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Two U.S. service members were killed by "enemy forces" Sunday while advising and accompanying Iraqi Security Forces during a mission to eliminate an ISIS terrorist stronghold in a mountainous area of north-central Iraq, the U.S. military said in a statement to Fox News.
U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division clean the barrel of artillery at a military base north of Mosul, Iraq, Feb. 14, 2017. Picture taken February 14, 2017. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
The names of the service members are being withheld pending next of kin notification, in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the statement said.
The two Americans killed were Marine Raiders partnering with Iraqi Special Forces in a large operation against ISIS, an unidentified source familiar with the operation told Marine Corps Times. No other information was immediately released.
Fox News' Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.