Be the most informed person in the room with Newsy's free e-newsletter

View our privacy policy: http://www.newsy.com/privacy/
Obama's Final Days As President
Featured Series: Obama's Final Days As President
President Obama's days as Commander in Chief are numbered, but that hasn't stopped him from making some last-minute moves.  

Member Of US Military, Possibly Special Forces, Killed By ISIS

This marks the second U.S. service member death in Iraq within the last three months.
SMS

ISIS has killed a member of the U.S. military in northern Iraq.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter confirmed the death Tuesday, saying, "It is a combat death. ... And a very sad loss." Carter did not say which branch of the military the service member was a part of. 

But a CBS national security correspondent says the man was an American adviser to the Kurdish Peshmerga force. He was helping a Peshmerga unit a couple miles behind the front line when ISIS militants pushed into Kurdish territory and shot him. 

Many of the American soldiers who've been fighting in that area belong to special forces units. 

This is the second American death in Iraq this year. ISIS rocket fire killed a Marine at an unpublicized American base in March. 

The terrorist group controls large parts of Iraq, and the number of American soldiers have gradually been increasing in the area. As of last month, the Pentagon increased the cap on troops in Iraq to just over 4,000, but more can be rotated into the country on temporary deployments. 

This video includes clips from the U.S. Department of DefenseCNNU.S. Army and ISIS, and images from Getty Images. 

Featured Stories
Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell in "A Night at the Roxbury."

When It Comes To Numbers For Women In Film, It Might As Well Be 1998

Candles are lit during a vigil for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando.

FBI Officials Arrested The Wife Of The Orlando Nightclub Shooter

A man walks through the European Parliament

Election Of Top EU Official Gets Little Attention Before Vote

Want to see more stories like this?
Like Newsy on Facebook for More Breaking News Coverage