first published on June 1, 2016 by Will
Two US troops were wounded in separate ISIS attacks in both Iraq and Syria over Memorial Day weekend. The medical condition of the troops wasn’t released to the public, but the injuries were sufficient enough that the service members were unable to return to duty.
Both Americans were said to be wounded behind friendly lines by indirect fire weaponry, i.e. mortars, rockets, or artillery. One of the troops was wounded in the vicinity of Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, while the other became a casualty as part of the ongoing Raqqa/Manbij operations in Syria. This is the first reported U.S. troop casualty in Syria.
Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said, “In both cases, these were people operating behind the forward line of troops. They were not on the front lines, they were not engaged in active combat… They were not out trigger-pulling offensively,” as reported by Military Times.