WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Oct. 24 about the death of a U.S. service member in the fight against the Islamic State group, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the soldier who died in a noncombat-related incident was the first death in the military operation. A Marine who ejected from a plane over the Persian Gulf earlier in October and was presumed lost at sea was the first death, although that soldier isn't on the Defense Department's public list of deaths because the official paperwork hasn't been completed.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Marine dies in noncombat incident in campaign against IS
Pentagon reports death of US soldier involved in Islamic State campaign
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has announced the death of a U.S. military member involved in the campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal of Riverside, California, died Thursday in Baghdad from what the Pentagon called a noncombat-related incident. It said in its announcement Friday that the incident is under investigation.
The 19-year-old soldier was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment as part of a Marine task force.
The U.S. military campaign, called Operation Inherent Resolve, began Aug. 8.