Two US soldiers killed in northern Iraq

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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. The towns include Tal Afar, about 65 kilometres west of Mosul, where Iraqi troops and militiamen have been gathering ahead of what is expected to be the next major offensive in the campaign against the Islamic State.

The US Special Envoy for the anti-IS coalition, Brett McGurk, expressed his sorrow for the loss of the two unidentified soldiers. The service members were part of a US -led coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq. "We honor and mourn their loss".

Daesh terrorost group has claimed responsibility for killing two U.S. soldiers west of Iraqi Mosul, Reuters reported. The authenticity of the statement could not be confirmed.

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The U.S. military announcement came as thousands of U.S. troops are participating in the war against the IS group in Iraq. While the majority stay on heavily-fortified bases carrying out logistics or advisory roles, some have found themselves on the front lines.

"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.