Two U.S. service members died and five others were wounded on Aug. 13 in Northern Iraq, the Pentagon announced. According to initial reports, the incident was not related to combat operations, and is under investigation. “The entire counter-ISIS 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 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,” Army Lt. Gen. Steven J. Townsend, commander of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, said. The Pentagon withheld identification of the casualties, pending notification of their next of kin.
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