US service member killed by enemy fire in Iraq

The Pentagon says a coalition service member was killed Saturday by enemy fire in northern Iraq.

A U.S. official tells The Associated Press the individual was an American stationed at the Makhmour base outside the Islamic State group-held city of Mosul.

The attack was an "indirect fire attack," specifically rockets, the official said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he wasn't authorized to brief the media.

Two Iraqi commanders stationed at the base also reported a rocket attack Saturday, but denied anyone had been hurt or killed.

The U.S.-led coalition reports that as Iraqi troops have built up at Makhmour in preparation for an assault on Mosul, the frequency of indirect fire attacks there has increased.

The last U.S. service member killed in Iraq was in October 2015.