Two US service members killed in northern Iraq

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

Two U.S. service members were killed and five others injured in an unclear incident in northern Iraq, Operation Inherent Resolve announced early Sunday.

Five other American service members were hurt from Sunday's incident.

The statement did not name the slain soldiers, deferring identification to national authorities.

"There are no words to describe the respect I have for you and sorrow I have for your loss", said coalition commander Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend extending his condolences to the families and fellow soldiers of those killed.

US troops have been helping support Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State group - "a truly evil enemy" in the words of Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, Operation Inherent Resolve commander.

A US-led coalition is supporting Iraqi forces in operations against the militant Islamic State group, notably in the north of the country.

But as the fight has evolved over the past three years, more and more USA troops are operating close to the front lines.

Back in March 17, a US-led airstrike in the then Daesh-held city of Mosul killed 105 civilians sheltered in the bottom floors of a structure.

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