News ID: 198569
Published: 1231 GMT August 13, 2017

US Central Command: 2 troops killed in northern Iraq

US Central Command: 2 troops killed in northern Iraq

The United States military says two of its servicemen have been killed while carrying out combat operations in northern Iraq, but it has ruled out the role of “enemy contact” in their death.

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 slain troops were part of the so-called US-led coalition, which was formed in 2014, with a purported aim of fighting the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group in Iraq but it was later expanded to include territories in eastern and northern Syria.

However, the so-called coalition has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been largely incapable of fulfilling its declared aim of eliminating Daesh.

The Pentagon has admitted to killing almost 500 civilians in the US campaign over the past three years, but monitoring group Airwars says the actual number is about 3,800.

Back in March 17, a US-led airstrike in the then Daesh-held city of Mosul killed 105 civilians sheltered in the bottom floors of a structure.



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