2 service members killed by 'enemy forces' in Iraq


Two American soldiers fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq were killed during an operation alongside Iraqi forces, the coalition against the jihadists said Monday.

Two U.S. soldiers were killed as they accompanied and advised Iraqi security forces on a raid of an ISIS stronghold. Nevertheless, the global coalition against the terrorist group, which was established in 2014, remained in the country to assist the government in creating a sustainable Iraqi security force that could secure the nation's borders and ensure a lasting victory over the terrorist group.

About 5,200 American troops are now stationed in Iraq to assist Iraqi security forces as they fight the Islamic state militant group.

On Monday, Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service commandos clashed with militants on Qarah Dagh mountain, part of the Makhmour range, after discovering ISIS tunnels there, the country's security information cell said on Twitter.

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Earlier this year, the Iraqi Parliament voted to end the presence of all foreign troops in Iraq.

There was no immediate comment from Iraqi officials.

Two elite operators of a Marine Special Operations team were killed in Iraq on Sunday during an operation conducted against ISIS militants.

In a statement, Col. Myles B. Caggins III, a spokesman for the American-led mission in Iraq and Syria, said USA troops had to deploy additional forces to recover the dead in an effort that took roughly six hours.