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Hostage Rescue Death Won't Affect Debate Over More Troops to Iraq - Senator

© AP Photo / Susan WalshSen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., speaks during a news conference on unemployment insurance on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., speaks during a news conference on unemployment insurance on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 - Sputnik International
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US Senator Jack Reed said that the death of US servicman during a hostage rescue operation in the Iraqi Kurdistan does not raise new questions about US troop presence in the Middle East.

US troops stand to attention in front of American and Iraqi (R) flags during a handover ceremony near the northern Iraqi town of Hawija - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik), Leandra Bernstein — The death of a US commando during a hostage rescue operation in Iraq does not raise new questions about US troop presence in the region, Senator Jack Reed told Sputnik on Thursday.

"This Special Operations presence has been there [in Iraq], and I think when they have the actionable intelligence… then they can operate and they will," Reed told Sputnik in response to a question whether the hostage rescue operation would impact ongoing debate about redeploying more US troops to Iraq.

On Thursday, the Pentagon confirmed the death of one US serviceman during a hostage rescue operation in the Iraqi Kurdistan. The operation was carried out by US Special Operations forces, alongside Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers.

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand next to an Islamic State (IS) group sign at the entrance to the northern Iraqi town of Hawija, south of Kirkuk on March 9, 2015 after they reportedly re-took the area from IS jihadists - Sputnik International
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The death of the service member was the first US casualty in the war against the Islamic State terrorist group.

Reed, the ranking member on the US Senate Armed Services Committee, has previously argued against members of his own committee who have called for an increased US troop presence on the ground in Iraq to combat the Islamic State.

According to reports, 70 hostages were freed in the rescue operation and 20 Islamic State combatants were killed.

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