US 82nd Airborne Div, firing M777 155mm Howitzer near Mosul, Iraq, 3 Feb 2017, by Spc Craig Jensen [US Army]

US Army Under Fire in Battle for #Mosul

US soldiers embedded with Iraqi forces have been engaged by ISIS in the battle for Western Mosul, according to Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Air Force Col. John Dorrian. Dorrian told reporters:

When someone is shooting at you that is combat. Yes. That has happened. [US forces] have come under fire at different times, they have returned fire at different times in and around Mosul.

He confirmed that 450 US military personnel and an undisclosed number of US special forces were assisting Iraqi Security Forces and Iraq’s elite Counter Terrorism Service. Iraqi and US forces recaptured eastern Mosul from ISIS in late January and are now pushing forward their offensive to take western Mosul.

US personnel have been moving out from command headquarters, advancing closer to front line positions, and have authority to support Iraqi units near the fighting.

The most recent figures available detail that a total of 31 US military personnel have become casualties in the fight against ISIS during Operation Inherent Resolve. The Pentagon did not release any further information.

Photo: U.S. Soldiers assigned to Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division fire their M777 towed 155 mm howitzer during a fire mission near Mosul, Iraq, Feb. 03, 2017. Battery C is supporting Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, the global Coalition to defeat ISIL in Iraq and Syria. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Craig Jensen.

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