Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Daesh Claims Responsibility for Killing 2 US Soldiers in Iraq

Daesh Claims Responsibility for Killing 2 US Soldiers in Iraq

Two US service members were killed and five were injured Sunday during combat operations in northern Iraq, according to a statement from US Central Command.

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The cause of the casualties has not been released by authorities but "initial reports indicate the incident was not due to enemy contact", the DoD said, adding that the incident is under investigation.

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Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the US -led coalition in Iraq and Syria, called the Islamic State claim "false" and said the casualties on Sunday were "not because of enemy fire". "We honor and mourn their loss". In addition to the two troops killed Sunday, five other USA troops have been killed in Iraq in the fight against IS, including two in the battle to retake the northern city of Mosul. The authenticity of the statement could not be confirmed.

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Military "advisers" from several countries have also been aiding federal Iraqi forces on the frontlines. Although residents celebrated the extremists being chased out of the city, many of their neighborhoods lay in ruins while thousands of civilians had been killed and over 1 million people displaced. The vast majority operate within heavily guarded bases, collecting and sharing intelligence with Iraqi forces and providing logistical support. As well as the two soldiers killed Sunday, five more Americans have been killed in the fight against IS, including two in the battle of Mosul.

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