Two US service members killed in Iraq

Two US service members killed in Iraq

Sadie Cooper, Reporter

On Sunday two US service members were killed while in Iraq. It has been said, by the Pentagon, on Monday morning that they were killed by enemy forces. The names of the members that were killed have not been released and are pending authorization from next of kin. 

In the statement, it says that the soldiers were killed while “advising and accompanying Iraqi Security Forces during a mission to eliminate an ISIS terrorist stronghold” in the country. 

The bodies of the soldiers were recovered on Sunday Evening by a US-led coalition. Spokesman Col. Myles Caggins said:  “The forces trekked through mountainous terrain and eliminated four hostile ISIS fighters who were barricaded in the caves. The recovery took approximately six hours.” 

This year, the Iraqi Parliament voted to remove all foreign troops from the country. This was the country’s way of rebuking the US for the airstrike on Qasem Soleimani, a top Iranian commander who was killed in January.

In January, CNN reported that there were roughly about 5,000 US troops stationed in Iraq. The Trump administration has said it does not intend to pull troops out of the country.