A British soldier serving with the Parachute Regiment has been killed during an operation in central Iraq.
Details of the death were withheld for operational reasons
The MoD said the soldier died on Wednesday during an operation "in support of ongoing coalition activity".
It has been reported that he was on a special forces mission and was a member of the Special Air Service (SAS).
The soldier has not been named, but next-of-kin have been informed. Forty-two soldiers have died in Iraq this year.
Further details are expected on Saturday.
The death brings to 169 the number of UK armed forces personnel or MoD civilians who have died in Iraq since the start of the campaign in March 2003.