US troops operating around Mosul have come under fire from ISIS and some have been wounded in the last six to eight weeks as they have moved closer to the front lines in Iraq, military officials acknowledged Tuesday, CNN reported.
“Yes, they have been under fire at different times,” Col. John Dorrian, a coalition spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve said at a Pentagon news conferenc.
“They have come under fire at different times. They have returned fire at different times in and around Mosul. That has happened at different times,” Dorrian added.
He did however refuse to explain the gravitude and circumstances of the injuries.
Although not taking part in direct conflict, when fired upon, US troops have reacted, Dorrian revealed.
“When someone is shooting at you, that is combat,” Dorrian said. “Yes, that has happened.”