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USA soldiers killed in Iraq, 5 wounded

14 August 2017

Two American troopers have been executed while leading battle operations in Iraq, the USA military said Sunday, including that "underlying reports demonstrate the occurrence was not because of foe contact".

According to the statement, initial reports suggest the casualties did not come as a result of "enemy contact".

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"The entire counter-ISIS Coalition sends our deepest condolences to these heroes' families, friends and teammates", said Army Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, commander of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve. It did not identify the soldiers.

According to Stars & Stripes, the US -led coalition in Iraq is now in the process of taking the town of Tal Afar, which is now held by Islamic State. "We honor and mourn their loss".

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"Two U.S. service members were killed and five injured conducting combat operations in northern Iraq, Aug. 13, 2017", the U.S. Central Command said in a statement posted on its website.

The US has over 5,000 troops in Iraq involved in the campaign against Islamic State.

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A month after Iraq's Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi declared victory over ISIS in Mosul, the coalition continues to aid the Iraqi armed forces fight against ISIS in other towns throughout the country. 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.

USA soldiers killed in Iraq, 5 wounded