Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said an American serviceman was killed in Iraq today. It happened when ISIS fighters broke through Kurdish defenses north of the ISIS-held city of Mosul. According to a defense official who spoke with NPR, the American service member was part of an “advise and assist” unit, which are assigned to the headquarters elements of Iraqi brigades and battalions to help them in the fight against ISIS. Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with NPR National Security Editor Phil Ewing.
- Phil Ewing, NPR's national security editor. He tweets @philewing.
This segment aired on May 3, 2016.