Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Pentagon Will Not Disclose Details On Specific Cases Of American Service Members Injured In Iraq And Syria

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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WNU Editor: Are these U.S. service personnel casualties due to chemical weapons? The speculation abounds.

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