US service members killed and 5 others wounded in Iraq

Iraq: two US soldiers killed, five wounded in internal incident

Two US service members were killed and five were injured Sunday during combat operations in northern Iraq, according to a statement from US Central Command.

Five other soldiers were wounded, it said in a statement, without providing further details.

The statement did not name the slain soldiers, deferring identification to national authorities.

A separate statement released by the Islamic State on Sunday, apparently referring to the same incident, said it had carried out a rocket attack on US positions east of the Iraqi city of Tal Afar that the group claimed killed four American soldiers and injured six.

At least 6,000 US troops remain in Iraq. The vast majority operate within heavily guarded bases, collecting and sharing intelligence with Iraqi forces and providing logistical support.

More than 1,200 Iraqi strengths were executed in the fight for Mosul and more than 6,000 injured, U.S. Resistance Secretary Jim Mattis said recently. Two coalition service members died in non-combat related incidents in Iraq, one in January and another in February near Ramadi.

US and Iraqi army officers walk inside an Iraqi army base at Qayyara west of Mosul, Iraq, August 10, 2017.

Iraq's prime minister declared victory against IS in Mosul in July, and Iraqi forces are now preparing to retake the IS-held town of Tel Afar, to the west.

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