Dunford: Attack Injured 8 in Iraq; Security Not Compromised

Gen. Joseph Dunford listens as Defense Secretary Carter testifies on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, March 22, 2016, before the HASC hearing on the DoD's 2017 budget request. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Gen. Joseph Dunford listens as Defense Secretary Carter testifies on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, March 22, 2016, before the HASC hearing on the DoD's 2017 budget request. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gen. Joseph Dunford says eight Marines were injured in the Islamic State attack at a fire base in Iraq Saturday that killed one U.S. service member.

Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tells the House Armed Services Committee that the U.S. has not compromised security as it deploys forces to Iraq. He says President Barack Obama has approved any requests that have reached his desk.

The Pentagon previously said several Marines were injured, including some that were evacuated for treatment. Others were able to immediately return to duty.

Marine Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin of Temecula, California, was killed by rocket fire at Fire Base Bell on Saturday. It is the first such base established by the U.S. since it returned forces to Iraq in 2014.

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