Service Member Supporting ISIS Fight Dies in Non-Combat Incident

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The front of the Erbil Police Academy, Erbil, Iraq, Jan. 20, 2009
The front of the Erbil Police Academy, Erbil, Iraq, Jan. 20, 2009. (U.S. Army photo/Cynthia Teears Van Cleve)

A service member deployed to Erbil, Iraq, in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve died May 4 in what officials described as a non-combat incident, according to an announcement from the task force.

The service member's national and military affiliation was not disclosed. While the death remains under investigation, officials said, COVID-19 is not suspected as the cause.

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So far this year, four U.S. service members have died in hostile circumstances while deployed supporting ongoing operations against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and three more have died in non-combat incidents.

As of January, about 5,200 U.S. troops remained in Iraq supporting OIR.

-- Hope Hodge Seck can be reached at hope.seck@military.com. Follow her on Twitter at @HopeSeck.

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