Statement declines to offer number wounded in offensive
Fresh on the heels of reports from Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend that US ground troops have been sent closer to the front lines in the offensive in Mosul, Pentagon officials are now admitting that “some number” of US troops have been wounded in the last six to eight weeks in Mosul.
The indications from Tonwsend’s comments were that President Trump dramatically loosened restrictions on US “non-combat” troops in Iraq being embedded into combat operations, and Col. John Dorrian, a coalition spokesman, conceded they have been under fire “at different times” since then.
The admission suggests the woundings happened as far back as eight weeks ago, and that the Pentagon is only now willing to confirm that the incidents happened. Even more noteworthy, officials are still openly refusing to say how many US troops were wounded in Mosul, insisting it was just “some number.”