The injury is not life-threatening, Warren said. It was not clear whether the soldier was hit with bullet fragmentation from a round that had ricocheted, or debris kicked up by the incoming fire.
The incident highlights that U.S. troops still face dangers in Iraq, even though U.S. officials say they are there in a non-combat role as trainers and advisers. Besemaya is home to one of the training sites at which U.S. troops are training Iraqi forces for combat, and the Americans provide their own security, Warren said.
The soldier who was wounded and another American returned fire after coming under attack, Warren said.