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FILE -- In this Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 file photo, people watch a burning oil well in Qayyarah, about 31 miles (50 km) south of Mosul, Iraq. In the week since Iraq launched an operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group, its forces have pushed toward the city from the north, east and south, battling the militants in a belt of mostly uninhabited towns and villages. In the heavily mined approaches to the city they met with fierce resistance, as IS unleashed suicide truck bombs, rockets and mortars. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic, File)

A US service member has died after an explosive device went off in Mosul


A U.S. service member has been killed after an explosive device detonated outside the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Saturday, the U.S.-led military coalition said. A statement from Operation Inherent Resolve provided no other details, Reuters reported.

The death of the unidentified member comes one day after the Pentagon announced that two Army Rangers were killed, possibly by "accidental fire," during a raid on an Islamic State compound in Afghanistan. 

U.S.-backed forces have been fighting to retake the Islamic State strongholds of Mosul--offifically launching Operation Inherent Resolve in February 2017. So far, the majority of eastern Mosul has been liberated from the grip of Islamic militants, but the fight continues in the western parts of the city.

Earlier in the month,  Col. John Dorrian said that the U.S. and coalition forces are "edging toward victory" in the campaign to defeat ISIS in and around Raqqa, Syria, and Mosul, Iraq

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