US officials said on Thursday that a special operations team members were killed during a US mission to save hostages held by militants of the organization of the Islamic state in northern Iraq, the first American killed in the battles on the ground with the militant group.
The Security Council and Iraq's Kurdistan region said that the fight against terrorism forces have participated in the liberation of the hostages had been rescued 69 hostages in the operation which targeted a prison of the Islamic state, about seven kilometers north of the town of Hawija.
Said Peter Cook, spokesman for the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) that the operation does not represent a change in the methods followed by the United States in the fight against the militant group, which represents the biggest security threat in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.
He told reporters: "I do not say that this is going to happen on a regular basis, but I think it reflects the quality of the efforts that we undertake on behalf of our partners."
A US official said all the hostages who saved them from the Arabs and the residents and fighters of the Islamic state detained regulation of the suspicion that they are spies.
The official told Reuters added that about 20 of the hostage members of the Iraqi security forces.
He said the Security Council in Iraqi Kurdistan said more than 20 militants from the Islamic state were killed and six arrested.
She described the process of the Islamic state as "failed" but acknowledged a loss among its fighters.
In a statement distributed by supporters on the Internet on Thursday, he said US warplanes bombed areas around the prison to prevent the arrival of reinforcements and then clashed with the militants for two hours.
The statement stressed US allegations that some of the guards were killed and others were detained during the operation.
He said the US Department of Defense official said "dozens" of US soldiers involved in the operation. He declined to give further details.
The official added, "The process has been carefully planned but has also with the realization that it must take immediate action to save the lives of these people."
The official said the American soldier was shot during the operation and returned to Erbil, where the term last breath.
It was the first US soldier to be killed in ground fighting operations against the organization of the Islamic state, which targeted air strikes daily in Iraq and Syria carried out by the US-led coalition over a year ago.
And it launched five US helicopters from Erbil to participate in the process and made the United States in support of helicopters and intelligence and air strikes and advisory support for the Kurdish Peshmerga forces.
The official said the Defense Ministry said five members of the organization of the Islamic state detained and imprisoned Kurdish deposited though more than a dozen were killed.
Another source told Reuters in Hawija area that special forces had attacked a house in which the leaders of the Islamic state gather resulting in a gun battle and explosions lasted several hours.
The Sheikh Jaafar Mustafa, a senior commander of the Peshmerga Kurdish ones that took place, but said there was no other information about them. In May, US special forces killed a senior leader of the Abu Sayyaf Islamic state - from Tunisia - in a raid in Syria.
Hawija and a stronghold of militants of the Islamic state captured fighters from the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in battles.
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