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US soldier dies in hostage-rescue operation in Iraq

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By Euronews  with Reuters
US soldier dies in hostage-rescue operation in Iraq

<p>The US military says an American soldier has died following an operation to rescue hostages near Hawija, in northern Iraq.</p> <p>A special operations team reportedly rescued around 69 people who were being held captive by the self-styled Islamic State, or <span class="caps">ISIL</span>.</p> <p>The soldier becomes the first American to be killed in ground combat with the militant group.</p> <p>The mission was a joint operation with Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces, aimed at rescuing hostages from an <span class="caps">ISIL</span> prison.</p> <p>According to Reuters, the Kurdistan region’s security council reports an initial evaluation shows no Kurds were among those freed.</p> <p>More than 20 <span class="caps">ISIL</span> militants were killed and six detained during the raid.</p>