[pjw] NEWS: Navy SEAL killed in Iraq by ISIS (CBS 5/3)
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Thu May 5 14:02:41 EDT 2016
Iraq Affinity Group supporters:
On Tuesday came news of yet another combat death in the war the US is
supposedly not fighting. (Just "advising.") Details are below.
An article last month posted results of a survey-- which was apparently
done by a not-very-reputable agency, but still has significance-- showing
most young people in Iraq think of the US as their enemy.
While there's been talk by mainstream political candidates about what a
mistake it was invading Iraq in 2003, everybody seems to be in favor of
more bombs and/or boots on the ground for the war against ISIS, aka Iraq
War part III. PJW is a 501-c-3 nonprofit and is not for or against any
political party or candidate. We do, however, encourage you to encourage
every candidate to promise to end the wars and bring all the troops home
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Navy SEAL killed in Iraq by ISIS identified
Last Updated May 3, 2016 9:54 PM EDT
PHOENIX -- The Navy SEAL who was killed in Iraq on Tuesday as the
U.S. military stepped up its role helping Christian and Kurdish
militias battling ISIS near the terror group's stronghold in Mosul
has been identified as 31-year-old Charlie Keating IV.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced late Tuesday afternoon that Keating
died in an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) attack near the
city of Irbil.
Ducey ordered all state flags be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to
sunset Wednesday in honor of Keating, who was a graduate of Phoenix's
Arcadia High School. He is the grandson of the late Arizona financier
involved in savings and loan scandal. His cousin is Arizona Olympic
swimmer Gary Hall Jr., CBS Phoenix affiliate KPHO reported.
"It is a combat death, of course. And a very sad loss," U.S. Secretary
of Defense Ash Carter said in Stuttgart, Germany, where he was meeting
There are 30 SEALs in Iraq as part of a Special Forces advise and
The death occurred "in the neighborhood of Erbil," the capital of
Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, according to Carter. CBS
News national security correspondent David Martin reports the battle
was north of Mosul, an area that saw intense fighting Tuesday as ISIS
militants tried to fight their way north from their stronghold.
The U.S.-led "Operation Inherent Resolve" issued a short written
statement saying a coalition "service member was killed in northern
Iraq as a result of enemy fire."
Martin reports the deceased SEAP was an American adviser to the Kurdish
Peshmerga force. He was working with a Peshmerga unit two to three
miles behind the front line during a battle with ISIS when some of the
militants managed to get into a Peshmerga camp in Kurdish territory to
kill the American with gun fire.
"It was a real battle, not just one-off raid," reports Martin.
ISIS forces broke through using three truck bombs followed by
bulldozers which cleared the wreckage away, which is how they got in
the rear. They had two more truck bombs with them but they were
destroyed by air strikes, Martin reports.
U.S. advisers rotate from camp to camp -- so U.S. Navy SEALS just
happened to be at that camp when the attack came, Martin said.
A senior U.S. military official told CBS News that American F-15
fighter jets and drones provided air support -- 23 strikes in all
-- to the Peshmerga forces during what was described as an intense
battle. There were no other U.S. casualties reported during the battle.
Casualties among the Peshmerga remained unclear.
Keating's former track coach at Arcadia said he has kept it touch with
Keating through Facebook over the years and he is heartbroken by the
âAn image taken from video posted online by ISIS purportedly shows
one of the group's militants firing on a Kurdish Peshermga position
during an intense battle north of Mosul
An image taken from video posted online by ISIS purportedly shows one
of the group's militants firing on a Kurdish Peshermga position during
an intense battle north of Mosul, Iraq, May 3, 2016.
"I'm devastated. I'm crushed. I'm trying to hold myself together," said
Rob Reniewicki, Arcadia High School track coach to KPHO. "I've the
known the parents. I've known the family. His brother's a Navy SEAL as
Keating attended the Naval Academy before becoming a Navy Seal based
out of Coronado, California.
Keating was city and region champion in the 1,600-meter run as a
sophomore, junior and senior in high school.
He earned all-city and first-team all-state honors as a senior,
according to Indiana University, where he ran in college.
Indiana University released a statement on his passing.
"When Charlie left IU to enlist and try to become a SEAL, I don't think
it really surprised any of us," said Robert Chapman, professor of
kinesiology at IU Bloomington, who served as IU's men's cross country
coach from 1998 until 2007. "You could tell he was a guy who wanted to
be the best and find out what he was made of, and serving as special
operations forces for his country embodied that."
Head track and field coach Ron Helmer issued the following statement on
"From all accounts, Charles Keating was a great kid and a privilege to
coach. On behalf of Indiana Track and Field, my condolences go out to
the entire Keating family. He paid the ultimate sacrifice defending his
country, and for that we are eternally grateful."
Reniewicki said Keating was a joyful young man and decorated athlete.
He said he was compelled by the attacks on 9/11 to join the military,
Keating was planning to get married in November, according to
Keating's grandfather, Charles H. Keating Jr., who died in 2014 at age
90, was the notorious financier who served prison time for his role in
the costliest savings and loan failure of the 1980s.
According to the Arizona Republic, Keating was known as C-4 because he
had the same name as three generations before him.
During the scandal, Keating was a small child and other children
reportedly made fun of him.
"What happened in the past, I really don't care. I'm really close to
him," the younger Keating told the Republic in May 2004 when he ran in
the Class 4A state track and field championships in suburban Mesa,
Arizona, and his grandfather watched him compete for the first time.
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