German military brass living and dying large in Iraq.

Make of this what you will, and let the tin foil fly.

German Anti-ISIS Coalition Chief Found Dead in Iraq Hotel

MAINZ, Germany — A German army chief in the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq was found dead in his hotel room there Wednesday, officials said.

Colonel Stephan Spoettel was found dead at 8:50 a.m. local time (1:50 a.m. ET) in the Cristal Erbil Hotel in the northern Kurdish city of Irbil, the German armed forces said in a statement.

Spoettel was the head of the coalition’s German training contingent in northern Iraq. There was no information to suggest suicide or “third-party involvement,” the statement added.

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Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S. name for the coalition fighting the extremists across Iraq and Syria, said in a statement that a member of the coalition had died in Irbil on Wednesday, without providing further details.

“This incident is under investigation and further information will be released as appropriate,” the statement added.

The 56-year-old Spoettel apparently led 104 German soldiers and was tasked with “training” Kurdish soldiers in northern Iraq.

In the flurry of strange foreign news clips and disarrayed translations, this Turkish one from Hurriyet was obviously flawed on Google’s part.

The statement made by the KRG authorities, German Colonel Stephen Spöttel which remains in the early hours of Wednesday, which was announced dead in the hotel room. But the explanation was not given details about the cause of death Spöttel. Spöttel confirmed the death of the German army, but made a written statement, the incident was not suicide or murder, Spöttel of ‘natural causes’ was allegedly killed.

I always assumed military men (in all nations), even in the year 2015, lead less than glamorous lives filled with physical tribulation, primal discomforts and trying conditions bordering on the inhumane. Even the army brass. Not a journey for the weak and lazy, to be sure. So I was a little awed to discover that Spoettel’s dead body was discovered in the plush confines of the Cristal Erbil Hotel.

Sign me up for the German army!

It’s so Vegas, but so…not. I can’t imagine that boozing it up in Iraq is an inconsequential affair, like drinking a 6-pack in Columbus.

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