Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on U.S. Casualty in Iraq

19 Mar 2016 | Courtesy The Official United States Marine Corps Public Website

Earlier today 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.

Several other Marines were wounded and they are being ‎treated for their varying injuries. ‎Additional identifying information will be provided after next of kin notification.

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.

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.

Defense Press Office, Duty Officer
Office of the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs
The Pentagon