U.S. service member killed in Iraq after rocket attack

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An American service member was killed in an indirect fire rocket attack on a base at Makhmur in northern Iraq.

The base is located where the U.S. conducts advise-and-assist activities, a U.S. official told CNN Saturday.

The service member was on security duty there for force protection. A small number of other American troops were wounded in the attack, but the official declined to say how many or how seriously.

The official did not identify the service member killed as the family has not yet been notified.

The Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve confirmed the death of a coalition service member in a news release.

Iraqi General Sirwan Barzani told CNN that three coalition soldiers were wounded in the attack, which he said occurred around 9:30 a.m. local time.

Barzani added that his men in Makhmour are receiving rockets daily and some attacks have claimed Iraqi soldiers and Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

The last U.S. service member to be killed in Iraq as a result of hostile enemy action was Army Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, of Roland, Oklahoma, who died in October during a rescue mission in northern Iraq. Wheeler was the first American to die in combat in Iraq since November 2011.

Sunday marks the 13th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War.

CNN’s Muhammad Jambaz and Jamie Crawford contributed to this report.

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