IRBIL, Iraq (WAVY/AP) — The Department of Defense released the name of the soldier killed in a rescue mission in Iraq Thursday. 39-year-old Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler died from wounds received by enemy small-arms fire. He was stationed in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
He is one of the service members who helped rescue dozens of Iraqi prisoners as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. The team also captured a number of militants and recovered what the Pentagon called a trove of valuable intelligence about the terrorist organization IS.
Master Sgt. Wheeler is the first American killed in combat in Iraq since the U.S. campaign against IS began in 2014, officials said.