August 13, 2017 Release # 20170813-02 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Operation Inherent Resolve Casualties
SOUTHWEST ASIA – Two U.S. service members were killed and five injured conducting combat operations in northern Iraq, Aug. 13, 2017.
Initial reports indicate the incident was not due to enemy contact.
The incident is under investigation.
“The entire counter-ISIS Coalition sends our deepest condolences to these heroes’ families, friends and teammates,” said Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, commander of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. “There are no words to describe the respect I have for you and sorrow I have for your loss. I hope there is some small 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.”
Further information will be released as appropriate.
It accordance with policy, the Coalition defers casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities.