2 US troops killed, more wounded in Iraq

IRBIL, Iraq — Two Americans were killed and five others wounded Sunday while conducting combat operations in northern Iraq, the U.S. military said.

In a statement, the U.S.-led international coalition Operation Inherent Resolve said initial reports indicated the incident was not due to contact with enemy forces. It is under investigation.
The statement did not name the slain soldiers, deferring identification to national authorities.

U.S. troops have been helping support Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State group — “a truly evil enemy” in the words of Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, Operation Inherent Resolve commander.

“The entire counter-ISIS coalition sends our deepest condolences to these heroes’ families, friends and teammates,” Townsend said in a statement. “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.”

After a nine-month battle to oust ISIS from its last urban stronghold in Mosul, Iraqi forces – closely supported by the U.S.-led coalition – are preparing to retake the ISIS-held town of Tal Afar west of the city.

The latest deaths bring to nine the number of Americans killed supporting Operation Inherent Resolve this year, including noncombat deaths. Nearly 50 Americans have been wounded in action since the anti-ISIS campaign began in August 2014, according to Pentagon data.

 

6 thoughts on “2 US troops killed, more wounded in Iraq”

    1. I just read your review. It still comes as a shock to me that since the fall/removal of Saddam Hussein in Iraq that the country and the region was capable of falling further still into ruin and yet here we are. The Kurds are now being displaced in the north after an uneasy alliance with Baghdad against the so called Islamic state, and once more the geo-political situation seems to be shifting towards a resurgent Taliban and yet more destabilization. Part of me feels that the Republics and the Emiri’s that once held such dominance over the region, at least gave some political stability. That of course depends entirely on where your politics lie. Are the United States to blame? Yes and no. How far do we go back to point the finger of blame for the appalling mess in this country? To America in 2003? The coalition in 1991? The Iran-Iraq war from 1979 onwards? The rise of Saddam’s Republic? Or even as far back as the British and the French defining the borders of the Middle East after World War I? I think all of these events contributed to what is now an ongoing humanitarian crisis, we have all in some way contributed and we bear a collective responsibility to the Iraqi people to put it right.

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