Pentagon opens investigation into whether Marine died from 'friendly fire' during mission in Iraq

Mail Online | 8/12/2019 | Josh Saunders For;Sophie Tanno
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The Pentagon has launched an investigation into whether a serviceman was killed in Iraq from 'friendly fire' while battling the Islamic State.

Marine Gunner Scott A. Koppenhafer, 35, was serving as part of an operation against a suspected target in Nineveh province when he was killed on Saturday.

Officials - Small-arms - Fire - Combat - Operations

Officials believed he died after being 'engaged by enemy small-arms fire while conducting combat operations,' but now investigators are taking a closer look, the Wall Street Journal reports.

He was part of a combined team of U.S. and Iraqi forces when he was shot during the operation in northern Iraq on August 10.

Skills - Operator - Marine - Raider - Battalion

The critical skills operator with the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion was once described as the corp's top commando, according to Fox News.

Koppenhafer is the first U.S. serviceman to die since 2014 when American troops returned to the combat Islamic State, which had taken over the capital city of Mosul.

Koppenhafer - Wife - Children

Koppenhafer is survived by his wife and two children.

In an earlier statement, the U.S. military said a service...
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