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SEAL death shows growing risks US troops face in Iraq, Syria

Since the start of the campaign, the US military and its coalition partners have launched more than 12,000 air strikes against the self-proclaimed Islamic State groupThe killing of a Navy SEAL by Islamic State fighters highlights the increasing risks US troops face in Iraq and Syria as they inch ever closer toward the jihadists’ frontlines. IS fighters on Tuesday used suicide bombers and firepower to blast their way past Kurdish peshmerga forces that US troops were supporting north of Mosul in northern Iraq. It is only the third time a US serviceman has been killed in combat since the United States launched an international coalition to fight the IS group in August 2014.

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