STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — An American serviceman has been killed near in Iraq. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who’s in Germany consulting with European allies, says it’s “a combat death.”

Another U.S. military official says the American was killed by “direct fire” after Islamic State forces penetrated the front line of Kurdish Peshmerga troops.

The official says the U.S. soldier was advising Kurdish forces.

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