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US-led coalition member killed in explosion in Iraq

BAGHDAD — An American service member was killed and another was wounded on Sunday in Iraq when an explosion from a booby-trapped device struck their vehicle, the American coalition said on Monday.

Pentagon officials declined to release the identities of the victims or the location of the bombing, pending notification of family members.

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So far, seven American servicemen have been killed in Iraq in the fight against the group that calls itself the Islamic State, including two in the battle to retake the northern city of Mosul.

Additionally, a French paratrooper was killed in the fight against the militant group last month, though officials did not specify if the individual died in Iraq or Syria.

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in August that more than 1,200 Iraqi forces were killed in the battle for Mosul and more than 6,000 were wounded.

In July, Iraq’s prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, declared victory against the militant group in Mosul. The next month, the Iraqi military retook Tal Afar from the militants.

Iraqi forces, backed by the US coalition, are now fighting to retake the town of Hawija, 150 miles north of Baghdad.

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Hawija is one of the last pockets of territory held by the militant group in Iraq. Iraqi forces are also fighting the militants in the western province of Anbar, where the militants launched a counterattack against Iraqi forces holding the provincial capital of Ramadi last week. The city had been declared ‘‘fully liberated’’ from the group in February 2016.

The United States launched military operations against the militant group in August 2014, after it had swept across much of the country’s north, capturing a third of Iraq’s territory.

Since the beginning of the campaign, the number of US troops in the country has steadily grown.

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