One U.S. Marine was killed and several others were wounded Saturday at a northern Iraqi base after it came under rocket attack from Islamic State militants, Pentagon officials said.
“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, using an acronym for the Islamic State. “Several other Marines were wounded and they are being treated for their varying injuries.”
Cook said the names of the dead and wounded Marines were being withheld pending notification of their relatives.
The last American servicemember to be killed in combat in Iraq was Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, 39, who died in October.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Tom Vanden Brook