Academic journal article Military Review

Sine Pari (without Equal)

Academic journal article Military Review

Sine Pari (without Equal)

Article excerpt

The return of U.S. forces to Iraq to fight against the Islamic State (IS) was highlighted by the death of Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler on 22 October 2015 in Kirkuk Province, Iraq. Wheeler was killed while participating in a rescue of seventy hostages from an IS prison north of the town of Hawija where, according to Department of Defense officials, they faced "imminent mass execution."

About forty Kurdish and two dozen U.S. special operations troops participated in the raid. The immediacy of the mission was due to intelligence that included the observation of mass graves being dug at the prison site, according to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.

Wheeler, a native of Roland, Oklahoma, was wounded by small arms fire during the raid, but later died while receiving medical care. …

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