According to the Daily Mail newspaper, two US troops were wounded over the weekend in separate ISIL attacks in Iraq and Syria, Pentagon officials said.
The casualty in Syria marks the first time an American soldier has been injured in that country since military advisors deployed there at the end of last year.
Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said the soldier was wounded by “indirect fire” — a term that typically refers to rocket or artillery fire — north of Raqa, the jihadists’ de facto capital.
The newspaper added that the Iraqi incident occurred near in northern Iraq near the city of Erbil, also by indirect fire, Davis said.
He stressed the troops was “not on the front line” and “were not engaged in active combat.”But Defense Secretary Ashton Carter later told reporters that “of course” the troops were in fact in combat.