USA soldiers killed, 5 others wounded in Iraq

USA soldiers killed, 5 others wounded in 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.

In a statement, the US -led worldwide coalition Operation Inherent Resolve said initial reports indicated the incident was not due to contact with enemy forces; it is under investigation. Two more USA servicemembers have died in support of the operation. It did not identify the soldiers.

A separate statement released by the Islamic State on Sunday, apparently referring to the same incident, said it had carried out a rocket attack on U.S. positions east of the Iraqi city of Tal Afar that the group claimed killed four American soldiers and injured six.

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"There are no words to describe the respect I have for you and sorrow I have for your loss", Townsend continued.

Almost 5,000 troops now remain in Iraq, as the U.S. military continues to assist and train members of the Iraqi military.

IS claimed responsibility for the deaths of the two soldiers, saying in an online statement that their fighters fired Grad rockets on American troops east of Tal Afar, a town west of Mosul still under the militant's control. The service members were part of a USA -led coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq.

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