Two US soldiers killed in northern Iraq

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 13, 2017

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.

Central Command said in a statement that five other soldiers were wounded in Sunday's incident, without providing further details. It did not identify the soldiers. "There are no words to describe the respect I have for you and sorrow I have for your loss".

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The U.S. military announcement came as thousands of U.S. troops are participating in the war against the IS group in Iraq. "I hope there is some small solace in knowing their loss has meaning for our country and all the nations of the Coalition as the fallen service members were fighting to defeat a truly evil enemy and to protect our homelands", Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, commander of CJTF-OIR was quoted as saying in the press release.

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.

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