Coalition: Two U.S. Service Members Killed In Northern Iraq

Coalition: Two U.S. Service Members Killed In Northern Iraq

Two U.S. service members were killed while conducting combat operations in northern Iraq, Coalition Forces said on Sunday (August 13).

The Coalition released a statement on Sunday saying five other service members of the United States were also wounded during the combat operations in northern Iraq.

The anti-Islamic State (ISIS) Coalition further said the initial reports indicated that the incident was not due to “enemy contact”.

The incident is under investigation, the Coalition’s statement read.

"The entire counter-ISIS Coalition sends our deepest condolences to these heroes' families, friends and teammates," Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, commander of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) said.

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

Meanwhile, ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack on the U.S. army in western Mosul.

In a previous incident, the Coalition said on May 3 that a Coalition’s service member was killed by enemy fire in Iraq.

A U.S. service member was also killed by an explosion of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on April 29 near Mosul in northern Iraq.

In January, the CJTF-OIR said a Coalition service member was killed in a “non-combat related incident” in Iraq.