“ISIS kept sending in suicide bombers, SEALs pounded them and the [U.S.] airstrikes did a lot to help. Bullets flying everywhere, machine gun fire from ISIS, really intense firefight….”
A Navy SEAL was shot and killed by Islamic State fighters military (ISIS) today. Officials and a trainer who witnessed the fighting told Fox News that during an “extremely heavy, extremely intense” firefight with U.S. forces and Kurdish Peshmerga troops in northern Iraq, Navy SEALs joined in roughly an hour after it started.
It was noted that the SEAL Team “heroically” held off ISIS, according to military trainer Matthew Van Dyke. He said the SEALs kept fighting until ammunition ran low.
Peter Cook, the Pentagon Press Secretary, said that the SEAL, who currently remains unnamed, was less than 2 miles behind the front lines in the town of Tel Askuf. The SEAL member was consulting with – and advising – Peshmerga forces when he was killed in heavy the firefight. A defense official told Fox News the service member was most likely killed by an AK-47 rifle.
Military Trainer, Matthew Van Dyke, told Fox News that, literally, “scores” of Islamic State militants died in the battle and that…..the Peshmerga were trying to hold the line, but at least 20 Navy SEALS came in and pounded the s*** out of ISIS.”
Van Dyke, along with three other U.S. veterans were training Assyrian Christian forces who are currently embroiled in battling ISIS in the region.
“ISIS kept sending in suicide bombers, SEALs pounded them and the [U.S.] airstrikes did a lot to help. Bullets flying everywhere, machine gun fire from ISIS, really intense firefight,” Van Dyke added. He said three Christian fighters and several Peshmerga were also hurt.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter was attending a ceremony installing a new commander of U.S. European Command when he was quoted as saying that the killing of the Navy SEAL was “…a combat death, of course. And a very sad loss. Carter was speaking in Stuttgart, Germany, where he also said “…..it shows you the serious fight that we have to wage in Iraq.”
Source: Fox News