Soldier Killed in Iraq Raid Belonged to Delta Force

The U.S. Army soldier killed in the raid that freed 70 hostages from an ISIS prison in northern Iraq was a highly-decorated, veteran member of the elite Delta Force, U.S. military sources told ABC News. Master Sergeant Joshua L. Wheeler is the first American combat death in Iraq since American troops returned in mid-2014 to train, advise and assist the Iraqi military to fight ISIS, military officials said. Wheeler, 39, of Roland, Oklahoma, “died Oct. 22, in Kirkuk Province, Iraq, from wounds received by enemy small-arms fire during an operation,” the Defense Department said in a statement, which also noted that he was assigned to “Headquarters U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.” He is survived by his wife and four sons, the Army said.

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