Some US Marines on ground in Iraq ‘to fight ISIS’

Iraqi soldiers participate in a training exercise with American and Spanish trainers, which includes live ammunition, at Basmaya base, 40 kilometers southeast of Baghdad, Iraq. (File photo: AP)

A detachment of US Marines is on the ground in Iraq to support US and coalition efforts against ISIS, the US military said on Sunday.

A group of Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, or MEU, will add to the US forces already in Iraq battling ISIS, it said.

The 26th MEU is currently deployed in the US 5th Fleet area of operations, which covers the Gulf, Red Sea, Arabian Sea, and parts of the Indian Ocean.

A sailor cleans the canopy of an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Knighthawks of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron 136 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Fifth Fleet area of operations. (File photo: AP)

A sailor cleans the canopy of an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Knighthawks of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron 136 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Fifth Fleet area of operations. (File photo: AP)

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