WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Islamic State attack on Kurdish forces in northern Iraq that killed U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Keating was a surprise that, if anticipated, might have turned out differently, a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday.
"Obviously, had we had the forces there, been able to see this attack coming, they would have responded differently to it," Peter Cook, the Pentagon press secretary, said. "Perhaps this could have been avoided. That's certainly something that we're looking at carefully. This particular attack was not anticipated and we were forced to respond."
Keating is the third U.S. service member to be killed in combat in Iraq since U.S. forces returned there in 2014.
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