Marine Raider Killed While Assisting in Iraqi Security Force Mission

USNI News | 8/11/2019 | Megan Eckstein
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A Marine Raider was killed Saturday by enemy small arms fire while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq.

Gunnery - Sgt - Scott - Koppenhafer - Mancos

Gunnery Sgt. Scott Koppenhafer, 35, of Mancos, Colo., died Aug. 10 in an incident that is still under investigation, according to a Pentagon announcement. Koppenhafer was assigned to the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, part of the Marine Forces Special Operations Command out of Camp Lejeune, N.C.

According to a separate statement released Saturday by U.S. Central Command, an unnamed service member was killed during an Iraqi Security Force mission in Ninewah Province, Iraq, while advising and accompanying the ISF during a planned operation. That statement came out before the Pentagon released Koppenhafer’s name.

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