A soldier who was killed fighting ISIS in Iraq’s Anbar province died in a desert battle in the country’s northwest, according to local officials.
The soldier, identified only as a “male,” died Thursday in an undisclosed location near Anbar’s provincial capital, officials said in a statement.
The U.S.-led coalition has said the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group is a key component of the military campaign to retake Mosul, ISIL’s de facto capital in Iraq.
The Associated Press has not been able to independently verify the report.
The United States has said it has deployed more than 5,500 troops to Iraq and has sent some 5,400 to the country since October.