BAGHDAD (WKOW) -- Another grave loss for U.S. forces in the Middle East.
The U.S. military says an American airman has been killed and a soldier has been wounded in a controlled detonation in a U.S. military base in Iraq. The military says, the detonation occurred Wednesday morning in the Joint Base Balad, north of Baghdad.
They released a statement early Thursday morning. In it, the airman was pronounced dead at the scene of the explosion. The wounded soldier was rushed into the Air Force hospital on the base.
The U.S. military is investigating the incident. The name of the deceased soldier is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The death raises to at least 4,419 the number of U.S. military personnel killed in Iraq since the war began in March 2003. That's according to an Associated Press count.