Standards are gone.
Another US soldier has died as the result of Iraq’s third American-involved war. The operative’s death both shadows the new Mosul offensive, and a massive US troop surge launched shortly before. Those forces, like this most recent casualty, are almost entirely dark shades of special forces.
Chief Petty Officer Jason C. “JJ” Finan died as a result of wounds sustained by an improvised explosive device. Few details are currently available, and officials are cautious to admit Finan was directly involved in the battle. Islamic State militants have held Mosul, one of Iraq’s largest, since the beginning of the war. Militants seized the town with American arms and vehicles, with many Iraqi forces retreating without a fight. Many Iraqi soldiers stripped their fatigues, vests, and put down their guns fleeing the Islamic State’s hard-charge from Syria.
America’s dark-war in northern Iraq recently claimed the life of a Navy SEAL, following a massive firefight. Since his death, the operative has been identified as Petty Officer First Class Charles Keating IV, killed assisting “advisors”. Although mainstream sources cite Keating as the third US casualty, the war’s reality is far from so.
American’s were initially shocked to hear of a US Marine killed providing “force protection fire support”. Staff Sgt. Louis Cardin died after ISIS militants reportedly bombarded a recently established firebase near the front. Cardin’s death shattered notions that “advisors” exempt direct combat, and further shaded the black war.
Now, Navy SEAL Charles Keating has been reported KIA, Reuters reports, following fighting pinning coalition forces against over 100 militants. “It’s a combat death, of course”, said US Defense Secretary Ash Carter, an evolution in the war’s obscure nature. Although Kesting’s SEAL team is unknown, specific units are known to serve under the clandestine Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).