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ISIS kills US marine in Iraq

US soldier directs Kurdish forces in training exercise in Iraq
US soldier directs Kurdish forces in training exercise in Iraq
Reuters

ISIS killed a US marine in a rocket attack in northern Iraq Saturday, the Pentagon said, only the second American combat death in the fight against the jihadists.

"Earlier today a US Marine providing force protection fire support at a recently established coalition fire base near Makhmur in northern Iraq was killed after coming under ISIL [ISIS] rocket fire," a statement said.

Makhmur is a district around 70 kilometers southeast of the main IS hub of Mosul and 280 kilometers north of Baghdad.

It lies within territory controlled by the autonomous northern region of Kurdistan, but Baghdad has recently been deploying federal forces there to prepare for an offensive against Mosul.
"Several other Marines were wounded and they are being treated for their varying injuries," the Pentagon said. READ MORE