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U.S. Army officials have identified the commando killed in a raid against the Islamic State, early Thursday.

Army Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, 39, was wounded as U.S. special operation troops and Iraqi forces raided a compound near Kirkuk. The mission freed about 70 hostages. Wheeler later died after receiving medical care.

The Roland, Okla. native is the first American to be killed in combat since the U.S. began its operation to stop ISIS. Wheeler was assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Tulsa World reports Wheeler had 11 combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.