A French Special Forces sergeant, Nicolas Mazier, has been reported killed following a terrorist assault in Iraq on August 28, marking the third French military personnel casualty in the country within a fortnight. The French authorities confirmed the incident on Tuesday, revealing minimal details as per protocol, but noted that the attack occurred during a reconnaissance mission approximately 100 km north of Baghdad. Iraqi media sources identified the location as Al-Aith island on the Tigris, where jihadists targeted a joint Iraqi-French commando operation, resulting in injuries to four other French soldiers. The incident, orchestrated by the Islamic State (IS) group, follows two recent accidental deaths of French soldiers in Iraq.