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2 US service members killed, 5 injured in northern Iraq


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WASHINGTON, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Two U.S. service members were killed and five injured during combat operations in northern Iraq on Sunday, the military said, adding that initial reports indicated the incident was not due to enemy contact.

In a statement the military said the incident was under investigation. The service members were part of a U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq.

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"The entire counter-ISIS Coalition sends our deepest condolences to these heroes' families, friends and teammates," said Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, commander of the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve.

"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." (Reporting by Lucia Mutikani; Editing by Alison Williams, Greg Mahlich)

Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service works to recapture Mosul from ISIS

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    Members of Iraq's Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) advance in the Old City of Mosul on July 5, 2017, during the government forces' ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Iraqi forces have been closing in on the Old City in west Mosul for months, but the terrain combined with a large civilian population has made for an extremely difficult fight. / AFP PHOTO / Fadel SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Members of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) advance through Mosul's Old City on July 6, 2017, during the offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Iraqi forces battled the last remaining jihadists in Mosul's Old City, where the UN said up to 20,000 civilians are trapped and in 'extreme danger'. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A member of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) raises the victory gesture as others hold upside-down the black flag of the Islamic State (IS) group, outside the destroyed Al-Nuri Mosque in the Old City of Mosul, after the area was retaken from IS, on June 30, 2017. Explosions on June 21 evening levelled the mosque, where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi gave his first sermon as leader of the Islamic State group and its ancient minaret. Iraq will declare victory in the eight-month battle to retake second city Mosul from jihadists in the 'next few days,' a senior commander said on June 30, 2017. Iraqi forces launched the gruelling battle for Mosul on October 17, 2016, advancing to the city and retaking its eastern side before setting their sights on the smaller but more densely populated west. / AFP PHOTO / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    TOPSHOT - A member of Iraq's Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) advances in the Old City of Mosul on July 5, 2017, during the government forces' ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Iraqi forces have been closing in on the Old City in west Mosul for months, but the terrain combined with a large civilian population has made for an extremely difficult fight. / AFP PHOTO / Fadel SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Civilians flee as members of Iraq's Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) advance in the Old City of Mosul on July 5, 2017, during the government forces' ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Iraqi forces have been closing in on the Old City in west Mosul for months, but the terrain combined with a large civilian population has made for an extremely difficult fight. / AFP PHOTO / Fadel SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A member of Iraq's Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) advances in the Old City of Mosul on July 5, 2017, during the government forces' ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Iraqi forces have been closing in on the Old City in west Mosul for months, but the terrain combined with a large civilian population has made for an extremely difficult fight. / AFP PHOTO / Fadel SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A member of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) stands outside a doorway while advancing in the Old City of Mosul on July 5, 2017, during the government forces' ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Iraqi forces have been closing in on the Old City in west Mosul for months, but the terrain combined with a large civilian population has made for an extremely difficult fight. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A member of Iraq's Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) climbs through a hole in a wall while advancing in the Old City of Mosul on July 5, 2017, during the government forces' ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Iraqi forces have been closing in on the Old City in west Mosul for months, but the terrain combined with a large civilian population has made for an extremely difficult fight. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A member of Iraq's Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) holds a position in the Old City of Mosul on July 5, 2017, during the government forces' ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Iraqi forces have been closing in on the Old City in west Mosul for months, but the terrain combined with a large civilian population has made for an extremely difficult fight. / AFP PHOTO / Fadel SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Civilians flee as members of Iraq's Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) advance in the Old City of Mosul on July 5, 2017, during the government forces' ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Iraqi forces have been closing in on the Old City in west Mosul for months, but the terrain combined with a large civilian population has made for an extremely difficult fight. / AFP PHOTO / Fadel SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A member Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) rests inside a house in the Maidan district in Mosul's Old City on July 4, 2017, during the ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
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    TOPSHOT - Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) advance inside a house in the Maidan district in Mosul's Old City on July 4, 2017, during the ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
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    TOPSHOT - Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) stand guard next to Mosul's destroyed ancient leaning minaret, known as the 'Hadba' (Hunchback), in the Old City of Mosul on July 4, 2017, during the ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. / AFP PHOTO / Fadel SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A member of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) uses a cell-phone while sitting outside the door of a humvee in the vicinity of the destroyed Al-Nuri mosque in the Old City of Mosul on July 2, 2017, during the offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) advance inside a house in the Maidan district in Mosul's Old City on July 4, 2017, during the ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
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    TOPSHOT - An Iraqi flag waves as it hangs outside a Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) humvee driving past the destroyed Al-Nuri Mosque in the Old City of Mosul on July 2, 2017 during the Iraqi government forces' offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Explosions on the evening of June 21, 2017 levelled the mosque where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi gave his first sermon as leader of the Islamic State group, along with its ancient minaret. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A member of Iraq's Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) poses for a picture in a skeleton-defaced ski-mask, as Iraqi forces advance towards the Old City of Mosul on June 20, 2017 during the ongoing offensive by Iraqi forces to retake the last district still held by the Islamic State (IS) group. / AFP PHOTO / Ahmad al-Rubaye (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A member of Iraq's elite Counter-Terrorism Service smokes a waterpipe (narjileh or shisha) while on a break, during the advance towards the Old City of Mosul on June 19, 2017 as the ongoing offensive continues to retake the last district still held by the Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Iraqi forces pushed deeper into Mosul's Old City after launching a final assault on the Islamic State group, warning civilians to stay inside and telling jihadists to 'surrender or die'. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)
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    An Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) sniper takes a shot during the advance towards the Grand Mosque of Nuri in the Old City of Mosul on June 29, 2017, as the offensive by Iraqi forces continues to retake the last district still held by the Islamic State (IS) group. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Members of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) rest and regroup while advancing towards the Grand Mosque of Nuri in the Old City of Mosul on June 29, 2017, during the ongoing offensive by Iraqi forces to retake the last district still held by the Islamic State (IS) group. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A member of Iraq's elite Counter-Terrorism Service waves as another holds a cell while on a break, during the advance towards the Old City of Mosul on June 19, 2017 as the ongoing offensive continues to retake the last district still held by the Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Iraqi forces pushed deeper into Mosul's Old City after launching a final assault on the Islamic State group, warning civilians to stay inside and telling jihadists to 'surrender or die'. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)

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