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

Tribute to US Soldiers Killed in Iraq

Inherent Resolve Official Pays Tribute to Fallen Paratroopers

US Army Colonel Ryan Dillon (CJTF-OIR) paid tribute to two soldiers who died August 13 while engaging in combat operations in Iraq

Soldiers Named as Allen Stigler and Roshain Brooks

Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon in a teleconference from Baghdad, August 16, Dillon said:

Sgt. Allen Stigler, 22, of Arlington, Texas, and Sgt. Roshain Brooks, 30, of Brooklyn, New York, artillerymen with the 82nd Airborne Division, were killed while conducting a counterfire mission against an ISIS mortar site when an explosion occurred.

Soldiers’ Deaths Under Investigation

There is no indication the deaths were a result of enemy contact, he said, adding that an investigation is underway.

“The Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve extends its most sincere condolences to the family, friends and teammates of these courageous paratroopers,” he said. The soldiers were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

In Iraq, the Iraqi federal police continue to conduct security operations in Mosul, Dillon said, noting the coalition maintains support to the Iraqi security forces as they reset and prepare for follow-on operations in Ninevah province.

Source: US Department of Defense

Image: US Army 82nd Airborne Division, firing M777 155mm Howitzer near Mosul, Iraq, 3 Feb 2017, by Spc Craig Jensen.

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