ISIS rocket kills Marine, U.S. deploys more troops to Iraq

uni1458504436WASHINGTON, U.S. – The death of a U.S. marine in northern Iraq in an Islamic State rocket attack has strengthened the country’s resolve in fighting the terror outfit.

The Pentagon confirmed the death of Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin, a 27-year-old field artilleryman with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines.

The Pentagon issued a statement for the U.S.-led Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve claiming that more U.S. military support troops are being sent to Iraq in light of the recent strike by ISIS.

ISIS is said to have launched the rocket attack on a coalition base in Makhmur in which eight Marines were seriously injured.

Pentagon further specified that the undisclosed number of troops will be a detachment from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and will support Iraqi forces and international ground operations.

Reports stated that currently about 3,700 U.S. troops are on the ground in Iraq advising the Iraqi Army.

The statement added that the 26th MEU is deployed to maintain regional security in the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Arabian Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.