Two U.S. service members were killed during an anti-ISIS mission in Iraq on March 8, according a statement from the Combined Joint Task Force — Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF–OIR).
The statement said that the service members were killed by enemy forces while advising and accompanying Iraqi Security Forces during a mission to eliminate an ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) terrorist stronghold in a mountainous area of north-central Iraq.
The names of the service members are withheld pending next of kin notification, in accordance with the U.S. Department of Defense policy, added the statement.
According to reports, the U.S. currently has roughly 5,200 troops stationed in Iraq. Their primary mission to assist and provide training to Iraqi security forces in the fight against the Islamic State terrorist group.