The two American soldiers killed in northern Iraq on Sunday lost their lives due to a US artillery “mishap,” says a Pentagon spokesman.
Army Colonel Rob Manning said Monday that “a mishap occurred” as a US Army artillery unit was targeting a mortar position of the Daesh Takfiri terror group.
Five other soldiers sustained injuries, which Manning said were not life-threatening.
Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, the US colonel asserted that there was “no indication” that Daesh (ISIL) could have played a role in the deaths.
The names of the dead soldiers have not been released as an investigation is underway.
As it announced the news Sunday, the US military rushed to say that the incident did not involve enemy fire without elaborating on other details.
Daesh has, meanwhile, proclaimed that it is responsible for the two deaths.
The slain troops were part of the so-called US-led coalition, which is allegedly fighting the Takfiri…