The United States military said that two American soldiers were killed during "combat operations" in northern Iraq on Sunday but that initial findings indicate the deaths were not caused by "enemy contact".
Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the administrator of USA strengths doing combating the Islamic State aggregate in Iraq, said the coalition "sends our most profound sympathies to these legends' families, companions and partners". "I hope there is some small solace in knowing their loss has meaning for our country and all the nations of the coalition".
More than 5,000 US troops are taking part in the war against IS in Iraq, according the Pentagon.
The US Special Envoy for the anti-IS coalition, Brett McGurk, expressed his sorrow for the loss of the two unidentified soldiers.
"Two U.S. service members were killed and five injured conducting combat operations in northern Iraq, Aug. 13, 2017", the U.S. Central Command said in a statement posted on its website. The authenticity of the statement could not be confirmed. The troops are mainly providing training and logistic support to the Iraqi forces, in addition to airstrikes by a USA -led global coalition.
Close to 5,000 USA troops are now aiding in the fight against ISIS. The vast majority operate within heavily guarded bases, collecting and sharing intelligence with Iraqi forces and providing logistical support.