Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler ID'd as Commando Killed in ISIS Hostage Rescue Mission

October 23, 2015 1:20 PM

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Defense officials tell NBC News the American commando killed in a rescue mission in Iraq on Thursday is a 39-year old Delta Force commando, Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler of Roland, Oklahoma.

Acting on a tip that dozens of ISIS-held hostages were about to be slaughtered, U.S. and Kurdish commandos stormed a prison in northeastern Iraq before dawn Thursday, rescuing the captives in a firefight that ended with Wheeler being shot to death, officials said.

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