Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin, a 27-year-old field artilleryman with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, was killed at about 9 a.m. Saturday when Islamic State group militants launched a rocket attack on a coalition base in Makhmur. Eight other Marines were injured in the attack on the newly established base, which is roughly 60 miles outside of Mosul.
Cardin was deployed with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which sent a detachment of Marines to Makhmur to guard the base. The Marines were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S. military's campaign against ISIS.
Cardin, of Temecula, California, joined the Marine Corps in June 2006 and was based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He deployed to Iraq once before and to Afghanistan three times.
Marine officials said in a statement Sunday that the service's priority is to provide care to the families and loved ones of those affected by the attack.
"The loss of a service member greatly affects us all. This tragedy saddens II Marine Expeditionary Force and the 26th MEU."
Cardin's death is the second combat death since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve. Peter Cook, a Pentagon spokesman, said Saturday that "coalition teammates who will continue the fight against ISIL with resolve and determination," using another acronym for the terror group.
In October, Army Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler was killed during a Delta Force raid on an ISIS prison compound, making him the first American military casualty in Iraq since November 2011.
Makhmur was the site of an ISIS mustard gas attack last August by ISIS which sickened dozens of Kurdish troops. The attack was confirmed by U.S. military officials after shards of spent mortar shells tested positive for mustard gas.
Matthew L. Schehl covers training and education, recruiting, West Coast Marines, MARSOC, and operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East for Marine Corps Times. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.