Two US service members killed in combat operations

US military says 2 American soldiers killed in Iraq

Two US soldiers were killed and five wounded in northern Iraq on Sunday during "combat operations", a statement from the American military said.

The statement did not name the slain soldiers, deferring identification to national authorities. "There are no words to describe the respect I have for you and sorrow I have for your loss". The service members were part of a USA -led coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq.

Almost 5,000 troops now remain in Iraq, as the USA military continues to assist and train members of the Iraqi military.

But as the fight has evolved over the past three years, more and more USA troops are operating close to the front lines.

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More than 1,200 Iraqi forces were killed in the battle for Mosul and more than 6,000 wounded, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said earlier this month.

The incident came nearly one month after the Iraqi government declared victory over ISIS in the terror network's stronghold of Mosul.

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