'Enemy fire' kills coalition service member in Iraq

Baghdad (AFP) –


A service member with the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group was killed by enemy fire in northern Iraq on Tuesday, the coalition said in a statement.

"On May 3, 2016, a coalition service member was killed in northern Iraq as a result of enemy fire," the statement said, without specifying the service member's nationality.

US Defence Secretary Ash Carter said he believed the service member was American.

"There are reports now that an American service member has been killed in Iraq (in) the neighbourhood of Arbil," Carter said, citing "preliminary reports".

"I believe that much is true, so our thoughts and prayers are with that service member's family," he told reporters at the US European Command's headquarters in the German city of Stuttgart.