U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, 5 wounded

Iraq: two US soldiers killed, five wounded in internal incident

The United States military says two of its servicemen have been killed while carrying out combat operations in northern Iraq، but it has ruled out the role of "enemy contact" in their death، according to PressTV.

The troops were taking part in operations against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

The US Special Envoy for the anti-IS coalition, Brett McGurk, expressed his sorrow for the loss of the two unidentified soldiers.


"The entire counter-ISIS Coalition sends our deepest condolences to these heroes' families, friends and teammates", said Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, commander of the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve. "We honor and mourn their loss".

After a nine-month battle to oust ISIS from its last urban stronghold in Mosul, Iraqi forces - closely supported by the US -led coalition - are preparing to retake the ISIS-held town of Tal Afar west of the city.

According to Stars & Stripes, the USA -led coalition in Iraq is now in the process of taking the town of Tal Afar, which is now held by Islamic State. The troops are mainly providing training and logistic support to the Iraqi forces, in addition to airstrikes by a USA -led worldwide coalition. The vast majority operate within heavily guarded bases, collecting and sharing intelligence with Iraqi forces and providing logistical support.

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