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U.S. soldier killed in special operations rescue mission in Iraq

By Andrew V. Pestano
A U.S. solider was killed Thursday during a special operations mission to rescue 70 Kurdish hostages in Iraq. U.S. helicopters assisted the special operations team in the mission. File photo by Suzanne M. Jenkins/Air Force | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/2fc919cb32da68748849af161e0d8dea/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
A U.S. solider was killed Thursday during a special operations mission to rescue 70 Kurdish hostages in Iraq. U.S. helicopters assisted the special operations team in the mission. File photo by Suzanne M. Jenkins/Air Force | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- One U.S. soldier was killed Thursday during a special operations hostage rescue mission in which 70 Kurdish hostages were freed in Iraq.

Two U.S. officials confirmed the soldier's death to CNN. American and Kurdish commandos raided an Islamic State outpost near Hawija in northern Iraq, The New York Times reported.

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Prisoners were freed and several IS militants were captured.

U.S. helicopters supported the U.S. special operations forces and Kurdish commandos during the raid, seemingly the most significant American special operations effort against the Islamic State since commandos killed Abu Sayyaf, the Islamic State's top financier, in May.

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