Pentagon assigns new marine group to Iraq to fight ISIL

Announcement comes one day after US marine was killed and several others were hurt in a rocket attack against ISIL on an Iraqi base

Pentagon assigns new marine group to Iraq to fight ISIL

World Bulletin / News Desk

Pentagon has assigned a detachment of U.S. marines on the ground in Iraq to support international coalition efforts against ISIL, it was announced Sunday.

The group of Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will provide additional support to Iraqi security forces and the U.S.-led coalition, who are already on the ground to defeat ISIL, according to a statement of the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve.

This assignment was carried out after consultation with the Iraqi government, the statement adds. But how this new additional group will support efforts against ISIL on the ground has not been clarified in the statement.

The 26th Marine Unit is currently deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations - the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Arabian Sea, and parts of the Indian Ocean.

The announcement came one day after a U.S. marine was killed and several others were hurt in a rocket attack against ISIL on an Iraqi base.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Mart 2016, 11:34
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