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US Marine Killed in IS Rocket Attack in Northern Iraq

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers huddle around Maj. Gen. Sirwan Barzani in Makhmour, Iraq. Makhmour is expected to serve as a staging point for Iraqi and Peshmerga forces in the advance against IS-controlled Mosul, March 8, 2016. (S. Behn/VOA)

A U.S. Marine was killed Saturday after coming under rocket fire from Islamic State militants in Makhmour, Iraq.

A U.S. Defense Department spokesman said several other Marines were wounded in the attack. A member of the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga based in Makhmour told VOA three Iraqi soldiers were also wounded in the incident.

Makhmour, an area the Peshmerga seized back from Islamic State in 2014, is expected to be one of the staging points for Iraqi and Peshmerga forces in the long-promised battle for Mosul.

U.S. forces are working with Iraqi forces, who recently moved into the area. Makhmour has come under frequent rocket attacks.

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    Sharon Behn

    Sharon Behn is a foreign correspondent working out of Voice of America’s headquarters in Washington D.C  Her current beat focuses on political, security and humanitarian developments in Iraq, Syria and Turkey. Follow Sharon on Twitter and on Facebook.