A U.S. service member was killed Thursday in northern Iraq after sustaining wounds from an improvised explosive device, the military announced.
It is the fourth U.S. combat death in Iraq since June 2014, when U.S. troops first deployed back to the country in the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The casualty was not immediately identified. 
{mosads}”Further information will be released as appropriate,” a statement from the U.S.-led military coalition said. 
The death comes as security forces continue their offensive to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city and ISIS’s de facto capital in the nation, but it’s not yet clear whether the death was related to the operation. 
More than 100 U.S. troops are embedded with Iraqi and Kurdish peshmerga forces pressing toward Mosul. Hundreds more U.S. troops are supporting the offensive with airstrikes and artillery fire, intelligence, logistics and other support. 
There are more than 5,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, aiding Iraqi forces. U.S. officials say American troops will not have a combat role or mission in Iraq. 
President Obama withdrew all U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011, but redeployed them after ISIS swept into the country in 2014, taking advantage of sectarian grievances and persecution of Sunnis under the Shia-led government. 
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