Two US service members killed in combat operations

Iraq: two US soldiers killed, five wounded in internal incident

Iraq: two US soldiers killed, five wounded in internal incident

Two U.S. soldiers were killed and five others wounded during combat operations in northern Iraq, the U.S. military said on Sunday.

The US Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement that five other troopers also sustained injuries in the Sunday incident, without identifying the soldiers or providing more details regarding the circumstance of the deadly event.

The statement did not name the slain soldiers, deferring identification to national authorities.

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

Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the commander of US forces battling the Islamic State group in Iraq, said the coalition "sends our deepest condolences to these heroes' families, friends and teammates".

A US-led coalition is supporting Iraqi forces in operations against the militant Islamic State group, notably in the north of the country.

Daesh terrorost group has claimed responsibility for killing two U.S. soldiers west of Iraqi Mosul, Reuters reported.

Iraq's prime minister declared victory against IS in Mosul in July, and Iraqi forces are now preparing to retake the IS-held town of Tel Afar, to the west.

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