US Troops Killed, 5 Injured In Northern Iraq

Two US servicemen were killed and five injured during the US-led coalition’s combat operations against Daesh in northern Iraq, the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) said Sunday in a press release.

“Initial reports indicate the incident was not due to enemy contact”, the brief statement said, adding that the incident is under investigation.

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After a nine-month battle to oust ISIS from its last urban stronghold in Mosul, Iraqi forces – closely supported by the USA -led coalition – are preparing to retake the ISIS-held town of Tal Afar west of the city. They were not immediately identified.

“The entire counter-ISIS [Daesh] Coalition sends our deepest condolences to these heroes’ families, friends, and teammates”.

The Coalition, made up of dozens of countries, has been active since 2014, fighting a mainly aerial campaign against IS.

Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the commander of USA forces battling the Islamic State group in Iraq, said the coalition “sends our deepest condolences to these heroes’ families, friends and teammates”.

Within Iraq, the coalition’s main focus is to liberate the towns of Tal Afar, Hawija and the town of Al Qaim in the Euphrates River valley.