Soldiers from NY, Texas killed in Iraq

Soldiers from NY, Texas killed in Iraq
Posted at 11:59 PM, Aug 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-14 21:02:07-04

(CNN) – Soldiers from New York and Texas were killed in Iraq during counter-terrorism operations on Sunday. Five others suffered non life-threatening injuries.

The two men who died are Sgt. Roshain Euvince Brooks, 30, of Brooklyn, NY, and Spc. Allen Levi Stigler Jr., 22, of Arlington, TX. 

Pentagon spokesman, Army Col. Rob Manning, says an Army artillery unit was firing on an Islamic State mortar position "when a mishap occurred,”  the Associated Press is reporting. 

The troops were part of an international coalition which has been fighting ISIS in Iraq since 2014. The military said the incident is under investigation, and there's no indication ISIS was responsible.

Both soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, from Fort Bragg, NC, the U.S. Department of Defense said in a statement late on Monday. 


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