US investigating possible case of 'friendly fire' after American contractor and Marine killed in Iraq

  • Washington (CNN) - The US military announced Tuesday that a US contractor was killed in Iraq Saturday during an incident that also resulted in the death of a US Marine.
  • A US defense official told CNN that the investigation will be looking at the circumstances surrounding Koppenhafer's death, including a possibility that he was killed by "friendly fire." The official added, however, that this is only one of the possible scenarios being examined and that it is possible that he died due to enemy action.
  • The Wall Street Journal was the first to report that friendly fire was being looked at as a possible cause of death.
  • Last month the US-led military coalition battling ISIS conducted 33 air or artillery strikes against ISIS targets in Iraq, targeting fighters, buildings, tunnels, weapons caches, and vehicles, according to a coalition statement.

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