US troops have been stationed in neighbouring Iraq since 2014 [File:Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters]
Reuters: U.S. military says will not disclose details on injured service members
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military will not provide details on specific cases of American service members injured in Iraq and Syria because it could give information to Islamic State militants, a Pentagon spokesman said on Tuesday
The spokesman, Peter Cook, was responding to a question at a Pentagon press briefing seeking confirmation that four Americans had been wounded in Syria earlier this month.
Cook said there had been no a change in policy and aggregate numbers would still be provided.
"Our policy is not to identify wounded service members for a variety of reasons, including operational security, including privacy reasons," Cook said.
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