Saturday, March 19, 2016

Marine Killed Others Wounded in Iraq Rocket Attack

US servicemember killed by enemy fire in Iraq
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 19, 2016

A U.S. Marine was killed Saturday and several others were wounded in a rocket attack on a base in northern Iraq, U.S. officials said.

"Earlier today a U.S. Marine providing force protection fire support at a recently established coalition fire base near Makhmour in northern Iraq was killed after coming under ISIL rocket fire," Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement. He used an acronym for the Islamic State group. Several other Marines were wounded and being treated, he said. Further information would not be released until after notification of next of kin.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the servicemembers involved, their families and their coalition teammates who will continue the fight against ISIL with resolve and determination," Cook said.

The Makhmour base is outside Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, which was captured by the Islamic State group in 2014.
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