Sad news coming out of Iraq…..2 more US soldiers have been killed in operations in Iraq against ISIS….
Two U.S. service members were killed on Sunday while on a mission to take out an ISIS stronghold in Iraq.
Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve confirmed on Monday that the two service members were killed by enemy forces while on a joint mission with the Iraqi Security Forces to clear the stronghold located in the mountains of central Iraq.
It’s not yet clear which branch(es) the service members were a part of. Their identities are withheld for 24 hours until next of kin notification.
May their families find the solace and closure that they deserve….and may their soldiers Rest In Peace.
With these deaths it is said that the US commanders are reviewing the ops policies…..
US officials say that commanders are reviewing how troops conduct missions in Iraq and Syria after an incident south of Irbil in which two US troops were killed fighting in a cave complex.
US operations in Iraq have become complicated since the assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. After Iraq failed to expel US forces from the country, they’ve made a point to not conduct joint operations with the US for most anti-ISIS engagements.
In this particular case, the US says the two Marines were working with Iraqi counter-terrorism forces, and had to be pulled out of a crevice they fell into. The recovery of the two bodies was a whole separate US operation that took six hours.
And while the US officials say they’ll continue to support Iraq against ISIS, these look to be very comprehensive reviews of when and how that happens. This may suggest that the US is not going to be so deeply engaged in the fight going forward, which likely will suit Iraq just fine.
Here is a novel idea…..review all they like but time to bring the troops out of this stalemate….these deaths are a waste of American lives..
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