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Navy SEAL was killed in two-hour firefight with Islamic State

Navy SEAL was killed in two-hour firefight with Islamic State

The U.S. Navy commando who was killed Tuesday in northern Iraq was part of quick reaction force sent to help U.S. military advisors and Kurdish militias during a fierce firefight with Islamic State militants.

Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Charles H. Keating IV, 31, was shot and killed during a two-hour battle with about 125 militants who had stormed the Kurdish-held town of Tel Skuf, about 20 miles north of Mosul.

Col. Steve Warren, spokesman for the U.S.-led military coalition in Baghdad, said Keating was killed in a “complicated, complex attack” by Islamic State militants more than two miles behind the front lines after the insurgents breached Kurdish...

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