Two US soldiers killed, five injured, in northern Iraq

Two US soldiers killed, five injured, in northern Iraq
The US military said two service members have been killed in northern Iraq on Sunday, and five others injured, as coalition forces continue to battle Islamic State fighters.
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13 August, 2017
US troops are leading an international coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq [AFP]

Two US soldiers were killed and five wounded in northern Iraq on Sunday during "combat operations", a statement from the American military said.

"Initial reports indicate the incident was not due to enemy contact," said the statement from Centcom, the US military command in the Middle East.

It added that an investigation was under way, but gave no further details about what happened or where.

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

"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."

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

According to the website, which lists coalition casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, 11 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq this year.