What the Army’s top-secret commando unit Delta Force is doing back in Iraq

October 23, 2015 5:36 PM

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What the Army’s top-secret commando unit Delta Force is doing back in Iraq

This morning, the Pentagon released the name of the first American serviceman to die in battle in the latest round of U.S. military involvement in Iraq: Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, age 39, killed during a raid by Kurdish and American commandos on an Islamic State prison near the town of Hawija that reportedly freed seventy hostages who were soon to be executed.

Accompanying Wheeler’s name and age in the Pentagon’s release was a vague description of his unit: “Headquarters U.S. Army Special Operations Command.” That phrase is a euphemism, trotted out for the twelfth time since 2003 to describe a soldier killed in Iraq. The official biographies of the soldie...

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