At Makhmur in northern Iraq, a US marine was killed on Saturday in a rocket attack by ISIS, a Pentagon official said in a statement. This marks the second death of an American service member in combat since 2014.
“A U.S. Marine providing force protection fire support at a recently established coalition fire base near Makhmur in northern Iraq was killed after coming under ISIL rocket fire,” said Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook, “Several other Marines were wounded and they are being treated for their varying injuries,” He added.
Cook also added that the identity of killed marine will only be revealed after the family has been notified.The time of the attack was around 9:30 am, the Iraqi General Sirman Barzani told CNN
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Iraqi soldiers and Kurdish Peshmerga forces have also been killed in the attack as Makhmur is an active site of rocket attacks. Makhmur is also the site where American trainers and advisers are helping Iraqi Kurds to regain Mosul from IS, The New York Times reports.
The death of the marine is a reminder to the American troops that even assisting Iraqi Kurds can be a dangerous task as they can risk their lives.”This is the second combat death since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve, and it reminds us of the risks our men and women in uniform face everyday,” Cook to said Saturday to US Today.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the service members involved, their families and their coalition teammates who will continue the fight against ISIL with resolve and determination.”
Two days prior to the death of the marine, Secretary of State,John Kerry declared that Islamic State has committed genocide against Christians, Yazidis and Shiite Muslims in Syria and Iraq.
Army Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, of Roland, Oklahoma was the last service member to be killed in Iraq.
This Sunday will complete 13 years of Iraq War.