Two U.S. service members were killed and five others were injured during combat operations in northern Iraq on Sunday, Operation Inherent Resolve announced.
Initial reports indicated the incident was not due to enemy contact, and the incident is under investigation.
“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. “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.”
The service members had not yet been identified.
In conjunction with partner forces, Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) defeats ISIS in designated areas of Iraq and Syria and sets conditions for follow-on operations to increase regional stability.