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WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 (UPI) – Defense Secretary Ash Carter offering condolences Friday to a family of a U.S. infantryman killed in northern Syria on Thanksgiving.
The infantryman was killed by an bomb device while patrolling nearby a city of Ayn Issa on Thursday.
“I am deeply saddened by a news on this Thanksgiving Day that one of a dauntless use members has been killed in Syria while safeguarding us from a immorality of ISIL,” Carter said in a statement Friday. “It is a unpleasant sign of a dangers a organisation and women in uniform face around a universe to keep us safe.”
The infantryman was not identified though was participating in Operation Inherent Resolve, a Pentagon’s vital quarrel operation opposite a Islamic State apprehension organisation in Syria and Iraq.
“Please keep this use member’s family, friends and teammates in your thoughts and prayers, and this Thanksgiving we wish we will join me in expressing interjection to all of a dedicated infantry who selflessly strengthen us each day,” Carter added.
“The whole counter-ISIL bloc sends a condolences to this hero’s family, friends and teammates,” Army Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, commander of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, said. “On this Thanksgiving, greatfully be grateful that there are use members peaceful to take adult a quarrel to strengthen a homeland from ISIL’s horrible and heartless ideology.”
About a dozen U.S. use members have died while participating in Inherent Resolve, that began in Iraq in Jun 2014 and Syria 3 months later.