said in a statement, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

“On this Thanksgiving, please be thankful that there are service members willing to take up the fight to protect our homeland from ISIL’s hateful and brutal ideology.”  

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