First U.S. service member killed in Syria fighting the Islamic State

A U.S. service member was killed by an improvised explosive device in northern Syria on Thursday, the Pentagon announced in a statement.

The service member was killed near Ain Issa, a town roughly 35 miles northwest of the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa. The death marks the first time a U.S. service member has been killed in the country since a contingent of Special Operations forces were deployed there in October 2015 to go after the extremist group.

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