MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Two US servicemen were killed and five injured during the US-led coalition's combat operations against Daesh in northern Iraq, the Combined Joint Task Force — Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) said Sunday in a press release.
Initial reports indicated that the tragic incident was not due to enemy contact and the investigation into the case had been launched, according to the press release.
"The entire counter-ISIS [Daesh] Coalition sends our deepest condolences to these heroes’ families, friends, and teammates. 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," Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, commander of CJTF-OIR was quoted as saying in the press release.
Mosul was taken back by the Iraqi army supported by the US-led coalition last month after serving as Daesh's stronghold in Iraq since 2014.