May 01, 2017 00:24 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

US soldier killed in Iraq during a patrol outside Mosul

US soldier killed in Iraq during a patrol outside Mosul

Weston C. Lee, the 25-year-old 1st lieutenant with the 82nd Airborne Division, died Saturday in Iraq after an improvised explosive device detonated during a patrol.

An American soldier has died in Iraq after an improvised explosive device detonated during a patrol outside Mosul, the Pentagon says.

Officials say Weston C. Lee, the 1st lieutenant with the 82nd Airborne Division, died Saturday.

Lee, 25, was conducting security as part of advise-and-assist support to partnered forces.

This US Army handout photograph released April 30, 2017 shows 1st Lieutenant Weston C. Lee, 25, of Bluffton, Georgia. Lee was killed in Iraq on Saturday when an improvised explosive device detonated during a patrol outside Mosul

This US Army handout photograph released April 30, 2017 shows 1st Lieutenant Weston C. Lee, 25, of Bluffton, Georgia. Lee was killed in Iraq on Saturday when an improvised explosive device detonated during a patrol outside Mosul

Lee, pictured, had been conducting security as part of advise-and-assist support when he was killed

Lee, pictured, had been conducting security as part of advise-and-assist support when he was killed

Lee was deployed to Iraq in December 2016 and had been serving in the Army since March 2015

Lee was deployed to Iraq in December 2016 and had been serving in the Army since March 2015

Lee posthumously received the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal. While he was alive, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Ranger Tab, the Parachutist Badge and the Army Service Ribbon

Lee posthumously received the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal. While he was alive, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Ranger Tab, the Parachutist Badge and the Army Service Ribbon

The Bluffton, Georgia native was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

He joined the Army in March 2015 and was deployed to Iraq, for the first time, in December 2016.

'First Lieutenant Wes Lee was an extraordinary young man and officer,' Colonel Pat Work, commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, told CBS North Carolina

'He was exactly the type of leader that our Paratroopers deserve. 

'Our sincere condolences and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.'

The armed forces member has been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Ranger Tab, the Parachutist Badge and the Army Service Ribbon. 

Posthumously, he received the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Lee is the fifth soldier to have been killed in Iraq since the U.S. army began operations against ISIS in August 2014.

His is the first combat death in Iraq since Donald Trump became president.

This March 2017 file photo shows fighting on the Western side of Mosul, the city outside of which Lee was killed

This March 2017 file photo shows fighting on the Western side of Mosul, the city outside of which Lee was killed

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