Earlier today, a large group of ISIS fighters and suicide vehicles attacked the Peshmerga controlled town of Tel Asqof which is located 20 kilometers north of Mosul.
Within hours, Islamic State militants overran Peshmerga positions at Tel Asqof and also notably killed a US advisor who was deployed alongside Kurdish fighters in the town.
United States Defense Secretary Ash Carter confirmed the death moments ago: “It is a combat death, of course, and a very sad loss. I don’t know all the circumstances of it,”
US official Peter Cook, said the death of the US soldier took place due to ISIS fighters reaching a Peshmerga position some 3-5 km behind the actual frontline.
Currently, coalition jets are targeting ISIS fighters at Tel Asqof as Peshmerga is regrouping for a counter-offensive to retake the town.
The battle is reportedly ongoing.
This is the third US serviceman to be killed during combat with ISIS so far.
Last month, ISIS killed Marine Staff Sergeant Louis Cardin and wounded eight other US soldiers providing covering fire to the Iraqi Army near an American military base in Iraq.