Iraq Rocket Attack Kills US Service Member Others wounded in strike on Makhmur base By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Mar 19, 2016 9:08 AM CDT 37 comments Comments American and Spanish trainers are seen during exercises at a base near Baghdad. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim) (Newser) – An American service member was killed by a rocket attack on a base in northern Iraq on Saturday—13 years to the day after the Iraq war began in 2003. A US official tells CNN that the service member, who was on security duty at the Makhmur base, was killed and several other troops were wounded in the attack. The service member, whom the military will not identify until his family has been notified, is the first American to die from hostile action in Iraq this year. In October last year, Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler of Roland, Okla. was killed during a raid that freed scores of ISIS captives. He was the first American killed by hostile action in Iraq since 2011.